Brisbane Heat skipper James Hopes has turned in a man-of-the-match performance to lead his side to an upset 24-run win over the Melbourne Stars at the Gabba tonight.
Hopes (49 off 40 balls) top scored as the home side set the second-placed Stars 172 for victory. He then took 3 for 28 with the ball as Brisbane recorded their first home win of the season.
Dan Christian (27 off 23) and Chris Lynn (26 off 17) sparked the Heat into action late in their innings after runs dried up in the middle overs. That was due largely to the bowling of Lasith Malinga, who had figures of 3-1 off his first two overs.
20th: McDermott bowls the last over and Stars tailenders Malinga and McKay are under no illusions of pulling off a miracle win. The Heat quick rattles Malinga's stumps with the last ball of the match. Heat skipper Hopes (49 runs off 40 balls and 3 for 28) named man of the match.
19th: WICKET Faulkner's not throwing in the towel. He takes Roach over the mid-wicket fence on the first ball of the over. But the West Indian gets his revenge two balls later when he slips one through Faulkner (18 off 11) and lights up the stumps. Malinga to the crease with Warne still sitting on the sidelines.
18th: McDermott to bowl the third last over for the Heat. He starts off with a bouncer that's called a wide. He persists with the short length though and the rest of the over is frugal. Just four off it. Stars need three a ball.
17th: WICKET Crowd officially announced at 24,570 and they are in for a hell of a finish here with the visitors needing a touch over two runs a ball. Perera bowling again and he watches his second delivery rocket off Hastings' bat and fall over the rope just in front of the sight screen. Just as Hastings (22 off 11) is looking terrifying for the Stars, Perera slips a yorker through him and rattles his stumps.Back to top
16th: Hastings gets a lucky boundary over the keeper off a Cutting short ball. Cutting over-pitches and Hastings launches it into the stands over long-on.
15th: WICKET Perera comes into the attack with immediate effect. White (3 off 5) tries to club one over the infield and it's taken by Pomersbach at mid-off. Faulkner comes to the crease. And now it's Hussey (17 off 15) who dishes up an easy catch to Roach at backward square leg. Heat sniff their first home win of the season now. Faulkner to the crease.
14th: Hussey swings a Christian delivery square. It looks like it may carry to one of two fielders in the deep but falls short. His cross-bat slog off the next ball produces an edge to the third-man boundary. Stars bring up their 100 off 13.4 overs. Interestingly, Brisbane were also on 100 at that point of their innings, but had an extra wicket in hand.
13th: WICKET Hopes resumes bowling duties and gets Maxwell (13 off 9) to have a crack at the square leg boundary. He skies his shot and Lynn has a sandwich waiting for it to come down and finally takes the catch. White comes to the crease.
12th: Christian to bowl for the Heat as Hopes comes off the field. Not sure what the problem is there. Matt Hayden still a popular face in these parts. He gets a round of applause as his face flashes up on the big screen. Christian almost snares a miracle caught and bowled off Maxwell, but his diving effort goes to ground. Hopes back on the field. Comfort stop?Back to top
11th: WICKET Wright (34 off 30) holds out to Christian on the mid-on boundary off the bowling of Hopes. The skipper has bowled well for the Heat and they will be glad to see the back of the Englishman. Maxwell comes in for the Stars. He plays a copybook pull shot over the fence behind square. Effortless stroke.
10th: Cutting changes ends and takes the ball from the Vulture Street end. Hussey and Wright settling for singles off cut shots behind square as Cutting keeps a tight line. Hopes almost takes a screamer in gully off the last ball.
9th: WICKET Forrest redeems himself after dropping a tough one off Hodge, by swallowing one off the bowling of Hopes. Hodge (21 off 18) is a key wicket for the home side and Hussey comes to the crease.
8th: Change of pace here with Hauritz into the attack. Wright gets hold of a full toss but it's cut off at the straight boundary by Roach. Hodge comes down the wicket and clubs the last ball of the over past the rope at mid-on.
7th: Hopes draws Wright into a lofty on-drive and it drops frustratingly close to Hauritz and Christian. Wright then pulls one out to Hauritz's neighbourhood at mid-wicket but once again it falls just short. And now it's a diving Forrest in gully who drops a well-hit Hodge cut shot.Back to top
6th: Wright survives a very vocal appeal after he stepped inside a Roach short ball and the Heat thought he'd feathered it to Hartley. Umpire doesn't agree. Wright responds by pumping the next ball over covers to the fence with a horizontal bat. The over ends with Hodge surviving an LBW shout.
5th: Wright late cuts Cutting to the fence. He tries the same shot again but finds Perera on the third-man fence. Hodge stands and delivers a brutal cut shot through point. Minimum footwork and maximum power from the Victorian. Cutting digging in short and straight to round out the over and he has more success wit hthat wit hthree dot balls.
4th: McDermott on for his second over and Hodge flicks him fine to the fence through fine leg. He then tries to put one over the long boundary at mid-wicket. He gets a top edge but it falls safe between two fielders.
3rd: Roach comes on for his second over and Wright almost throws his back out trying to put the first delivery over Stanley Street. Roach responds with a nasty short ball. Good over from Roach.
2nd: WICKET McDermott takes bowling duties for the Heat and Quniey (10 off 9) puts his first delivery over mid-off. It's not cleanly hit but it had enough muscle to reach the rope. The Victorian tries to swing one off his hip but skies it behind square and Roach makes no mistake with the catch. Hodge comes in for the visitors.Back to top