Brendon McCullum produced an inspiring performance with bat to help Brisbane Heat come out top against Adelaide Strikers in a run-scoring feast at Adelaide Oval. Brisbane got off to a good start as Jimmy Pierson and Brendon McCullum did put on an opening stand of 90 runs in eight overs to lay down an ideal platform for other batsmen to tee off at the end of the innings.
The impetus to Brisbane Heat innings was provided by Alex Ross innings who went on to score 64 runs off 36 balls and did strike some meaty blows to see Heat end up with 206 runs on the board. Strikers were not far off as they were provided with a blistering start at the top from Ben Dunk and Jake Weatherfield who put on a 133 runs for the opening wicket. The hosts were placed in a comfortable position before both openers fell in a succession to see the side lose the momentum. Samuel Badree also came to the party for his side Brisbane Heat after his bad first over as he bowled tight spell in the middle overs to see pressure build on Adelaide Strikers to go for big runs at the end. McCullum used his bowlers well as the required run-rate climbed with Pollard dismissed for just 1 run.
Brendon McCullum seemed to have inspired the unit on the night as the side might look to compete a lot better given their poor record in the Big Bash League. His on-field tactics and composure helped his side keep their nerves in a riveting contest that could have gone either way given the start provided by Weatherfield and Dunk for Strikers in the chase.