Vettori bats Brisbane Heat to 12 run win
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori delivered a 12 run win for his Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat against Melbourne Renegades in their match at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The Brisbane Heat innings began poorly as Royal Challengers Bangalore spearhead Dirk Nannes who plays for the Renegades got opener Andrew Robinson in the very first over with a beautiful late outswinger to reduce them to 5/1. A 59 run partnership between Mathew Hayden and Chris Lynn was followed by a spectacular Shahid Afridi assault which left them tottering at 74/5.
Daniel Vettori (40 off 25) and Roelof van der Merwe (36 off 24) got together to add 72 runs in 42 balls for the sixth wicket, the majority of it coming off the bat of Vettori who hit four fours and one six in his innings. Three of Vettori’s fours came off consecutive deliveries from Dirk Nannes, right at the end of his final spell and ruining his figures which read 1/38 after the bashing.
More hitting from van der Merwe and Micael Neser helped Brisbane Heat raise their total to 168/7.
The Renegades lost an early wicket, the crucial one of Brad Hodge but Shahid Afridi swung his bat freely, scoring a rapid 24 off 14 before his dismissal. New Royal Challengers Bangalore recruit Andrew McDonald only made 7 before holing out to long on.
Renegades’ no. 3 bat Aaron Finch swung for the stands and connected quite often, hitting Nathan Hauritz for three sixes in an over. Nathan Reardon and Abdul Razzaq both departed in the 12th over, adding to the pressure on Finch.
Glen Maxwell and Graham Manou provided support but the required rate had gone up substantially. Maxwell successfully attacked the wicketless but economical Daniel Vettori, spoiling his figures which went from 17 in three overs to 27 in four before being dismissed by Neser.
With 35 runs needed off 18 balls, the impressive Alister McDermott, son of current Australian bowling coach Craig McDermott returned for his second spell. With just 3 runs coming off the first 5 balls, Finch risked a risky second run and was caught short of the crease by a direct hit from Andrew Robinson. He made 72 off 46 balls with three fours and five sixes, at his dismissal the scoreboard read 138/7 after 18 overs.
McDermott bowled the final over and he was just as calm as he was in Heat’s narrow win against Hobart Hurricanes the previous week. Shane Harwood was run out trying to steal a bye, Aaron Heal was bowled off the first ball he faced while Manou and Nannes could only dig out the yorkers in the remaining deliveries as the Renegades came to a close at 156/9.
Heat's 12 run win is only their second in the tournament and has kept their very slim chances of making the semifinals alive while the star studded Renegades are out of contention. Daniel Vettori started Brisbane's revival in their previous game, today he was adjudged Man of the Match for his stellar effort with the bat and crafty work with the ball.