Riding on a brilliant knock of 85 from Chris Lynn, Brisbane Heat defeated Sydney Thunder by three wickets to register their second win of the tournament.
Chasing 158, Brendon McCullum’s men made a disastrous start and at one stage were reeling at 19 for 3. Any hope of winning looked bleak when the visitors were reduced to 63 for 6 but Chris Lynn held firm from one end and took his team over the finishing line almost single-handedly. Jack Wildermuth (29) and Mark Steketee (12*) contributed towards the end as Lynn helped his team register a memorable win. The Australian batsman, who was BBL’s highest scorer last season, deservedly hit the winning runs when he steered Andre Russell for a four in the last over to take his team home with two balls remaining. Lynn’s innings was studded with 10 fours and three sixes.
Earlier, McCullum won the toss and invited Sydney Thunder to have the first go with the bat and his decision was proved right straight away by his bowlers. Samuel Badree and Mark Steketee dismissed Ryan Gibson and Shane Watson respectively to leave the hosts reeling at 13 for 2. A 48-run partnership between Kurtis Patterson and Eoin Morgan then steadied the ship before the former was clean bowled by Mitchell Swepson for 36. Andre Russell once again failed with the bat as he could score only 10 but Morgan kept the run-rate going with a fighting knock. The English player was finally dismissed after scoring 52 from 43 balls. Chris Green then played a blinder to help Sydney Thunder cross the 150-run mark. He scored 22 runs off only six balls as his team posted 157 runs in their 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 28, 2016
— Josh Martin (@JWMartin07) December 28, 2016
@lynny50 take a bow! Absolute class!
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) December 28, 2016
What a T20 player @lynny50 is!! Unbelievable ball striker ???
— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) December 28, 2016
Chris Lynn you ⭐️ !! Spot on run chase that #makeyourownluck ??
— Adam Oxley (@oxy_4) December 28, 2016
— Holly Ferling (@Holly_Ferling) December 28, 2016
If it was Pakistan wearing green tonight rather than Sydney Thunder an investigation would already have started. Staggering incompetence!
— Nathan Templeton (@nathantemp7) December 28, 2016
I've seen 4th XI players field better than Sydney Thunder! #BBL06
— Bradley Green (@GreenBradley) December 28, 2016
— ?? Greg (Crackadax) ?? (@OzyAussieOzy) December 28, 2016