Axed Test opener Joe Burns released the shackles with a match inning for the Brisbane Heat as they stayed in touch with the top of the BBL five, snapping the Sydney Thunder’s winning streak in five Play.
Burns (52 of 38) fell back from a horror run of form ahead of this week’s Sydney Test and took control after Chris Lynn (30 of 16) finished 8-174 of the Thunder with five balls and five wickets had chased replacement on Monday.
Burns overtook the long line with two early sixes at the Gabba and then fought with composure to give the Heat (3-4) a second win in a row after scoring just one in his BBL return on Saturday.
When Lynn came in as the X-Factor after four games with a hamstring injury, Burns and Joe Denly (50 of 36) made sure they scored all four points in a 90-run partnership.
« It’s a relief to just take a few to the limit in person, but also get the result, » Burns said.
« You cannot doubt yourself . . . You want to think that it will never leave you. It’s not about getting back (in shape).
« I’m realistic – hitting in the middle order of a T20 game is very different from opening against a red ball.
« But it’s nice to feel the ball hit the center of the racket, look at the scoreboard and think about the game situation. It is a great feeling. «
Former Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-26) paused for the promising start of the thunder, collected two hard catches and a run-out, and took key skins from Alex Hales (46) and Callum Ferguson (35) ).
Daniel Sams (37) tormented the heat for the second time in three weeks and joined former heat all-rounder Ben Cutting (24) to increase the total number of thunders.
Cutting was booed with the heat on his return to the gabba after nine seasons, but shrugged when he and Sams came home on Jan.. 20 decreases.
Sams was hit on the helmet during his innings and was replaced with symptoms of concussion despite the hit at break.
« (Mujeeb) played really well on this wicket but we were in a really good position to accelerate late, » said Thunder captain Callum Ferguson.
« We felt like we had a grand total that was a win, but we just weren’t at our best with the ball. «
The win means the Sydney Sixers stay on the ladder ahead of Thunder while the heat puts the Perth Scorchers in sixth place, one point behind Adelaide Strikers.
And there’s a pivotal clash with the Melbourne Stars on Thursday on the Gold Coast after the Stars advanced to fourth place after scooping maximum points in their surprise against Hobart Hurricanes on Monday.
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