BBL 10 SYT vs BRH Knockout Highlights: Brisbane Heat won by 7 wickets
Brief Score: SYT - 158/8 (Ben Cutting 34* Billings 34; Steketee 2/22, sepson 2/28)
BRH - 162/3 (19.1 overs) (Sam Heazlett 74* Pierson 43* Doggett 1/30)
MoM - Sam Heazlett
Brisbane Heat thrashes Sydney Thunder by 7 wickets in the Knockout of Big Bash League 2020-21 at Manuka Oval. In reply, Brisbane doesn't start as per expectations and lost both openers cheaply. Labuschagne played run-a-ball 32-run knock. But after his dismissal, Pierson and Heazlett pair outplay the Thunder with the high-class strokeplay all around the park. This is now the fourth win on the trot for Heat and they'll face Perth Scorchers on February 4 at the same venue in a clash for a spot in the finals.
The duo of Jimmy Pierson and Heazlett put an unbreakable 92-run stand for the 4th wickets and took Brisbane home without any further harm done and inching one step closer to the BBL Finals. Heazlett hits the winning blow and remains unbeaten on 74 while Pierson is also notched a crucial 43 not out. He has named 'Player of the Match' for his match-defying knock.
''The start for me was a scratchy one, but nice to get the team over the line in the end. Was watching the ball a lot better once I got my eye in. I didn't want to throw away my wicket after those two early wickets. It was good to have Marnus (Labuschagne) out in the middle, he calmed me really well. The bowlers kept them under par as they bowled well. It was a good wicket to bat on, some balls skid, some balls kept low, said MoM winner Heazlett.''
''Very grateful for the opportunity. It's good to see that we don't have to travel as we face Scorchers at this same venue. They are a tough team and it's going to be a challenge. We are hitting our straps at the right time. We have confidence in our ability and back ourselves,'' he added.
Earlier, Sydney Thunder (SYT) hasn't got a big total as they would have liked to post especially in this Knockout clash. Xavier Bartlett got them off to a dream start as he bowled a maiden over, and that really set the tone for Brisbane Heat as the bowlers who followed next kept a lid on the run rate. Morne Morkel came in as the X-factor subs by replacing Bartlett and struck in his first over as he got rid of Thunder skipper Callum Ferguson.
Morkel could have had Billings too, but Lewis Gregory put down a sitter and by virtue of which Sam Billings was able to add some crucial runs for the Thunder. Ben Cutting played a blinder of a knock at the lower order, remains unbeaten on - 34* off just 18 including 4 huge sixes to propelled his side to reach the 160-run mark. For Brisbane Heat, Steketee and Swepson took a piece of wickets.