It was all Chris Lynn show at Sydney, who fired 85* runs in just 48 deliveries, thanks to three dropped catches which provided him full chance to play openly and lead his team to a win over Thunder at the end of the day.
After winning the toss, Brendon McCullum, the skipper of Brisbane Heat made the decision to ball first as his bowlers proved him right by getting two wickets in the first four overs of the game, including that of skipper Shane Watson, who was playing the first game of the league. Kurtis Patterson and Eoin Morgan then came into action, accomplishing small targets before helping the team to cross the 50 run mark soon.
They had lifted the run-rate to six runs per over before Mitchell Swepson cleaned Patterson. Then came the moment when Sydney start losing wickets on regular basis and it was the last over which made the difference as Chris Green smashed three back to back sixes on the last three deliveries of the game to make the difference and not forget the five wides from Swepson, which helped Sydney to get past score of 150.
Brisbane Heat had a poor start as they lost three wickets in first four overs, including that of Brendon McCullum. Brisbane continued to lose regular wickets till the end before they finally won the game. It was Chris Lynn who made the difference in the end as he carried the team till last, scoring 85* in just 48 deliveries.
It can be said that Sydney were 10-20 runs short as Lynn would not have been able to carry the team if the score was somewhat around 175 and also special thanks to the Brisbane fielders, whose slippery hands played a crucial part in Sydney’s win. It was a one-man show from Lynn who upset the hopes of Patrick Cummins, who was bowling pretty well but his economy rate of 11.50 spoiled the party. Lynn undoubtedly was bestowed with a player of the match award.