So, that's a wrap from this WBBL encounter. The Heat grab some crucial points and make the top half of the points table look more jampacked. This is Arijit Kundu signing off from the coverage on behalf of co-commentator, Deepak Prakash and scorer, Yogesh Kumar. Stay tuned. Tune in to the World Cup and other actions to take a sip of our flavor.
Mignon du Preez (Player of the Match):"Thank you very much. Yes, I must say, we've been wanting this one. We've actually lost a little bit of momentum in the last couple of games. So for us to finally get over the line, a little bit close for comfort, but what is the win we'll take it nonetheless.
Yeah, look, we know there was nothing close to our best and we said, I think the main thing, our batting, and our bowling has actually been pretty good, but we let ourselves down in the field. So we just know fielding is an attitude thing and it's something that we can control and we just wanted to bring the fun element back and actually enjoyed ourselves out there and think tonight we saw that in the field there was a lot better by hustle the girls. I think Kerr's diving catch just set the standard and it was a lot better energy in the field and I think we kind of just translated that into the batting.
It was a slightly slower surface, but I think as soon as they took face on, if you looked straight, you did still get value for shots. I think to me, the key has to be to look straight and then react to anything else, kind rather than trying to look too square."
Player of the Match: Mignon du Preez
4:31 PM IST, 8:31 PM Local Time | Bess Heath did keep us on the edge of our seats. She did smacked a four on her first ball and curtailed the equation to 4 needed off 7 balls. However, three dots in the final over and it came down to 3 needed off 2 balls. A boundary in the second last ball and she helps the Heat grab two points and gain back their momentum. This is the first loss for the Adelaide Strikers in their last five games. Their streak gets broken.
In pursuit of the chase, Brisbane Heat lost Grace Harris and Georgia Reydmaine early after a brisk partnership. Amelia Kerr tried to assist Mignon du Preez but gave away a catch to Laura Wolvaardt at backward point, succumbing to pressure. They were 50-3 at the cusp of the seventh over and never fell behind in the required run-rate.
Charli Knott helped du Preez in building the innings and the duo racked up 48 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. The Proteas batter got to her fifty with occasional boundaries but failed to finish off the chase. She was caught and bowled by Amanda-Jade Wellington in the 17th over and passed the baton to Georgia Voll and Jess Jonassen.
The skipper got some good strikes off her bat but failed and got dismissed in the 19th over. It was Bess Heath who managed to eke out two boundaries within the final eight deliveries of the match and take her side to the land of victory.
Earlier in the game, Adelaide Strikers got a half-hearted start as openers- Katie Mack and Laura Wolvaardt had an ordinary day with the bat. Tahlia McGrath followed them in haste as Amelia Kerr took a terrific diving catch to remove the Aussie all-rounder.
Bridget Patterson and Madeline Penna began to form a partnership, but their development was quickly halted by Charli Knott, who stranded Patterson for 12 runs and effectively ended the fledgling partnership.
Penna teamed up with Gibson and completed her half-century. Gibson, on the other hand, scored quickly and remained unbeaten on 34 runs off 17 balls, closing the innings with a six and propelling her team to 137/4 in 20 overs. Penna finished unbeaten on 57 runs, her highest WBBL score.
Heath finishes the game with a boundary for the Heat and they are pumped up. Brisbane Heat Women derailed the 4-match winning streak of Adelaide Strikers Women to return to the winnings ways.
19.5 D Gibson to B Heath
4 FOURRR!!! Damn! Damn! What an epic game and Bess Heath extracts the boundary with her might. Fuller one and outside the off stump line. Heath goes for the big slash and the big swing helps her get the thickish outside half of the blade flying over backward point region for a four. The Heat goes past the finishing line and ends the four-match winning streak of the Strikers.
Make it three dot balls in a row. 3 needed off 2 balls now. Is it super over on the cards?
19.4 D Gibson to B Heath
0 Goes for the big swing and misses again. Heath must be feeling the pressure now. Fuller than a length and outside the off. Heath goes for a wild hoick and gets beaten on the outside edge. Three dots on a trot.
Another dot ball. 3 needed off 3 balls now.
19.3 D Gibson to B Heath
0 Plays and misses!! Good length delivery outside the off. Heath looks to dab and gets beaten on the outside edge. Slower one from the bowler and god, that's the second dot in a row.
A crucial dot ball. 3 needed off 4 balls now.
19.2 D Gibson to B Heath
0 Full and wide outside the off. Goes a tad away from the batter who slashes and gets beaten on the outside edge.
3 needed off 5 balls. Tahlia McGrath has a chat with Gibson.
19.1 D Gibson to G Voll
1 Full and outside the off. Voll gets some bat on it and squeezes it towards deep cover point for a single.
Brisbane Heat Women need 4 runs in the final over. Gibson to bowl the final over of the innings.
A poor throw from the fielder and the Strikers miss an opportunity to run out Heath.