BBL 2018/19 24th Match: McCullum, Lynn silence Thunder in rain-affected showdown

Brendon McCullum 56 Chris Lynn 54 Brisbane Heat Sydney Thunder Big Bash League BBL 24th Match cricket

Brendon McCullum (right) and Chris Lynn both made fifties

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Brendon McCullum and captain Chris Lynn smashed 56 and 54 respectively as the Brisbane Heat defeated the Sydney Thunder by 15 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Being put in to bat first, the Heat got off to a brilliant start as Max Bryant and McCullum amassed a 76-run partnership in slightly more than seven overs before Bryant was clean bowled by Jonathan Cook for 36.

McCullum and Lynn kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership, during which McCullum brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Fawad Ahmed at short third man off the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu for 56, which came off 35 balls and included three boundaries and four sixes.

Lynn went on to score a 30-ball 54, which included four boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Chris Green near deep midwicket off the bowling of Cook.

Once Lynn was gone, the Heat completely collapsed as they went from 155/3 in the 15th over to finishing on 186/8 off their 20 overs.

Cook was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Fawad snapped up two and Sandhu, Green and Daniel Sams chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 187 to win, the Thunder were dealt a big blow on the ninth ball of their innings as opener Jos Buttler was trapped lbw off the bowling of James Pattinson for five runs.

Callum Ferguson made a quickfire 16 before he was caught by Bryant at cover off the bowling of Brendan Doggett.

In the very next over, the rain came and the players had to return to the pavilion.

With the rain refusing to relent, the Heat were declared the winners as the Thunder needed to be on 50 as per the DLS method. However, since they were on 34/2, they lost the match by 15 runs.

Pattinson and Doggett claimed one wicket each.

Lynn was named Man of the Match.

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