Big Bash League has produced yet another exciting match in its fifth season. In the seventh match of this year’s tournament, Hobart Hurricanes defeated Brisbane Heat by 20 runs. This was Hurricanes’ first victory while Heat yet to win a match in the tournament. Both Heat and Hurricanes have played two matches so far.
In Hobart, Bellerive Stadium Hurricanes batting first scored 184 for 3. In reply, Heat managed to score 164 runs in 20 overs losing 8 wickets.
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Captain of Hobart Hurricanes played a swashbuckling 87 run innings off 57 balls. Paine winning the toss elected to bat first. His opening partner Ben Dunk was run out by Peter Forrest when Hurricanes were 22. Paine’s team lost the first match. So, Paine showed his guts and played match defining innings. He built a 77 runs partnership with Kumar Sangakkara, who 31 balls 43. Paine’s 87 run innings was comprised of 6 boundaries and 44 sixes.
Former Australian captain knows how to find runs at the death over. After the departure of Sangakkara Bailey played a quickfire 43 run innings off 21 balls. Bailey’s 60 run partnership with Paine helped Hurricanes to set a mammoth total on board. Bailey hit 5 fours and 1 six.
Brisbane Heat lost the match by 20 runs. But, Floros ended as a tragic hero of the match. He played some lusty shots on the way to his 42 run innings of 23 balls. Brisbane Heat got a good start from opener Jimmy Peirson and Lendl Simmons. Peirson got out when Heat scored 36 off 4.1 overs. Forrest joined Simmons. Both started to score quickly, but Simmons was caught behind off Dane Christian when Heat were at 61 for 2 in 6.5 overs. Floros knock did not last long as he caught Rainbird off Cameron Boyce.
Hurricanes bowler Christian produced really well spell at a time when Heat batsmen were trying to play some big shots to squeeze the gap between ball and runs. He conceded only 22 runs in four overs and took two crucial wickets of Simmons and Forrest.
This 23-year-old Tasmania boy bowled with great joy. He got enough total on board to defend. His medium fast bowling has given the first breakthrough to Hurricanes by picking up the wicket of Peirson while in the middle of the Heat’s chase he sent back captain Chris Lynn, who could trouble Hurricanes. And in the death over he got Ben Cutting’ wicket. Cutting has wasted 10 balls and scored 10 runs.