Match 26: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat.
A collective bowling effort from Heat bowlers leads to a hat trick of defeats for Sixers against Brisbane Heat on Saturday.
Winning the toss, Sixers opted to bat on a surface which was slow and assisted spinners. Opening the inning for Sixers, it is very rare that you see Healy and Perry getting out in a quick period of time. Heat bowlers were successful in doing that. All credits to Johnson and Kimmince who picked up the openers early.
With the openers and especially Perry back in the hut, Heat bowlers applied more pressure on Sixers. The upcoming batters though had a good start failed to convert them into big. Even the conditions favored the bowling side.
Gardener, Burns, Kapp and Van Niekerk all scored 20 plus but failed to make big. In the end, Sixers scored just 123 runs with the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. With the ball, it was a collective effort and almost all chipped in with wickets for Heat.
Chasing the target of 124, Heat openers Mooney and Green played sensibly, they focused on rotating the strike than going for big hits. Green on reaching 24 was dismissed by Niekerk. The incoming batter Jonassen played sensibly and scored a quick 33. Mooney and Jonassen got out on reaching 25 and 33 respectively. The allrounder G Harris took the responsibility of finishing, she along with L Harris chased the score in 16.5 overs, which helped Heat to an easy win against a strong opponent like Sixers.
This is the third defeat in a row for Sixers against Heat, which will make them worry as they have chances of meeting Heat again in Knockouts.
Brief Scores: Sixers 123 for 7 in 20 overs( Niekerk 28 & Jonassen 2 for 20) lost to Heat 127 for 3 in 16.5 overs ( Jonassen 33 & Niekerk 2 for 19) by 7 wickets