Twitter Reactions: Glenn Maxwell's blitzkrieg blows away Heat in a low-scoring clash

Twitter Reactions: Glenn Maxwell’s blitzkrieg blows away Heat in a low-scoring clash

Once skipper Maxwell entered into the scheme of things, the opponents’ grip over the game became weaker and weaker.

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Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

The second game of the Big Bash League witnessed action between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars. Winning the toss, Melbourne Stars’ skipper Glenn Maxwell decided to field first. Starting the proceeding for them was Clint Hinchliffe, who dismissed Seam Heazlett (14 from 13) to give an early breakthrough to Stars. The Heat were unable to break loose at the start, however, Max Bryant and Chris Lynn’s second-wicket partnership led them to gain the much-needed momentum.

Trying to cash in on the chance and pressing the accelerator, Max Bryant’s knock came to an end as he edged one off Coulter-Nile straight to the wicketkeeper Ben Dunk. The second wicket opened the gates for the opposition as Coulter-Nile got another one in Lynn, who holed out long-off soon after Dan Lawrence’s run-out dismissal.

Though Tom Cooper (26 from 24) and Jimmy Pierson (18 from 21) tried to repair their dented innings, they, too, could not convert their starts into a knock of substance. While Dilbar Hussain cleaned up Cooper, thereby failing the Power Surge for the Heat, Pierson miscued one to long-on to give Coulter-Nile his third. The lower-order cracked under the pressure soon with the scoreboard going nowhere as the entire team fell for 125.

Glenn Maxwell to the rescue

Coming to the chase, the Stars were given a dream start as they dismissed the dangerous Marcus Stoinis on duck, courtesy of Xavier Bartlett. Chris Lynn’s men breathed a sigh of relief soon again when Andre Fletcher lobbed a simple catch to Kuhnemann off his bowling to reduce his team to 20 for 2, whereas Ben Dunk did not survive too long either, as he fell to Jack Wood. Although, Hilton Cartwright stood at one end and anchored the innings through his patient knock of 46 from 42 balls.

Once skipper Maxwell entered into the scheme of things, the opponents’ grip over the game became weaker and weaker. Maxwell, in his own style, started to toy with the bowlers as raced off to 46, which included 3 sixes and as many fours. On the back of his Cartwright and Maxwell’s match-winning 75-run partnership, the Starts went onto chase the target with almost 3 overs to spare.

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