It was one of the most dramatic ends of a match in the history of Big Bash League when Hobart Hurricanes downed Brisbane Heat by one run in a nail-biting encounter at Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday (December 30).
The hosts needed two runs to register a victory and one run to send the match into super over when Mark Steketee divided into the crease after hitting the ball. Ingram fired the ball against the wicket. The batsman tried to touch the crease but the bat was in the air and not on the ground. Steketee got run out and the hosts lost the match.
It was an interesting game with a lot of ups and downs in both the innings. Heat looked in commanding position when they bundled out Hurricanes for 150 runs with an outstanding performance of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who grabbed five wickets conceding 15 runs. While chasing the target of 151-set by Hurricanes, Heat lost three wickets in three overs but James Bazley's unbeaten 49-run knock helped them to make a comeback into the match.
Choosing to field first at their home ground, Brisbane Heat got off to a good start when Xavier Bartlett came into the attack for the hosts and forced Hobart Hurricanes to suffer an early blow. The visitors lost the first wicket in the first over with the departure of D’Arcy Short, who has given a flop show with his bat for the fourth time in the ongoing tourney.
In the second over, David Malan and Ben McDermott earned five runs through ones and twos. The former found the fence four times in the third over to maintain a decent run-rate of 7.33. However, the southpaw had almost given the ball in Heazlett’s hand, who dropped a straightforward catch and Malan got a lifeline in the fourth over.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman arrived after the Powerplay and removed McDermott (4 off 8) on his first ball. He also conceded just one run in that over. Hurricanes have been struggling with their dilapidated top-order in the ongoing season. Ben McDermott has played outstandingly at number three in the previous two games but sending him as an opener could not even help them in the last match against the same opponents.
Hurricanes batsmen scored runs through singles on many occasions. They could score only two boundaries and a six (blasted by Malan in the 8th over) in 6 overs (from 5th to 10). Before the end of the 10th over, the visitors lost third wicket, when Wildermuth dismissed Handscomb (18 off 19).
David Malan (39 off 32) tried to maintain the grip but soon was restricted by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 12th over. Wildermuth dropped Collin Ingram’s catch at short third man. He was the second batsman to get a lifeline in the match. However, the visitors were already put under pressure with 85 runs for four wickets in 13 overs. Both the batsmen tried to score runs through singles and doubles. They hit a couple of boundaries to complete 100 runs in 15 overs.
The visitors got another lifeline in the 16th over. This time too it was Wildermuth, who dropped Ingram’s catch. Steketee seemed a bit frustrated as the batsman hit a boundary after getting one more chance to play. However, the bowler took revenge by getting rid of the batsman (24 off 21) in the same over. Hurricanes were 115 for 5 wickets in 16 overs.
Keemo Paul and Tim David added some fire by scoring 20 runs in the 17th over. David smacked Gregory by hitting two sixes and Paul touched the fence once. Bartlett then produced a perfect Yorker to clean bowled David. The 19th over was of Mujeeb Ur Rahman who grabbed three wickets, missing on his hat-trick.
In the second innings, Heat also got off to a sloppy start when they lost three wickets in three overs. Riley Meredith got an early breakthrough when he dismissed Heazlett, who went back to pavilion without opening his account. Scott Boland removed Wildermuth in the second over. In the third over, Meredith’s yorker made it difficult for Cooper, who could contribute just one run. Heat were 10 for 3 in three overs.
Max Bryant and Lewis Gregory tried to maintain grip by scoring singles and finding boundaries once in an over. In the 7th over, Gregory smacked three boundaries off Nathan Ellis to escalate the run rate, which was 6.14 and the required run rate by the end of the 7th over was 8.31. The hosts already had lost three wickets and were under huge pressure of defending the wickets and scoring more runs through boundaries. Bryant got a lifeline in the 8th over. Thanks to McDermott who dropped the catch that proved costly for the visitors as Bryant hit a four and a six in the 9th over off Keemo Paul. However, the bowler compensated the loss by dismissing Bryant (32 off 21) in the same over.
The hosts lost one more wicket in the 11th over when Meredith dismissed Gregory (29 off 27). Jimmy Peirson and James Bazley then started scoring runs through singles and doubles and snatched 9 runs in the 12th over and 20 runs in the 13th over with the help of two boundaries scored by Bazley to minimise the run rate difference. They continued scoring singles and Bazley again found the fence in the 15th over hitting a four and a six.
Heat lost their 7th wicket in the 17th over needing 26 runs from 18 balls. The win was not so far from them. They needed a few boundaries which they earned in the 18th over when Steketee hit two fours. It was Bazley, who was firm at the crease shouldering run-scoring responsibility for his team. The hosts needed 7 runs off 6 balls to win the match when Hurricanes send Boland into the attack. The bowler did not allow the hosts to find the fence as they had to accumulate runs in singles and doubles. Steketee got run out on the last ball that tilted the win in the visitors’ favour.