Mark Steketee brilliant in this game, picking up a 4-wicket haul to beat Sydney Sixers by 4 wickets in Big Bash League.

Sydney Sixers are off to a good start after opting to bat first at the Carrara Oval. Sydney Sixers opener Josh Philippe got out quickly against the Brisbane Heat but wasted a second chance after being dropped just short of a half-century.

Philippe seemed balance for a huge score when Heat spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman dropped an easy caught and bowled chance. But Philippe coughed up his wicket shortly afterwards for 48 off 36, as his Sixers’ teammates continued to struggle with the bat.

Jack Edwards did just 10 before falling to Mujeeb, with James Vince also getting off to a solid start before falling for 20 off 16 caught behind. Daniel Hughes made just two off four before another spectacular Jimmy Peirson catches behind the stumps dismissed him, leaving the Sixers 3/84 at the half-way mark of their innings.

While Philippe dropped for 48 two overs later, the Sydneysiders saw in doubt to post a competitive total – even against the poor chasing ability of the Heat.

Dan Christian got just six off five before an excellent piece of bowling from Mujeeb earned a questionable LBW dismissal that replays showed was going over the stumps.

Mujeeb finished with figures of 2/28 off four overs – and looked remarkably relieved that his drop of Philippe wasn’t punished more harshly. Carlos Braithwaite fell for a duck shortly afterwards, with the Sixers six down for the loss of 119 runs.

With five overs remaining, Jordan Silk set about ensuring he would be there at the death despite wickets tumbling around him.

Alongside Ben Dwarshuis, he calmly guided the Sixers to 149 before cutting on to his own stumps with an inside edge. Silk departed for 43 off 27 in the 19th over. Ben Manenti struck the next ball sweetly but sent it straight in the air to Joe Burns, putting Steketee on a hat-trick. A collective bowling effort has seen Brisbane Heat keep Sydney Sixers down to 165/8.

Steketee couldn’t get Steve O’Keefe out with the next delivery but still finished with career-best figures of 4/33 off four overs.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH:- Mark Keester

While chasing 166 runs Brisbane Heat Joe Burns suffered yet another failure to add to his nightmare summer, making just one run in his first appearance of the season for the Brisbane Heat.

Max Bryant was having more success, finding the middle of the bat and quickly racing to 40 runs – including seven boundaries – before he edged one straight into the air to be caught by the keeper.

After both Opener dismissal, Brisbane Heat Inning tumbled Joe Denly 19 runs off 17 balls Sam Heazlett 17 runs off 17 balls and Skipper Jimmy Peirson 20 runs off 19 deliveries James Bazley 5 runs off 4 balls.

In the end, the Heat managed to chase down a modest target 8/165 posted by the Sixers thanks to a clutch seventh-wicket, 50-run partnership from Lewis Gregory 31 runs off 16 deliveries and Jack Wildermuth 22 runs off 10 deliveries. Full Scorecard

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