Dunk Delivers Against Defending Champs

The Hobart Hurricanes recorded a three wicket win over the Brisbane Heat.

 

Source: Chris Hyde/ Getty Images

Source: Chris Hyde/ Getty Images

 

The Hobart Hurricanes chased down a record total at the Gabba last night to register a three wicket win over the Brisbane Heat.

 

In their second home game of the Big Bash League the defending champions posted a record total of 3/209 but they failed to defend it as the visiting Hurricanes made the runs with four balls to spare.

 

With their captain James Hopes winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Heat were quickly on the back foot after Luke Pomersbach (4) was bowled by Doug Bollinger (1/27) in the first over of the game.

 

This would however be a rare highlight for the Hurricanes bowlers as English import Craig Kieswetter (50), Joe Burns (69), and Dan Christian (70) all made scores above fifty to help their team to 3/209 which broke the record for the highest score in a Big Bash game.

 

Despite having a mammoth run chase in front of them, the Hurricanes took advantage of the good batting conditions as they got off to a quick start reaching 50 in the fourth over before Pakistan import Shoaib Malik was removed for 19 by Christian (1/29).

 

This did not deter his opening partner Ben Dunk who went on to smash 67 off 33 balls before he was bowled by New Zealand import Daniel Vettori (2/32) in the twelfth over.

 

Managing to keep the run rate at the required level throughout the chase, the Hurricanes needed 10 runs off the final over that was bowled by Ben Cutting (1/39).

 

After struggling with the ball, Hurricanes fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus (10) began the final over on strike and he took his chance to redeem himself smashing a four and a six to give his team the win with four balls to spare.

 

In doing so, the Hurricanes set a new record for the highest score in Big Bash history finishing seven wickets down for 210 runs from their 20 overs.

 

The Heat now shift their thoughts to their clash with the struggling Renegades on 30 December, while the Hurricanes will look to carry their momentum into their game against the Renegades on New Year’s Day.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @MeadowsWidget

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