Twitter Reactions: Vince, Phillippe and bowlers give Brisbane Heat a hammering

Twitter Reactions: Vince, Phillippe and bowlers give Brisbane Heat a hammering

Both Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne got out in the single digits on their BBL return.

Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Brisbane Heat couldn’t recover from their shambolic batting collapse at the hands of Melbourne Renegades. After the shambolic defeat, Chris Lynn and Co have now gone down to the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets at The Gabba in Brisbane. The victory has helped Moises Henriques’ Sixers regain their second spot in the points table. For the Heat, they can’t afford to drop another match.

Heat huff and puff

After being out in to bat first, the hosts couldn’t inject any momentum into the innings. Toiling hard for 20 overs, the Heat could only manage 126 runs. Steve O’Keefe jolted them, picking up Lynn. The home team also lost Matt Renshaw and Sam Heazlett in the powerplay. In the first six overs, the Heat could only manage 36 runs. The onus was then on AB de Villiers and Marnus Labuschagne.

But Tom Curran removed Labuschagne to strike another blow. De Villiers ground hard for 26 balls and got to 25. Surprisingly, he couldn’t find the boundary even once. Ben Cutting had a similar stay, scoring 16. It eventually was James Pattinson’s 15-ball 27 that took the Heat over the 120-run mark. For the Sixers, fast bowlers Jackson Bird, Curran and Ben Dwarshuis picked a couple of wickets each.

Phillipe and Vince complete a simple chase

The Sixers didn’t have much trouble in getting over the finishing line and they did it with 25 balls to spare. Openers Josh Phillippe and James Vince set the platform, putting up 75 for the opening wicket off 9.5 overs. The duo brought down the required rate to 5.11. Vince got to his fifty off 34 balls before falling prey to Ben Laughlin. Thereafter, it was Steve Smith’s turn to show his class and flair.

Smith started by driving Labuschagne down the ground for a boundary. But in the very next over, Pattinson got rid of him with pace and bounce. At the other end, Phillipe looked determined to see his team through to glory. He got to his fifty of 41 balls and remained unbeaten. His knock was laced with four boundaries and a six. For the Heat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman had an off-day as he gave 32 runs.

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