Brisbane Heat looked a shadow of the side without their premier run-scorer Chris Lynn as they succumbed to a 27 run defeat in the game played against Perth Scorchers at the Gabba. It was cruel reminder for Brisbane Heat who would have to cope and do well without Lynn for the remaining part of the Big Bash League.
Andrew Tye has been in superb form with the ball and turned to be the man of moment for Perth Scorchers as he bagged four wickets and conceded 22 runs. The chase for Brisbane started badly as they lost their openers Jimmy Peirson and Brendon McCullum to see the side placed at 18 for 2 after 2 overs. Mitchell Johnson looked in good form as he dismissed Sam Heazlett to see Heat in all sorts of trouble. Alex Ross and Joe Burns did momentarily held the innings together but Tye came into the attack and claimed his first wicket to see outgun Burns for 26 runs.Ross played well and top-scored for Scorchers he was dismissed by Jhye Richardson. The lower order was taken out by all-rounder Andrew Tye as he claimed a hat-trick in the final over of the innings to end up with four wickets on the night.
Earlier in the day, Perth Scorchers batted first after Brisbane Heat won the toss and opted to field first. Michael Klinger once again chipped with a superb performance as he timed his innings to perfection to score 81 runs off 54 balls.He struck six fours and two sixes and held the innings together while there was loss of wickets at the other end. He anchored the innings for Scorchers to see them end up with 156 runs after 20 overs. The rest of batsmen like Ian Bell and Ashton Turner did reach double figures and could not carry on to score big runs in the final overs as the side were restricted to a below par score at the Gabba.
Perth Scorchers are now at the top of the table due to better net run-rate than the other three rivals. While a loss for Brisbane Heat had a small bearing on their position as they are a close second behind Scorchers in the league table.