BBL 2013/14 Match 13: Lumb helps Sixers sneak past Heat

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Lumb smashed 56 runs off 42 balls

England opening batsman Michael Lumb proved to be too hot to handle as his half-century led the Sydney Sixers to a four-run win over the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

Lumb was well supported by veteran Australia pace bowler Brett Lee, who took two wickets from his four overs, while only conceding 22 runs.

Heat captain James Hopes won the toss and chose to field first.

His decision to do so paid off almost immediately as Sixers opening batsman Nic Maddinson was caught by Chris Lynn off the bowling of Mark Steketee for nine runs.

Sixers skipper Moises Henriques managed to make 19 runs before being brilliantly caught by Ben Cutting at deep midwicket off the bowling of Cameron Gannon.

Lumb ended up making 56 off 42 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, before being caught by Hopes at backward point off the bowling of Cutting.

Following Lumb’s dismissal, the Sixers’ middle and lower order completely collapsed, which led to them finishing on 140/8 at the end of their 20 overs.

Gannon was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Cutting snapped up two and Steketee and Daniel Vettori chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 141 to win, the Heat got off to a poor start as their top three batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 33 runs on the board.

Lynn and Craig Kieswetter managed to stabilise the innings with a brilliant 63-run partnership before Lynn was clean bowled by Lee for 34.

Kieswetter made 38 runs before being the victim of a sensational catch by Jordan Silk at mid-on.

Chris Sabburg scored a quickfire 19, but it went in vain as the Heat lost the match by an agonising margin of four runs.

Lee was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Henriques, Josh Lalor and Josh Hazlewood all picked up one wicket apiece.

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