The Sydney Thunder have suffered a massive blow after an early collapse saw one of the side’s most important stars out of the game.
Last updated January 4, 2021 9:02PM AEDT
The second of the BBL double header sees the Brisbane Heat take on the Sydney Thunder in Queensland.
The Thunder can reclaim the top of the ladder with a win but the Heat are back nearing full strength and desperate to move up the ladder.
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The Thunder won the toss and will bat first.
After going 5/108, the Sydney Thunder lower order has hit the side into a decent position at 8/174.
37 off 18 balls for Daniel Sams and 24 off 15 for Ben Cutting pushed the Thunder to the score with the Heat’s much-vaunted batting line up now being expected to get them home.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers with the mystery spinner taking 2/26 in a top performance.
After Khawaja went early, the Thunder were cruising at 1/77 in the ninth over but since then, the wickets have fallen quickly as the side went from looking at a 200 score to struggling.
The side lost 4/31 and it’s changed the game as Sam Billings fell for 22 having run himself out.
He knocked it down the wicket of Mujeeb Ur Rahman but it went straight back to the bowler as he inexplicably took off for a run before retreating too slowly.
Ur Rahman threw it to Jimmy Peirson who ran Billings out.
“I don’t know whether he’s batting in half spikes but it was like the Queen Mary turning there,” Brett Lee said.
“This is a big decision here, this is the difference between a 170-180 score and keeping them to 140-150,” Brad Haddin added.
It was far from ideal work from the Thunder and leaves the side struggling.
The Brisbane Heat are already into the the Thunder with Usman Khawaja hitting out at the second ball.
The former Aussie star took a big swing but caught on the top edge with Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking a belter of a catch.
Chris Lynn is back – well, sort of.
The Brisbane Heat’s regular skipper has been named as the X-Factor player as he returns from injury.
It’s an interesting move for the Heat and the side will have the benefit of bowling first and seeing what type of a total the side will be facing.
The Thunder will be hoping the Heat don’t utilise Lynn as an X-Factor – his 536 runs against them is the most by anyone against any @BBL opponent… and he’s scored them at an ave 59.55 & SR of 173.46 #BBL10
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) January 4, 2021
A couple of interesting X-factor bats tonight: Chris Lynn and Alex Ross
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) January 4, 2021
This could be interesting.