Sydney Thunder 157/7 (20.0)
Brisbane Heat 160/7 (19.4)
A classic innings from Chris Lynn single-handedly saw the Brisbane Heat beat the Sydney Thunder, in front of a frustrated home crowd at Spotless Stadium.
The Heat are two from two now, whilst the Thunder are in dire straights having lost their first three games.
Having been asked to bat, the Thunder got off to a difficult start.
Kurtis Patterson (36) lasted longer than his one ball stay last time out, but Ryan Gibson was unable to replicate his recent good form.
Shane Watson failed to make an impact in his first game of BBL06. He was bowled by the ever-impressive Mark Steketee (1-18) without troubling the scorers.
Eoin Morgan did his confidence a world of good, passing a classy half century.
Morgan later joined Gibson as Samuel Badree’s second victim of the night, though, the Thunder struggling at 112-5.
Andre Russell had a night to forget as he was found out once again, making just 8 before he was dismissed by Cutting.
Maybe the black bat is a myth, or the man using it is an impostor?
Chris Green helped the Thunder up to a more competitive total, though, hitting three maximums in a brutal cameo of 22* (6) to lift Thunder spirits.
The Heat, in truth, were shocking in reply.
As poor as the Heat were, though, Pat Cummins was excellent in his opening spell.
Cummins clocked two deliveries above 150kph to dismantle Brendon McCullum’s and Alex Ross’ stumps in a destructive spell.
Whilst wickets continued to fall, Chris Lynn was still present at the crease, and that was always going to be a problem for the Thunder.
Lynn played a wonderful lone hand and proved just why he’s so sought after.
His fantastic match-winning knock of 85* (48) was a masterclass in the art of T20 batting.
The Thunder only had themselves to blame, however, dropping the eventual match-winner three times in quick succession as the game entered a crucial period.
Fawad Ahmed (2/19) and Chris Green (2/31) bowled brilliantly for the Thunder, and were unlucky to be on the losing side.
Staggeringly, having been 63/6 at halfway, Lynn, with a bit of help from Wildermuth (29) down the order, had managed to get the Heat across the line with two balls to spare.