Domestic Cricket: Match 15 of the 2018-19 Big Bash League: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixes 2nd Innings Match Review at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

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Sydney Sixers have begun their run hunt of needing 165 runs to win at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

On the other hand, Brisbane Heat only needs ten wickets to win.

Their Openers of this debutant Justin Avendano & Joe Denly have fired off with runs on the board.

But Mujeed Ur Rahman provided the breakthrough when he dismissed Denly on 11.

Rahman pitched up short with plenty of spice going wide before Denly had to lunge for the cut shot.

Well, Denly’s plan didn’t go too well when it chipped edge straight to James Peirson’s gloves.

Justin Avendano stayed on while Moises Henriques immediately jumped & quickly scored runs.

Therefore, this gentle & aggressive combination helped the Sixers reach 70 by the halfway mark.

2nd Innings, Overs 10 to 20

Justin Avendano thought he’s comfortably safe having gone for the quick single.

But he hasn’t when he looked away from where the ball went where Ben Cutting directly threw & hit the stumps.

Yes, Avendano played well on his Big Bash debut by playing the basics off a straight or open flat bat on 30.

Though, he has also had one lowlight Avendano needs to learn next time.

Entirely focus on quickly running home no matter where the ball goes as looking away isn’t helping him.

It was a shame when Avendano had to suffer that run out which mirrored Marnus Labuschagne’s version in the UAE v Pakistan two months ago.

Mitchell Swepson provided the Sixers’ 2nd wicket loss on Daniel Hughes (2).

Swepson pitched up straight with some turn bouncing a bit wide towards Peirson’s gloves.

Hughes tried to sweep so he can lift it all the way past the rope.

But it’s a swing and a miss by going deep and early when Peirson cashed a straight stumping as Hughes’s foot isn’t behind the line.

Part 2

Henriques backed up his 50 off 34 balls with five overs left of play on the Gold Coast.

He came in and let his bat do the talking by exploding a couple of shots that made Henriques score quickfire runs.

The use of his head position by staying still has allowed him to free his arms and follow on under his eyes.

That way it gave himself some room both front & back foot where he used the pace to execute his range of shots.

Although, Ben Cutting ended Henriques’ spell with the bat on a terrific 57.

Cutting pitched up full and straight closer to the off stump before Henriques straight drove in the air towards Max Bryant’s hands at long on.

Jordan Silk took over Henriques lead as he bids to steer the sixes home for the win.

Silk was on the verge of scoring his 50 before he incorrectly whacked the straight drive early which saw it scooped to Peirson’s gloves.

Though, Silk played well throughout his 46-run spell by being creative with his shots.

Plus his high reach does help him execute his follow through such as extending his arms by keeping his technique simple.

Within six balls left in this match, Tom Curran whacked off a fantastic four before he guided the winning runs home for the Sixers.

FINAL SCORE: Sydney Sixers 5-165 & win by five wickets with three balls left.

Brisbane Heat’s Take

For Brisbane Heat, commiserations on the loss v the Sixers.

Their bowling didn’t produce a lot of attacking flair as expected with balls flying too full, short or straight.

Plus no consistent length and pace used to help the Sixers batsmen whack off good balls.

The same goes to their batting such where the early top-order collapse hurt them dearly.

They had trouble scoring off good balls as well as from the stumps and shots into the air.

But the only batsman who kept his technical game simple throughout the 1st Innings is Chris Lynn.

Lynn has a great eye with his head staying tall so he can let the bat do his talking such as the execution and follow-throughs.

These two factors helped Lynn control his tempo when the ball comes to him before he whacks off runs at the right time.

It doesn’t matter what types of shots he hits as long as Lynn rotates the strike which backed up his 84 & Player of the Match Award.

Sydney Sixers Take

The Sydney Sixers did very well.

Their bowling has been spot on in the way they attacked the stumps straight plus can change the variation well.

That’s how their bowlers picked up a few scalps off a wide of areas:

  • Four off catches
  • Two clean bowling the stumps
  • One off the LBW

Making the ball rotate and unleash its bounce and swing has made the Heat middle order challenging to keep up to track after the top order got out early.

That first lot of focus is done and dusted as we move on to the batting side now.

It’s great seeing some mix of aggressive and straight bat type players that helped the Sixers fire off well.

As soon as the Opening pair get out, Moises Henriques & Jordan Silk came in and destroyed the Heat attack.

The way they take their guard and primary use of the head position has helped them control the innings for long periods.

Hence, credit to Henriques on getting his half-ton while Silk contributed to the Sixers cause on 46.

The same goes to the 25-year old debutant Justin Avendano went off to a great start at 30.

Avendano kept his technical game simple as he can without fuss in the middle.

Though he needs to communicate a bit better when he tries to run home, Avendano should not take his eyes off the ball.

That is all.

Apart from that, Avendano will surely learn the pros & cons from today’s game before he can score the 50s & 100s in weeks to come.

Conclusion

Brisbane Heat remains sixth and last on the table with three losses & no wins in hand.

Sydney Sixers go up to 2nd behind Hobart Hurricanes with three wins & two losses.

Sixers (six) trail the Hurricanes (eight) by two points.

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