Skipper Jimmy Peirson unbeaten 69 off 36 against Adelaide, but Brisbane fell two runs short of the target in Big Bash League.

Brisbane Heat won the toss and elected to bowl first against Adelaide Strikers in Match No. 13 of the Big Bash League 2020-21 at the Gabba

The Strikers are without their skipper Alex Carey and fast bowler Harry Conway due to state-border restrictions. Meanwhile, Brisbane has included Xavier Bartlett in their playing XI. Meanwhile, Chris Lynn has hurt his left hamstring in the warm-up and has been ruled out of this encounter. Simon Milenko gets a game, while Jimmy Peirson is set to captain the Heat.

Playing XIs

Brisbane Heat: Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Daniel Lawrence, Simon Milenko, Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Ben Laughlin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

X-Factor sub: Matthew Kuhnemann

Adelaide Strikers: Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle (c).

X-Factor subs: Liam O’Connor and Liam Scott

The Strikers got off to the worst possible start as Xavier Bartlett pinned Jake Weatherald (1) right in front of the stumps in the very first over. The Strikers were 1-60 after nine overs but then Mark Steketee struck twice in two balls to remove Matthew Renshaw and Phil Salt.

Wildermuth was again splendid with his right-arm medium pace and finished with figures of 1/25. Nielsen departed for a 20-ball 28 in the penultimate over, while Wells (26-ball 31) became Bartlett’s third victim. The right-arm seamer took 3/24 and played a huge role in helping Brisbane restrict Adelaide to 150/6 in their 20 overs.

The chase was off to a disastrous start for Brisbane when Sam Heazlett was out in the first over and they were 1-0. Simon Milenko – replacing Lynn – followed and the Heat were 2-1. Rashid Khan then had Max Bryant caught behind and the Heat was in strife. Dan Lawrence followed for 13 and they were 4-35 in the eighth over. Jack Wildermuth became the fifth soon after.

Then the Heat was heated in farcical scenes when Tom Cooper was given out lbw, despite the fact he middle the ball off his bat before it hit the pad.Then Steketee was bowled by Peter Siddle, and Xavier Bartlett followed for a duck.

Brisbane then staged a remarkable comeback when Peirson and Mujeeb put on a record ninth-wicket partnership to suddenly have the game on a knife’s edge.

Mujeeb was finally bowled by Siddle which brought Ben Laughlin to the crease with little more than 20 runs to win, and no wickets in hand.

The onus was now on Peirson to get his team over the line The wicketkeeper-batsman remained unbeaten on 69 off 36 deliveries and almost got Brisbane over the line. The Heat fell two runs short and suffered their third successive defeat of the season. Full Score Card

Jimmy Peirson bags the Man of the Match:

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