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LIVE: The Brisbane Heat take on the last-seeded Adelaide Strikers in a crucial clash with the BBL – and they had a huge chance when Heat spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman bizarrely defeated his Afghan teammate Rashid Khan from laughable way.

The Strikers won the bat flip and struck the first a la Gabba, reaching 4-161 in a careful and measured inning.

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Hot youngster Will Prestwidge made the first breakthrough with his third BBL wicket in as many appearances.

Quickly gifted, Prestwidge took Matt Short behind for 27 of 19, but not before Short was hit twice by defensive players throwing the ball into the stumps.

Fox Cricket commentator Brenton Speed ​​said: “He’s in the crosshairs tonight, Matt Short. He’s beaten up and bruised – not because of what the bowlers are doing, but because of the field men.

Brett Lee said, “It’s going to sting… It’s going to be painful.”

He added, “It’s like a pinball machine! … He’s like the Buck running through a paintball on Buck’s Day, you are just chosen for the fun of it! “

Speed ​​added: “The stumps are missing a few meters!

Matt Short of the Strikers received a heavy penalty.Source: Getty Images

After a patient 50-point partnership with Jake Weatherald, Henry Hunt (25 of 26) fell to 12th place as an extremely slow ball from Matt Kuhnemann cut the top of his stump.

Brett Lee said: “It went so slowly it looked like he almost could’ve hit him twice… He can’t believe he was browned!” He left the Strikers 2/85.

Weatherald reached 35 of 31 when he was caught by Jake Lehmann in the depths, a ball after smashing Prestwidge for his first six of the night. Brenton Speed ​​roared, “Six and let’s go to Weatherald!”

“I threw his wicket,” said Brett Lee, while the Strikers’ all-time BBL top scorer Weatherald missed the chance to take on the Power Surge alongside his other great hitter Wells.

“He’s going to kick himself once he gets back to the locker room,” added Brad Haddin.

KHAN COPS HILARIOUS BOWLED

Rashid Khan, in his 300th T20 game, replaced Weatherald and hit six consecutive sixes in the Power Surge. Haddin said: “Rashid Khan only knows one way, it’s nothing to 100 real fast!”

“They turned it on, they pulled the trigger,” said Brett Lee.

But on Khan’s fourth ball, he moved away from the stumps towards his leg to make way for fellow Afghan Mujeeb ur Rahman. But Mujeeb threw it at his countryman, and he swung off his leg and flipped over on the stumps – nearly three feet from Khan’s body!

Speed ​​said, “Rashid Khan can’t believe it, Mujeeb wants to laugh out loud! They will talk about it on the plane.

Brett Lee said, “I can’t believe it, it’s almost square bounce. Normally a diversion goes down the fence for four.

Rashid Khan suffered a bizarre layoff.Source: FOX SPORTS

KUHNEMANN IN PROBLEM

Matt Kuhnemann could be faced with a conversation from Brisbane captain Chris Lynn in the locker room after spoiling an easy grip for his returning captain.

Thomas Kelly attempted to hit a second straight six against Kuhnemann to start the 19th again, but placed it straight up in the air towards cover. Lynn called for the capture, but was called off by Kuhnemann – only for the pitcher to have completely escaped the drop.

Brett Lee said: “He can’t believe it… No one else to blame but himself.”

“You better have a wicket, brother,” a Heat player (supposedly Lynn) told Kuhnemann on the pitch after the crash.

Jonathan Wells finished 23 * of 24 and Kelly 24 * of 16 as the Strikers finished their 20 overs 6-141.

TEAM NEWS

The desperate Heat had to call in a series of last-minute replacement players for their last two games – the two losses – after a huge outbreak of Covid-19 in the squad, but now have six of their best returning players in action.

Heat players Xavier Bartlett, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn and Nathan McSweeney have all been allowed to return to action after spending a week in isolation since testing positive for COVID-19.

Bartlett told Fox Cricket: “I’m like a little kid again this Christmas, to be back.”

He added that he had stayed fit in the seclusion thanks to “Lots of backyard cricket to be honest. Nathan McSweeney and Matt Kuhnemann, we all stayed together. So (we played) a lot of backyard cricket! “

Max Bryant, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth also returned to the 18-man squad for the clash, but were not named in the starting XI.

But the Heat will still be without captain Jimmy Peirson, while the club also said some players and staff – including coach Wade Seccombe – were not yet allowed to return, or were still showing symptoms.

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The Heat are also without Pakistani hitter Fakhar Zaman, who cannot enter Queensland due to border restrictions. That means five of the Heat’s substitutes have been named to the 18-man squad for tonight’s clash: wicket keeper Lachlan Pfeffer, spinners Paddy Dooley and Jack Wood, hitter Jake Lehmann and crimper David Grant. .

The Heat sit in fifth place in the standings – last place in the race to advance to the final. But the BBL scale is currently so tight that the Queenslanders could be overtaken by the Strikers if Adelaide’s side win tonight.

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