Twitter Reactions: Sydney Sixers crush Heat by 9 wickets at the SCG

Twitter Reactions: Sydney Sixers crush Heat by 9 wickets at the SCG

Sean Abbott was the star for the home side.

Daniel Hughes
Daniel Hughes of the Sixers. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Sydney Sixers locked horn with Brisbane Heat in the 32nd match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) in Sydney at the SCG. The game was important for both the teams with the visitors in a must-win situation to stay in the tournament. The hosts have also been virtually knocked out of the competition as they would also require several other results to go their way in case they win both their remaining games.

Johan Botha, Sixers skipper, won the toss and opted to bowl first on a two-paced wicket with an aim to restrict the visitors to a decent total. But what transpired on the field was the least expected as Heat batsmen crumbled under pressure of scoring some quick runs. They were literally bowled out for a paltry score of 73 in the 17th over with only four of their batters reaching the double figures.

The bowlers of the hosts were magnificent with their line and lengths as they picked wickets at regular intervals and kept a lid on Brisbane side. The best of the lot was Sean Abbott who ended with the magical figures of 4/11 in his 4 overs and he was well supported by Carlos Brathwaite who picked a couple. Even the Ashes winner Nathan Lyon snaffled two wickets conceding just 17 runs.

Sixers stroll home

In response, the target of 74 was never going to challenge the hosts as they strolled home in just 10 overs. Daniel Hughes provided them with a blistering start at the top by attacking Josh Lalor and Yasir Shah. The latter pinned him in front but not before Hughes ran his way through to 37 off just 28 deliveries. His partner Joe Denly played second fiddle to him as Nic Maddinson came and smashed a couple of sixes to finish the game early. The left-hander remained unbeaten on 20 off just 8 balls, while Denly scored a sedate 19.

73 was never going to be enough for the Heat bowlers to defend as they could pick only a solitary wicket thereby losing the game by 9 wickets.

Twitter was up for the game despite being the bottom of the table clash and praised the likes of Abbott and Lyon for clinical performance with the ball. They also trolled Brisbane Heat for not turning out for the crucial encounter on the night.

Here’s how they reacted: