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There was little contention between Heat and Sixers, as the latter escaped with an eight-wicket victory at Gabba on Thursday evening.
But there was an intriguing battle between two companions, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, which ended with a clear winner.
Here are the best moments of the game at Gabba.
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HEAT COLLATTS … AGAIN
The Heat had a point to prove at Gabba, but you wouldn’t have known with the score of 10 more than the first innings.
The last time Brisbane came out of the flushed face he lost 10 wickets for just 36 runs, from some winners against the Melbourne Renegades to 44 defeated.
And they failed to respond against the Sixers on Thursday, losing half of his batters in another slump that soon put him on the back foot.
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The Heat lost three wickets within powerplay and five within 10 over for only 57 runs.
Halfway through his innings against the Sixers, Heat averaged just 6.2 points per wicket (15-93) since losing his first against the Forsaken.
The Heat was therefore at risk of being launched for less than 100 after falling to 8-93, but a delayed burst from tailender James Pattinson (27) saved a respectable total of 8-126.
“It was a really stop-start performance from the Heat,” said Mark Waugh on Fox Cricket. “It’s not great when your No.8 is your best scorer.”
SMITH WINS A ROUND ONE AGAINST MARNUS
It may not have been the pitcher, but Smith claimed the first rights to brag about Labuschagne.
Smith joked before the game that he wanted the ball when his partner Marnus came to the fold for the heat.
He didn’t understand it, but he took the catch that removed Labuschagne for an overwhelming three of just eight balls.
“It was supposed to be Steve Smith, no,” joked Michael Vaughan on Fox Cricket. “It always would have been.”
Labuschagne was unstoppable at home during the summer of the Test but seemed out of his return to the BBL as he tried to pull Tom Curran, but he aimed the ball straight into the air at Smith.
“Well, it’s the first ball that hit badly on Australian soil this summer,” Waugh said in a comment, “It hit everything in the middle.”
“I’m throwing up,” Labuschagne said in response to Fox Cricket. “I should have had more than one crack, I held back a little.”
SMITH WINS TWO ROUND VS MARNUS … SORT OF
Labuschagne had a golden opportunity in the second inning to have the last laugh against Smith.
Batsman Sixers made it to the fold for his first BBL innings in six years, and Captain Heat Chris Lynn didn’t disappoint the crowd by giving Labuschagne the ball.
“This is what we want: Marnus Labuschagne to Steve Smith,” Vaughan said in a comment. “He wants to throw him against him, he wants to keep him on strike.”
Labuschagne’s excitement was evident to everyone, when he called in a first step, he licked his lips and approached the fold with one more purpose.
He flew the ball just off the stump and Smith simply stepped into the shot and tied Labuschagne for four.
“No respect from Steve Smith actually seemed like a decent delivery,” Waugh said. “A full fraction maybe.”
Smith started hitting the next ball and didn’t last long after, fired for a run-a-ball nine in his return game. All in all, it was a disappointing night for the couple.
The next assignment for the Sixers is Melbourne Renegades at the bottom of the rankings, who play at home during the double header on Saturday.
As for the Heat, they will travel to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the stars await in a successful fight following the Sixers game.
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