Sensational Abbott rescues Sixers in final ball thriller

Allround Abbott sinks Heat into a fantastic SCG thriller

Sydney Sixers star Sean Abbott produced perhaps the best all-round performance in KFC BBL’s history for stealing his team a remarkable victory over the Brisbane Heat in a low-scoring thriller at SCG.

In the hunt for just 106 to win, the Sixers fell apart to 8-47 in the 13th over before Abbott (37no) combined with Ben Dwarshuis (23no) to revive the inning and produce a barely credible triumph to get out of jail.

The Heat won the throw, hit and were promptly thrown to 105 in 19.1 overs, but as the Sixers slipped to 2-0 with only seven balls in their running chase, the Brisbane bowling group sensed that an astonishing disruption might be on the cards.

From the pitch, Sixers batter Dan Hughes suggested on the player microphone that the pitch was more worn than perhaps the Heat batter had realized, with commentator Brad Haddin repeating the sentiment and suspecting it was actually a wicket that 140 would be a competitive one on. score.

Abbott closes the evening to remember with four wickets

None of that really detracted from a disastrous display from the Heat Batters, who for the second time in three nights found themselves two wickets down within two overs after Jimmy Peirson’s increase to opener ended with the captain being caught in the deep square for a four -ball and.

This time, two to three in the fourth over when Chris Lynn (2) found himself the victim of the catch of BBL | 11 to date.

With left-arm player Dwarshuis angled over him, Lynn threw herself on a fuller delivery and put a thoroughbred tire drive into what initially appeared to be free space. But Abbott intercepted the ball via a full-length dive and a stretched right arm, whose flying grip was reminiscent of teammate Jordan Silks eight summers ago.

Abbott already had the wicket of Tom Cooper (7) at the time, and he added Heats ‘three top scorers to his wicket column – Ben Duckett (21), Max Bryant (22) and X-factor Jack Wildermuth (27) – which loosened the visitors’ innings. themselves steadily.

Wildermuth’s inclusion as an extra batting option cost Brisbane the spin opportunity of Matt Kuhnemann, who was their best bowler in Monday’s loss to the Melbourne Stars.

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Not that it looked like he wanted much to throw himself over; no Heat partnership reached 25 when Dwarshuis (2-13) and Hayden Kerr (2-18) joined Abbott (4-31) with several wickets, with the latter taking the Golden Cap as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker so far.

At the time, the result seemed anything but a formality, but when Josh Philippe mistimed his second ball straight to mid-off from Mark Steketee, and Xavier Bartlett produced a delicious outswinger to reject James Vince’s first ball, the Heat sniffed the impossible.

The Wickets kept toppling over. James Bazley removed Hughes (6) with the last ball in the fourth over, after which Wildermuth got Jordan Silk (3) to point with the first ball in the sixth.

At 4-26, the veteran couple Moises Henriques (15) and Dan Christian (2) were charged with restoring peace and order, but only managed to increase the chaos; Christian fouled out for deep coverage, and Henriques edged backwards towards Mujeeb Ur Rahman, where Peirson took an excellent low catch.

When Kerr (2) fell to a sharp catch from Bryant at a backward point to give Bazley another wicket and Shadab Khan fell to Wildermuth for eight, the scoreboard showed a barely credible 8-47 and the Sixers found themselves in the lead worse than England at. MCG.

Yet there was still a twist in the narrative.

After showing that he can do most things on a cricket field, Abbott reminded the spectators of his talents with a bat in hand, where the hard-hitting right-handed player took advantage of the power rise to somehow revive his side.

Together with his new ball partner Dwarshuis, the duo put 30 from 12 balls with the court up, where Abbott laced a couple of sixes to move the progress in the cases.

Full final over as Sixers win last ball over Heat

That left the equation of 24 from 24 with two wickets in hand, and amidst smart singles, smart bowling, spasmodic quicks (Wildermuth), and no shortage of games and misses, the Sixers only needed two to win from the final, to stay cast by the excellent Bartlett.

There was still more drama.

From the first five balls, the Sixers pair managed just one risky single as Bartlett landed a pair of perfect yorkers to ensure the magenta nerves rang until the last.

But tonight’s script was always written for Abbott, and from the last ball he took a few quick steps down the field and drove on over a short midfield, ending one of the more extraordinary matches with fire in his eyes and ice in his eyes. veins.

The win places the Sixers back at the top of the BBL | 11 table after seven games, while the Heat remain in fifth place with two wins.

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