BBL 2013/14 Match 7: Brisbane Heat get Dunked on

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Dunk hammered 67 runs off 33 balls

The Brisbane Heat got Dunked on in their clash with the Hobart Hurricanes as opening batsman Ben Dunk smashed a sparkling 67 to lead his side to an improbable three-wicket win.

Dunk was well supported by Jonathan Wells, who finished unbeaten on 36.

Heat captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat first.

However, his decision to do so backfired almost immediately as opening batsman Luke Pomersbach was clean bowled by Doug Bollinger for just four runs.

England import Craig Kieswetter and Joe Burns put together a brilliant 76-run partnership, during which Kieswetter brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Ben Laughlin at deep midwicket off the bowling of Shoaib Malik.

Kiewetter’s excellent knock of 50 came off 24 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes.

Burns and Daniel Christian kept the runs flowing with an outstanding 97-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Burns was stumped by Tim Paine off the bowling of Xavier Doherty.

Burns’ sparkling innings of 69 came off 45 deliveries and included six boundaries and two maximums.

Christian ended up finishing on 70 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries and four sixes as the Heat posted a fantastic score of 209/3 at the end of their 20 overs.

Bollinger, Malik and Doherty all picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing a mammoth target of 210 to win, the Hurricanes got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Malik and Dunk amassed a 50-run partnership before Malik was caught by Alister McDermott at short fine leg off the bowling of Christian for 19.

Dunk and Travis Birt kept the runs flowing with a magnificent 69-run partnership, during which Dunk brought up his half-century, before Birt was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Cutting for 27.

Dunk was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was clean bowled by Daniel Vettori for 67 off just 33 balls, which included five boundaries and four sixes.

Dunk’s dismissal led to the Hurricanes’ lower order collapsing.

However, Wells stood tall amongst the rubble and launched one last offensive to lead the Hurricanes to victory.

Wells finished on 36 off 20 balls, which included five boundaries.

Vettori and Cameron Gannon the most successful bowlers for the Heat with two wickets apiece, while McDermott, Christian and Cutting snapped up one wicket each.

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