Sydney Thunders demolished the Brisbane Heat at the iconic Gabba by a huge margin of 53 runs, courtesy of a phenomenal spell from debutant Saqib Mahmood. Sam Billing slammed the Heats bowlers all around the park in the 1st innings, comfortably placing his team at 196-7 at the halfway stage. When the Heats batters came into bat, they could barely stand against the fiery English pacer Mahmood, as he claimed 4 wickets for just 22 runs.
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Heats skipper Jimmy Peirson put the Thunders to bat on winning the toss. The Gabba pitch was a flat track and looked like a haven for the men with the willow. The top 3 batters gave a steady start, scoring runs at a brisk rate. It was the English keeper-batter Sam Billings who took the bowlers aback. From ball 1 he was in blistering form as he looked to tonk each delivery out of the park. With 5 sixes and 5 fours, Billings raced to his fifty with a maximum off Mujeeb. The Thunders fell short of 200 by 4 runs at the end of 20 overs.
11 deliveries that shattered hopes
With a tough task at hand, the Brisbane Heats made the chase way tougher for them in the first 3 overs, losing half their side. Saqib Mahmood in his maiden BBL appearance shattered the top order of Brisbane Heats. He claimed a 4-for in his first 11 balls. He clicked 150Kmph with the white ball, and his raw pace left the likes of Chris Lynn amused. At that stage, only a miracle could change the fortunes of the Heats camp. The match got over by the 18th over after the Heats were restricted to 143-10. For an extraordinary performance on debut, Mahmood was adjudged the Player of the Match.
With this mammoth win over the Heats, the Thunders made it 2 out of 4 in their campaign and are currently placed 3rd on the points table.
Brief scores: Sydney Thunder 196/7 in 20 overs (Sam Billings 64, Jason Sangha 39, Alex Hales 35; Mitchell Swepson 2-27, Xavier Bartlett 2-45, Mark Steketee 2-32) beat Brisbane Heat 143 all out in 17.3 overs (Xavier Bartlett 42*, Mark Steketee 33; Saqib Mahmood 4-22, Tanveer Sangha 3-26) by 53 runs.
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