Mujeeb 2 Wickets, Denly 50 and Burns 52 runs Brisbane Heat to victory against the Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League.

Brisbane Heat should have had a more comfortable win. They should have won the game when Burns and Denly were going strong. They should have seen it through when Burns and Peirson had a partnership. But it is not them if they don’t make a game close. The X-factor sub-Chris Lynn got them going with a quickfire 30 and then it was the third wicket stand of 90 that put them on course. Though they lost a few wickets towards the end, a calm Peirson ensured they don’t botch up this run chase. He remained unbeaten and took them over the line. Sydney Thunder did not have enough runs on the board as they lost their way after a 77-run stand between Hales and Ferguson, though Sams and Cutting provided a strong finish

They might have been dropped from their respective Test sides but Joe Denly (36-ball 50) and Joe Burns (38-ball 52) looked at their absolute best in a completely different format, helping Brisbane Heat defeat Sydney Thunder by five wickets in Match No. 28 of the Big Bash League 2020-21 at The Gabba on Monday With this win, Brisbane moved to the sixth spot, while the Thunder are still placed at No. 2.

Opting to bat, Alex Hales (26-ball 46), Daniel Sams (18-ball 37) and Ben Cutting (15-ball 24) all chipped in with fiery cameos to lead Sydney to 174/8 in their 20 overs. In reply, Chris Lynn got Brisbane off to a superb start before Denly and Burns put on 90 runs for the third wicket to help their team chase down the total in 19.1 overs. Full Scorecard

Brisbane Heat XI: Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Joe Denly, Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Jimmy Peirson (c, wk), Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Matt Kuhnemann, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahma.
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X-factor subs: Chris Lynn, Sam Heazlett

Sydney Thunder XI: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha

X-factor subs: Chris Tremain, Alex Ross

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