Brisbane Heat beat Sydney Thunder by 91 runs to remain in BBL contention
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle recorded a golden duck for Sydney Thunder in their 91 run defeat against Brisbane Heat in their Big Bash League fixture at the Gabba on Tuesday.
Heat didn’t have the greatest beginning, sliding to 14/2 after 3 overs. Andrew Robinson showed promise, hitting a rapid 25 off 16 but his dismissal in the sixth over left Heat at 44/3.
Daniel Christian and Peter Forrest then put on a 80 run partnership in the next ten overs, Christian doing the acceleration while Forrest focussed on the running, keeping one end secure. Forrest fell with the score at 124/4 in 15.3 overs, carnage from Chris Lynn and Christian followed as 71 runs came in the next 27 balls.
Nicholas Bills, Sean Abbott and Chris Gayle were all taken apart in the offensive, their economy rates landing in two digit range as Brisbane Heat posted 195/4 in their 20 overs.
Gayle went off the first ball he faced, chasing a wide delivery in the second over. Alister McDermott’s sensational run in the BBL continued, he removed Tim Cruickshank before the over ended. His figures after his first spell read 2-1-2-2.
More tight bowling followed and the Thunder batsmen crumbled under pressure. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori took a wicket with his first ball in the game, reducing Thunder to 34/5 in the 12th over. Usman Khawaja briefly threatened to counter attack before being dismissed for 37 off 36 balls in the 15th over, pegging his team at 54/6.
Sean Abbott and Matthew Day combined to add 50 runs in the remaining overs, Vettori taking the brunt of the attack in a 14 run over, finishing his quota at 1/23. The charge however was too late and too little as Thunder ended their 20 overs at 104/6, 91 runs short, the biggest margin of victory in the competition so far in terms of runs. The win pushed Heat into the fourth position on the points table, further raising their hopes of making it to the semifinals.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder now face the prospect of finishing last in the inaugural Big Bash League.