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.