Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, Match 18

    Big Bash League, 2019/20 | Match 18 | Wednesday 1st January | 08:10
     Match Ended
    Brisbane Heat
    109 (18.4) RR:5.83
    Perth Scorchers
    149/6 (20.0) RR:7.45
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    • Perth ScorchersPRS
    • Brisbane HeatBRH

    That's all from the first game of the BBL in 2020. Perth Scorchers put in a dominating performance and move over Brisbane Heat on the points table. Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, keep lying on the bottom. On Thursday, we have a double-header coming up. First up is the Sydney Thunder facing the Melbourne Stars. That match will start at 1540 Local (0440 GMT) followed by Melbourne Renegades hosting the Sydney Sixers at 1910 Local (0810 GMT). Until then, goodbye.

    MAN OF THE MATCH, Fawad Ahmed, says there is always something on the wicket here especially for the spinners. Mentions a win is good for the team and he is happy with his performance and he hopes they can continue. States it is a team game but in T20s one man can win you the game but in this side, everybody is doing well in bits and pieces but they need to continue the same. Ends by saying, Zahir Khan has been really good in this Big Bash and also the tail are doing well with the bat in this term.

    Earlier in the day, Perth won the toss and elected to bat on a sluggish wicket. Efforts from Bancroft and Marsh helped them finish with one run less than the 150-run mark which proved to be enough by quite a margin.

    Defending 150 against a dynamic batting line-up like the Heat have is not easy at all. Early wickets is what they needed and their Powerplay bowlers provided that for them. The Heat were 4 down at the end of the Powerplay. After that Fawad Ahmed spun a web as he bagged a three-fer out of which two were Cutting and Lynn. Right from the start of the second innings, the hosts were never in the chase. Yes, the wicket was slow but their batting display was very poor. None of their batters crossed the 20-run mark and when that happens, you do not win a lot of games.

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! How many times have we seen the Perth bowlers step-up when they are under the cosh! After the first innings performance by their batters, everybody deemed this total under par. However, the visitors' bowlers have literally blown away the hosts' batting line-up. A thumping win one can say and one which could be a morale deflating one for the Heat.

    W 18.4
    Matthew Kelly to Ben Laughlin

    OUT! CAUGHT! That's the end of that. Livingstone holds onto the catch this time. Good length ball on off, Laughlin looks to heave it away but gets a top edge which goes towards cover. Liam Livingstone comes under it and takes a simple catch to end the game. PERTH SCORCHERS WIN BY 40 RUNS.

    0 18.3
    Matthew Kelly to Ben Laughlin

    Slower delivery outside off, Laughlin looks to guide it but misses it altogether.

    4 18.2
    Matthew Kelly to Ben Laughlin

    FOUR! Thrashed! Full delivery on middle, Ben hammers it straight over the bowler's head for a boundary. The fielder tries to cut it off coming in from long off but misses it.

    1 18.1
    Matthew Kelly to Zahir Khan

    DROPPED! That won't make much of a difference but Fawad Ahmed drops a sitter and Perth Scorchers will have to wait a little longer to get the win. Short delivery on middle, Zahir looks to pull but it goes off the top edge towards short fine leg. Ahmed settles himself under it but fails to hold onto the simplest of catches.

    Over: 18 | 13 Runs
    0 17.6
    Chris Jordan to Ben Laughlin

    Good length ball around off, it is worked towards short third man. 46 needed off the final 2 overs.

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