Live: Heat vs Stars
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Live: Heat vs Stars

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. 

Stars 9-147

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. 

Stars 8-145

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. 

Stars 7-136

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. 

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Stars 7-132

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. 

Stars 6-121

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. 

Stars 6-109

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. 

Stars 4-102

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. 

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Stars 4-92

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. 

Stars 3-85

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?