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BBL 21-22: Abbott stars in Sixers thrilling win against Heat

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Sydney Sixers’ star all-rounder Sean Abbott once again proved his mettle with both bat and ball as he put the Brisbane Heat in trouble and got them to a low score of 105 all out. It was a last-ball edge-of-the-seat thriller for the Sixers as Brisbane Heat didn’t allow them to score freely.

The Sixers also tottered at 47/8 before Abbott (37 not out) along with Ben Dwarshuis (23 not out) helped the Sixers get over the line in the match.

Innings Story of the Brisbane Heat

Heat having won the toss, decided to bat first but it was a rocky road for them and they couldn’t get enough runs on the board and were bundled up for just 105 runs in 19.1 overs by the Sixers.

None of the Heat batters could get going and were becoming victims of the lethal bowling done by the Sixers.

Jimmy Pierson’s elevation to opener did not bear much fruit as the skipper was dismissed for a four-ball duck. The Heat lost two wickets in two overs.

Those two became three in the fourth over when Chris Lynn (2) became the victim of a superb catch in the history of BBL|11.

Abbott already had the wicket of Tom Cooper (7) and together with his fellow bowlers, Dwarshuis and Hayden Kerr, he scalped three more wickets and those were of Ben Duckett (21), Max Bryant (22), and Jack Wildermuth (27) as the visitors slumped even further.

Sixers’ bowlers had impressive figures in this match. Ben Dwarshuis got 2-13, Hayden Kerr scalped 2-18, but by far, the best performance was that of Sean Abbott who got 4-31 and also got the Golden Cap as the season’s highest wicket-taker.

Innings Story of Brisbane Heat

The Sixers looked all set to chase this small total down with a number of overs to spare, it began with a catastrophe as Josh Phillipe and James Vince got out early without scoring and the Sixers’ score was 0/2 and Brisbane started sniffed an upset at this stage.

The Sixers continued to lose wickets at regular intervals with Hughes picked up by James Bazley for 6 and Jordan Silk was scalped by Wildermuth.

When the score was 26/4, the veteran pair of Moises Henriques and Dan Christian was sent to repair the damage but they too couldn’t contribute much to the scorecard and went away cheaply for 15 and 2 respectively.

The horror for the Sixers continued as Kerr fell for 2 and Shadab Khan scored just 8 and the scoreboard read 47/8.

That’s when Sean Abbott, who has a stellar performance with the ball, wanted to continue it with the bat as well.

With Dwarshuis at the other end, the pair put up 30 runs off 12 balls that took the proceedings from the hands of the Heat into that of the Sixers.

When the equation was 24 of 24, it took a lot of clever batting, bowling, and fielding that left the final over of the innings to be bowled by Bartlett.

After almost losing the game in the final over, Abbott struck the final two runs and took the team to victory.

The win puts the Sixers back at the top of the BBL|11 points table while the Heat remains at fifth position with two wins.

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