Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades clashed against each other in the knockout match of Big Bash League 2022-23 on Sunday, January 29. Heat’s captain Usman Khawaja won the toss and asked the Renegades to put runs on the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, during the 5th over of the second innings, the Heat’s batter Josh Brown played a brilliant shot. Will Sutherland was bowling the over. On the second delivery of the over, he bowled a length delivery that was angling into off. Brown flicked it effortlessly to the deep-wicket fence and it sailed away for a huge six.
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Asked to bat first, Shaun Marsh played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 82 runs off just 53 deliveries which included 9 fours and 2 sixes. He measured and at the same time put the bad balls away, took calculated risks and it paid off. The likes of Sam Harper (22 off 21) and Matt Critchley (23 off 18) chipped in with useful cameos but they did not kick on for more.
A brilliant all-round performance by Brisbane Heat
Xavier Bartlett and Michael Neser were the picks of the bowlers. Bartlett picked 3 wickets while Neser dismissed 2 batters with Spencer Johnson impressing as well. They restricted the Renegades on the score of just 162 runs in 20 overs.
Coming to chase the target, openers Usman Khawaja and Brown set them on their way with a great start. Khawaja played a superb inning of 59 runs off 47 balls which included 8 fours and 1 six, while Brown scored 39 runs off 27 deliveries smashing 1 four and 4 maximums. The opening partnership was key and once again Khawaja was superb, carrying on his rich form.
After Brown fell, Marnus came and along with Khawaja, put them on the road to a win. The Surge was taken to finish it off quickly but both batters fell to give the Renegades a chance but the duo of Hain and Renshaw did not allow any of that as they completed the job with 7 balls to spare. The Renegades are out while the Heat will go to face the Sixers in the Challenger for a place in the final.