The 19th game of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23, Sydney Thunder defeated Brisbane Heat in a nerve-racking thriller at Carrara Oval in Queensland on Thursday.
Chasing the huge target of 183, the Heat batters seemed completely out of touch and fired at regular intervals. However opener Colin Munro had other plans as he played one of the best BBL punches to keep Heat in the game.
Munro took the game to its limits and kept his end alive until the finals were over as he approached a triple digit mark. But alas, the left-handed batter, trying to clear the mid-wicket Nathan MacAndrewfailed to time the ball and Daniel Sams took a sensational outfield catch to send Munro off. The Black Caps batsman eventually scored 98 off just 53 balls using nine fours and three sixes. In the end, Thunder won the game by 11 runs.
Previously, Heat won the toss and asked the Thunder to bat first. Some vital contributions from batters inspired Thunder to reach a competitive total. Opener Matthew Gilkes (37), Rilee Rossouw (39) and Alex Ross (25) came in with key hits before Sams gave the late bloom to push Thunder over 180.
Sams played an unbeaten run of 36 from just 15 deliveries, including 2 fours and 4 sixes, as Thunder made 182/6 in their allotted 20 overs. for the heat, James Bazley was the star of the evening, taking a haul of four wickets while giving away 22 runs in his 4 overs quota.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
So close. @manuz05 – what an effort (98 of 53) 🙏
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 29, 2022
Top beat Colin Munro’s, but the decision to run for the no-ball probably cost Heat the game. Remarkably, since the 2019/20 season (200+ matches), only one goal of 180+ has been successfully chased in BBL.
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 29, 2022
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 29, 2022
First pitch with a fresh, dry ball and Munro is caught on the boundary by Daniel Sams.
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) December 29, 2022
haha you score 98 of 53 chasing 182 and still get beat definitely a'”FUCK SAKE BOYS” and a bat throw by Colin Munro when he got back to the dugout #BBL12
— Danny Ando (@AndoDanny) December 29, 2022
Sadly didn’t win, but take a bow to Colin Munro! What a great innings so close to a century 🥲
— Hayden (@haydenjs94) December 29, 2022
Highest scores by New Zealand players in Big Bash League:-
114* – Colin Munro (for Scorchers) v Strikers, 2021
98 – Colin Munro (for Heat) v Thunder, today#BBL12
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) December 29, 2022
Well, this Colin Munro innings is a pure example of how numbers sometimes don’t tell the story.
Nothing to take away from him, but he’s just as contributing to his side’s loss today with those scoops over the last 10-15 deliveries.
— Yuvraj Nanda (@YuvrajNanda) December 29, 2022
Anyway I miss Colin Munro so much and am happy for you Queenslanders who should cherish him
— B (@__bethlouise) December 29, 2022
Give Colin Munro another chance with the BlackCaps
— CFCDan (@DannCFC21) December 29, 2022
If Colin Munro gets them home from here, it just proves how stupid the scorchers were to take Evans on that trip. Already a quality hit @TeeeLew
— Ben Merrifield (@Bennom_1950) December 29, 2022
Well done @HeatBBL now to find a few more colin munro type hitters.
— Claire22 (@ClaireHickey22) December 29, 2022
Well done to Colin Munro. Great innings. Put the team before himself.
— journalist agendas (@journalistagen1) December 29, 2022
To make a bow @HeatBBL Colin Munro. One of the best BBL innings of all time.
— Djraj (@Djraj38313947) December 29, 2022
Colin Munro earned a century!#BBL12
— Farzan Patel (@TheTipsyParsi) December 29, 2022
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