Latest match report – Heat vs Sixers 25th match 2021/22


The Sixers chased just 106 and swayed at 8 for 47 before Abbott finished his remarkable performance with a match-winning 37

Sydney Sixers 8 for 106 (Abbott 37 not out, Dwarshuis 23 not out, Wildermuth 2-18, Bazley 2-19) Brisbane Heat 105 (Wildermuth 27, Abbott 4-31, Dwarshuis 2-13, Kerr 2-18) with two wickets

Sean Abbott produced hero maturations with bat and ball, while also taking a cloud of a catch as the Sydney Sixers overcame a horrific batting collapse to beat the Brisbane Heat from the final ball on a bowler-friendly SCG deck.

The Sixers chased just 106, swayed at 8 for 47 and were in grave danger of the lowest BBL score ever before Abbott ended his remarkable performance with a match-winning 37 that was not marked by hitting the winning stroke from the last ball.

He combined with Ben Dwarshuis in an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 59 to get the double-defending champions Sixers (6-1) across the line and inflict heartache on the gallant Heat (2-5), whose season is at a crossroads.

The Sixers collapse before Abbott’s heroism
The Sixers’ hopes of an easy chase disappeared with Josh Philippe’s early wicket, which has been such a driving force for them this season, triggering a horror show. It was jarring to see the otherwise composed Sixers look so appalling as they could not establish a partnership to stabilize the ship.

Moises Henriques was the only batsman who seemed unafraid of the situation, but when he fell for 15, it was unthinkable to unfold. At 7 for 35, they were in grave danger of suffering the disgrace of the lowest BBL score ever at 57 before Abbott continued his remarkable play to boost the Sixers’ momentum-shifting 30 runs in the power rise.

Suddenly, the Sixers only needed one run-a-ball in the final four overs, but of course, this tipping of a game went down to the lead. The Sixers showed up at home and needed just two runs from the last over, but were thwarted by brilliant yorkers from Xavier Bartlett.

When he needed a run to win the final ball, Abbott aptly proved the hero with a flick through the in-field to trigger memorable celebrations in one of the season’s best matches.

Inspired heat falls short
When the Heat defended a low total, the Heat obviously needed early wickets, and they delivered on a course that looked more like a test tire.

The inflated Heat had their tails up and could sniff out an astonishing robbery as their seams bowled an immaculate line on a pitch that favored bowlers much more than is the norm in T20 cricket.

Offspinner Mujeeb ur Rahman attended the party with Henriques’ key wicket when the Heat got suffocated. Jake Wildermuth proved to be an inspired x-factor with two wickets to seemingly rule out any chance of a Sixers resuscitation.

That was until Abbott opposed, and the Heat suddenly lost nerve before Bartlett struck a brilliant finale over, but it did not turn out enough.

Abbott can not do anything wrong
Renegade’s youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk appeared to have finished the tournament catch after his leaping one-handed war against the Adelaide Strikers earlier in the season. But he has serious competition after Abbott took a jaw-dropping catch to leave Chris Lynn in shock.

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