BBL 2016/17: Brendon McCullum’s Brisbane Heat Seal 10-Run Win Over Adelaide Strikers
In a high scoring game between the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers, it was the Heat who kept the nerves in the last over and sealed the game as their young bowler Mark Steketee did not allow the batsmen to steal 17 runs. He gave away just six runs in the last over, keeping the game far from Strikers reach.
Earlier, Adelaide Strikers won the toss ad invited Brendon McCullum led Brisbane Heat to bat first. This was the biggest howler made by Brad Hodge as the opening pair of Brendon McCullum and Jimmy Peirson plundered 90 runs in first eight overs of the game before Brisbane Heat dealt with two consecutive blows as both the opening batsmen were dismissed by Kieron Pollard on successive deliveries.
When it looked like the run-rate has slowed down, Alex Ross came up with an aggressive innings of 64 off just 36 deliveries to help his team reach the mark of 206 at the end of 20 overs.
Adelaide Strikers openers emulated the Brisbane Heat openers as they dispensed partnership of 133 for the first wicket in just 67 deliveries, batting at a run rate of nearly 12. But a maiden over from Badree at a crucial juncture was enough to turn the fortunes and then Heat bowlers gripped the game tight. With 17 runs needed in the last over, Mark Steketee put no foot wrong and sealed the game for his team.
Brendon McCullum was awarded Man of the Match award for innings of 42 at a strike rate of 200 but the role of Alex Ross was also of same importance as he lifted the team which was erstwhile stagnated at one point of time.
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