Sydney Thunder won the bat flip with Roofs and chose to bowl first v Brisbane Heat at Spotless Stadium.
It’s one of these Baseball venues that used to be home of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Now we’re all set for Game 24 in the 2018-19 Big Bash League which takes place at the heart of the Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush.
- Shane Watson, Captain
- Jos Buttler, Wicket-Keeper
- Callum Ferguson
- Joe Root
- Jason Sangha
- Daniel Sams
- Chris Green
- Gurinder Sandhu
- Sam Rainbird
- Jono Cook
- Fawad Ahmed
- Brendon McCullum
- Max Bryant
- Chris Lynn, Captain
- Matt Renshaw
- James Peirson, Wicket-Keeper
- Ben Cutting
- James Pattinson
- Brendan Doggett
- Mitchell Swepson
- Mujeeb Ur-Rahman
1st Innings, Part 1
The Heat Opening pair of Max Bryant & Brendon McCullum fired off well with runs on the board.
Bryant continued to drive as the aggressor where he kept his head still & no hesitation involved.
He read the bowler well which allowed him to move his feet closer to the ball out wide and whack off downtown for six.
On the other hand, McCullum has a different gentle approach to Bryant’s in the middle.
But at least, McCullum still maintains his shape by waiting for the ball to come to him late.
That way McCullum can extend his arms & sky off the ball with maximum power past the rope.
Despite Bryant’s quickfire run-fest, he had to leave his wicket when Jono Cook bowled him out on 36.
Cook pitched up full and straight with not much turn where Bryant backed away and couldn’t get the flick shot running past mid-wicket.
So very hard for Bryant to score runs off good balls from the middle of the crease.
McCullum took over Bryant’s lead and continued his hard-hitting prowess onto his way at the half-ton.
He continues to keep his technique positive and straightforward such as the movement of feet and head still.
There’s no hesitation, reaching out, jumping for the defense or shaking the head by taking the eyes off the ball.
His Bash brother, Chris Lynn came in as Bryant’s replacement at No.3 having fired off with quickfire runs.
With seven overs to go, Sydney Thunder split the Bash Brothers partnership when Gurinder Sandhu dismissed McCullum on 56.
Sandhu bowled an excellent short ball pitching in the middle and swinging towards the stumps.
Like Bryant, McCullum had problems making that late cut click towards Fawad Ahmed’s hands at third man.
So McCullum may have lost a bit of balance with the two feet together & follow through his eyes early.
1st Innings, Part 2
Lynn later backed up his 50 like his Bash Brother with McCullum before Jono Cook dismissed him on 51.
Cook bowled full again this time angling towards the leg-stump before Lynn ‘s head went down & flick towards Chris Green at deep mid-wicket.
The next ball, Cook achieved his 3rd scalp this time on Ben Cutting (3) with the LBW.
He did a great job turning the ball with some revs pitching towards the leg stump as Cutting swung and missed before it tagged his unmovable back foot.
Fawad Ahmed soon had his fair share amongst the wickets on spinners as he dismissed Matt Renshaw for a duck.
Renshaw whacked it too early off a straight ball play at leg-stump from Ahmed before it scooped straight to Gurinder Sandhu.
And it didn’t take long for Ahmed to capture Labuschagne on a duck having whacked the cover shot incorrectly towardsJono Cook at mid-off.
It’s hard for Labuschagne to play off an attacking shot from the stumps where he whacked too early, and there goes his wicket.
From Cook to Ahmed, now Chris Green gets his turn when he took his first scalp off James Pattinson.
Pattinson had a hard time executing the straight drive off the stumps and moving his head downwards.
That conveys Pattinson swung and missed before it clipped his leg pad without moving a lot in the middle of the crease.
With two overs left, Daniel Sams ticked off Heat’s seventh wicket loss on Brendan Doggett (4).
Sams bowled an excellent slow ball swinging in towards the stumps as Doggett whacked the straight shot early to Jono Cook at long off.
Final 1st Innings Score: Brisbane Heat 8-186
Sydney Thunder needs 187 runs to win off 120 balls with a required run rate of 9.35 per over.
They will get to bat after the 10-minute interval with the Heat bowling and fielding.
Initially, the Sydney Thunder’s bowling began off slow and steady.
They’ve bowled too full, short and straight balls that didn’t directly attack the stumps.
So that made it easier for the Bash Brothers pair of McCullum and Lynn whack off easy runs downtown.
But later in this innings, they’re able to hammer the attacking flair well by chucking towards the stumps.
That way, they should reward themselves mainly with the catches as well as two LBWs & one bowled into the stumps.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat’s Top 3 batsmen kept their approach simple using the head to read the bowler & cash in with runs.
However, later in the innings, the Heat’s batting card quickly collapsed through attempted boundaries off the stumps.
The likes of Marnus Labuschagne & Matt Renshaw became one of these casualties.
So it’s not a good look on the Australian selectors as the two-match Tests v Sri Lanka takes place in a fortnight.
It’s hard for them to execute these shots off good balls when they didn’t use the footwork as well as moving the head downwards which proved comfortable & accurate for the bowler to take wickets towards the end.