Twitter Reactions: Denly, Peirson seal the deal for Heat after spinners choke Strikers

Twitter Reactions: Denly, Peirson seal the deal for Heat after spinners choke Strikers

Jimmy Peirson showed no urgency and kept his head cool during his 69-run stand with Joe Denly for the fourth wicket.

Jimmy Peirson
Jimmy Peirson. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Brisbane Heat progressed through the Eliminator clash against Adelaide Strikers, winning the fixture by 6 wickets at the Gabba, and will meet the Sydney Thunder on Sunday. After the Strikers elected to bat, they thoroughly struggled to gain any sort of momentum with the bat as spinners Mitchell Swepson and Marnus Labuschagne tightened the noose around them.

Although Jake Weatherald found himself going, the same was nowhere to be found for Alex Carey, who holed out to long-on off Swepson after laboring his way to a 22-ball 13. There was as much discipline from the spinners of Heat as there was a lack of intent in the Strikers’ batsmen.

Spinners’ web around Strikers

Weatherald hit a four and six as he somehow managed to take his strike rate above a run-a-ball, however, even the desperate dive could not save him from being run out, having shown greed of converting a single into double. Travis Head’s outing was not much different than that of his ally Carey. So much so that he even chose to hole out in the same area off Labuschagne after a boundary-less 21-ball stay for 12 runs.

Phil Salt and Jonathan Wells tried their best to revive a lifeless inning after Swepson struck to remove Matt Renshaw cheaply. Hitting three fours in his 20-run knock, Wells ensured that the team reached a total, which was capable to give some competition at least.

Denly, Peirson steady Heat’s ship

After an unimposing performance with the bat, some disciplined spells of bowling from Michael Neser, Dany Briggs, and Peter Siddle meant that the Heat was reduced to 23/3 after just three overs of their response. Neser struck in the opening over, cleaning up Chris Lynn cheaply before Marnus Labuschagne chipped one-off Agar straight to mid-on. When Siddle pinned Sam Heazlett lbw in the fourth over, there was a clear air of panic in the Heat’s camp.

The dry track at Gabba had shown enough that it was not the one where going ballistic was the way. One more wicket for the Strikers could have proved fatal for Heat, and realizing the same, Joe Denly chose to keep things running for the team from his end. He was well assisted by Jimmy Peirson, who, too, showed no urgency and kept his head cool during his 69-run stand from 61 deliveries for the fourth wicket.

The Heat was still 39 runs away from the target when Denly (41 from 40), for the first time, lost his patience and perished to Briggs after picking the man at long-off. Joe Burns (17 from 17) then joined forces with Peirson (47 from 44) and ensured that Labuschagne and Swepson’s efforts did not go in vain.

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