BBL 2013/14 Match 18: Heat burn Thunder behind Lynn’s half-century

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Lynn clobbered six maximums during his knock of 56

Chris Lynn smashed a sparkling half-century to help the Brisbane Heat burn the Sydney Thunder by 48 runs at the Stadium Australia.

Lynn was well supported by pace bowler Cameron Gannon, who tore through the Thunder’s batting line-up with four wickets.

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

Hopes’ decision to bat first backfired as the Heat lost their top three batsmen with only 43 runs on the board.

Daniel Christian and Lynn made up for the Heat’s early losses with a brilliant 66-run partnership before Christian was caught by Usman Khawaja off the bowling of Dirk Nannes for 24.

Lynn ended up making 56 off 35 balls, which included one boundary and an incredible six maximums, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Nannes.

The Heat eventually finished on 165/5 at the end of their 20 overs thanks to a quickfire 25 from Ben Cutting.

Nannes was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Gurinder Sandhu chipped in with one.

Chasing 166 to win, the Thunder got off to a poor start as opening batsman Daniel Hughes was caught by Peter Forrest at mid-off off the bowling of Mark Steketee for just seven runs.

Khawaja managed to make 22 runs before being caught by Luke Pomersbach at deep midwicket off the bowling of Hopes.

Following Khawaja’s dismissal, Gannon ripped through the Thunder’s middle and lower order.

Captain Michael Hussey was the only standout performer as he hammered 60 runs off 37 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes, before being caught by Forrest at long-on off the bowling of Gannon.

The Thunder were put out of their misery in the 18th over when they were bowled out for a dismal 117.

Gannon was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Steketee and Hopes snapped up two wickets apiece and Cutting picked up one.

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