Big Bash League 2017-18 had another thrilling encounter between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at Brisbane Cricket Ground. Having won the toss, Melbourne Stars invited Brisbane Heat to bat. Brisbane Heat then made the Stars to regret their decision by smashing the bowlers of Melbourne Stars.
Despite of losing their first wicket in the very first over, Brisbane started slow and sensibly. But then captain McCullum and Heazlett charged Boland in the third over of the innings which went for 24 runs. By the end of power-play Brisbane Heat collected 57 runs for the loss of 2. Partnership between McCullum and Heazlett added 49 runs to the score before Heazlett was caught by Hastings on Beer’s delivery.
Burns and Ross set up a partnership of 82 runs which helped Brisbane Heat to post the massive target of 207 runs on board. Burns departed after scoring his first half century of this tournament. Ross and Cutting then added 51 more runs and Brisbane Heat finished on 206-7 in 20 overs.
MA Beer bowled perfectly, giving away only 21 runs for 2 wickets in his 4 overs. Also he didn’t concede a single boundary in his spell. Marcus Stoinis grabbed 3 wickets for 38 runs in his spell. He took the key wickets of McCullum and Burns.
Batsmen didn’t provide the much needed start to the Stars. Dunk who was the leading run scorer of the last season got out on a duck. Melbourne Stars managed to score 51 runs in the powerplay for the loss of their three key players; Dunk, KP and Maxwell. Luke Wright tried to put up some effort before getting out on Shadab Khan’s googly. MP Stoinis then showed some fight back but was very unfortunate to get run out on 99 by the substitute fielder Labuschagne who firstly failed to catch the ball but then his throw to the keeper’s end provided Brisbane Heat with the much needed breakthrough. Unfortunately his heroics were unable to win match for Melbourne Stars and lost the match to Brisbane Heat by 15 runs.
Shadab Khan the debutant for Brisbane Heat was the only one to pick 2 wickets for Brisbane. Lalor, Steketee and Dogett got one wicket each.
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