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Big Bash: Chris Lynn was clearly feeling pretty good as he crunched an over for a whopping 24 runs including three sixes and a four as the Heat took on the Renegages.

Dan Christian is pretty happy with the result.Source:Getty Images

The popularity of T20 cricket has been on the back of tight, unexpected results that can turn on a dime.

The Brisbane Heat have just shown how true that is, capitulating against the Melbourne Renegades.

The Heat, chasing the Renegades’ 6/164, were cruising at 1/84 at the end of the power play.

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It was a spectacular start for Brisbane in front of their home fans with Chris Lynn dismissed on the last ball of the field restrictions.

Lynn, in an all too brief taste of Lynnsanity, smashed five fours and three sixes to score 41 off 15.

The Brisbane Heat were then dragged back into a tight tussle after the brutal assault on the modest score.

By the end of the 13th over, the Heat had added another 30 runs but lost six wickets.

AB de Villiers followed Lynn, wafting at his second ball to be bowled and the wickets kept coming.

It all started so well for the Heat.

It all started so well for the Heat.Source:Getty Images

“This is unbelievable,” Ricky Ponting said. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing here.”

From Sam Heazlett’s wicket to when Josh Lalor fell, the Heat had lost 5/5 in nine balls.

It was a horrific collapse.

An over later, it was all over, the biggest 10-wicket collapse in the competition’s history, losing 10/36.

Brendan McCullum said it was a crazy batting after Lynn was dismissed.

“I was standing by 165 is nowhere near enough in this game and when Brisbane Heat were coasting it looked like it was about 60 short,” McCullum said. “But you can’t cater for and you cannot coach stupidity. I’m sorry, but what we have seen after the dismissal of Chris Lynn, who was flying at the time, so you can handle that has been out-and-out ridiculous batting.”

But after Lynn was caught on the boundary after a rapid start, Ponting said the Brisbane skipper was as much to blame as anyone else.

“Well, I will pose a question to you then – if you want to go there and that hard I am saying Chris Lynn was as stupid as anybody,” Ponting said. “Forty off 15 balls, 0/80-odd at the time, can you continue to play that way game after game after game?”

The Renegades could hardly believe it.

The Renegades could hardly believe it.Source:AAP

While McCullum defending his former Bash Brother, Ponting shared an incredible statistic.

“I actually think he needs to take more responsibility,” he said. “I talked about with the statistician before the game. When Chris Lynn scores 50 or more they have actually won 15 out of the 19 games. So surely today when they’re chasing a small total like that and he’s 40-odd not out with his partner flying at the other end, he can put his head down and get 70 or 80 not out.”

Lynn didn’t hold back himself with a brutal assessment of his team’s performance.

“I can’t sugar coat it, it was just a piss poor effort,” Lynn said on Channel 7. “Another embarrassing effort.

“These guys that are playing, they’re not first, they’re not second gamers. They are four, five years into the tournament. They’ve got games under their belt.

“We are doing all the right things at training but I don’t know what goes on out in the middle because we just seem panic. It’s not just a wicket or two, it’s a train wreck.”

While they weren’t all great calls, with Ben Cutting’s LBW to make it 7/118 labelled “an absolute stinking decision” by McCullum, it was a car crash of an innings.

Sent in by Lynn, the Renegades scored 6-164 with Samit Patel and Mohammad Nabi finishing strongly.

The pair made an unbeaten 34 off just 13 balls to push the total past 150.

Patel made 23 not out off 10 balls including two sixes off the second last over before Nabi (22 not out off 15) ensured the final over was the Renegades’ best of the innings, with 20 runs coming off it.

— with AAP

‘ABSOLUTELY ABSURD’: STAR FINALLY BREAKS SHACKLES

David Miller finally showed why the Hurricanes wanted him.

David Miller finally showed why the Hurricanes wanted him.Source:Getty Images

Adelaide captain Travis Head has given selectors a reminder of his white-ball skills with the Strikers, who have survived an onslaught from Hobart import David Miller to notch a tense 10-run BBL win.

Adelaide hung on after posting 5-186 on Sunday afternoon in Launceston, with Head hitting 79 from 40 balls.

Hobart lost regular wickets in the chase but Miller, who had struggled for form all season, came to life in the middle order with an unbeaten 90 from 48 balls.

Before today, he had averaged just 13 before today, having tallied 91 runs from his nine innings (two not outs before today).

The Hurricanes needed 21 off the final over but veteran seamer Peter Siddle held his nerve and conceded just 10.

“He made it difficult for us,” Head said of Miller. “But Sids showed his class again … it was probably closer than what we would have liked. But I actually didn’t think we bowled too poorly.”

The win lifts Adelaide to second on the ladder, while Hobart’s chances of making the finals are virtually over.

Head, having not played limited-overs cricket for Australia since late 2018, earlier clubbed six sixes and five fours after the Strikers were sent in.

He was dropped on 21 by Miller at deep square leg, one of two simple chances shelled by a sloppy Hobart.

Head made them pay and took a liking to off-spinner Clive Rose, launching him for two maximums in three balls in the 13th over before holing out on the leg-side boundary.

Travis Head saved the day for the Strikers.

Travis Head saved the day for the Strikers.Source:Getty Images

The Test No.6 shared a 97-run stand with Jono Wells (45no from 35 balls) after Adelaide fell to 2-24.

Head said he was feeling comfortable in his fourth game for the Strikers after returning from national duties.

“I probably haven’t trained as much as I normally would have in the last little bit. That’s just coming off the back of a big summer and making sure I’m mentally fresh,” Head said.

He also pulled off a one-handed grab at cover to remove Jake Doran (28) from the bowling of Wes Agar (4-33).

The Hurricanes’ chase was off to the worst possible start when linchpin Matthew Wade (five) edged Michael Neser to slip in the first over.

The Hurricanes remain seventh on the ladder, three points adrift of fifth-placed Perth with three games to play.

— AAP

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