A controversial run out has handed the Hobert Hurricanes a one-run win over the Brisbane Heat and reignited debate around the introduction of an umpiring review system for the Big Bash League.
Needing two runs off the final ball to win – or one to tie the Hurricanes’ score of 150 and force a super over – Heat batsman Mark Steketee took a single and looked to have made his ground, but was judged run out from a direct hit from Colin Ingram.
Replays suggested Steketee’s bat was in the air when the stumps were broken, with TV umpire Phillip Gillespie judging he had been short of the crease when initially grounding his bat.
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While some sort of review system will be introduced to the competition next season, the Heat had no avenue to argue the call, with Heat captain Jimmy Peirson accepting the on-field call.
“I had a brief look just (after the match) and it looked like the bat did bounce up over the line, I’d love to have a real good look at it, but we can’t blame that or whinge about that, we got ourselves in a situation where we should have put that game to bed with the bat and we didn’t do that,” he said. “I think the right decision was made from what I can see.”
The decision handed the Hurricanes a thrilling victory in a rollercoaster of a match at the Gabba, with a stellar five-wicket spell from teen wonder Mujeeb Ur Rahman not enough to help the Heat to their first consecutive wins in almost a year.
Mujeeb’s spell looked as though it would be in vain after the Heat slumped to 3-8 chasing the Hurricanes’ total of 150.
But James Bazley, who guided the Heat to their first win of the season with an unbeaten 31 against the Hurricanes on Sunday, stood up again, making 49 not out from 31 balls to all but get his side home.
Bazley and Steketee looked to have done enough to get the Heat home, with Brisbane needing seven from the final over. But they were thwarted by tight bowling from Scott Boland, who returned the Hurricanes to the winners’ circle after their loss to the Heat on Sunday night.
Earlier, Mujeeb claimed 5-15 with his accurate off-spin to notch the fourth-best bowling figures in Big Bash League history and help the Heat dismiss the Hurricanes for 150 in the 20th over.
MUJEEB’S STELLAR SPELL
Mujeeb’s Big Bash season started on a sour note after he tested positive for COVID-19 when in mandatory quarantine following his entry to Australia.
But the teen off-spinner – the No.2 T20 bowler in the world – turned his summer around in one spell on Wednesday night, claiming his first five-wicket Twenty20 haul to help the Heat restrict the Hurricanes to 150.
Mujeeb bowled with laser-like precision, hitting the stumps of four of his five victims while picking up the key wickets of world no.1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan, opener Ben McDermott and all-rounder Keemo Paul.
MALAN STILL NOT IN TOP GEAR
Dawid Malan was shaky on debut against the Heat on Sunday night, making 15 off 16 balls before being dismissed by English teammate Lewis Gregory in his first Big Bash innings.
He surpassed that in just one over on Wednesday night, smashing four fours off Xavier Bartlett in the third over before going on to make 39 from 32 balls before being bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in a handy innings.
But the world no.1 T20 batsman – who was dropped by Heazlett when on 22 – has still not hit top gear, with the Heat likely to be pleased with their efforts to contain him in his first two digs in the competition.
MEREDITH EXPRESS TROUBLES HEAT
The pure pace of Riley Meredith brought the Heat undone with the Brisbane batsmen unable to deal with his 150km/h thunderbolts, especially with the new ball.
Meredith claimed Sam Heazlett for a duck in the opening over before bowling Tom Cooper (1 off 3) as the Heat slumped to 3-8 to be in early trouble.
Brought back in the 11th over, he claimed English all-rounder Lewis Gregory (29 off 27), who had helped rebuild the Heat’s innings. But he would have been disappointed in his last, conceding 11 runs to allow the Heat back into the game.