GABBA: The Brisbane Heat have opened their BBL07 campaign in style with a big win against the Melbourne Stars in front of a rowdy 27,433 crowd at the Gabba.
Alex Ross and Joe Burns did the damage with the bat as both tallied half centuries while it was youngster Shadab Khan who was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets in his first game.
In front of their home fans, the Brisbane Heat got the job done even with their star batsmen Chris Lynn watching on from the sidelines.
Behind an even spread of batters piling on the runs, the Heat tallied an enormous 206 runs with Alex Ross and Joe Burns both scoring half centuries.
Brendon McCullum got the party started and looked promising before falling on 40.
With the pace bowlers continuously bowling horrible deliveries, the Heat batters took full advantage and set the Stars an ominous chase.
The run chase got off to a nightmare start for the Stars, losing Ben Dunk in the very first over courtesy of a Mitch Swepson screamer.
While the big wickets fell early, a partnership between Marcus Stoinis and James Faulkner reignited the Stars hopes.
Both Stoinis and Faulkner looked out on their feet as they wilted away at the total but despite their best efforts, they couldn’t drag the Stars across the line.
The duo combined for the fifth biggest partnership in Big Bash history as they put 147 runs on the board and brought the Stars within reach of pulling off the unthinkable.
After being dropped twice in the 90s, Stoinis was run out in the final over on 99 runs off only 51 balls in what was an incredible innings.
In what looked like an unlikely contest halfway through the Stars innings, turned into a rather exciting contest but the Heat did enough to escape with the victory.
— Veronica Eggleton (@veggleton) December 20, 2017