Big Bash League
Steve O’Keefe | Picture: BBL Twitter

After chasing down a below-par total, Sydney Sixers on Thursday defeated Brisbane Heat by 8 wickets in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) here at the Gabba.

Chasing a target of 127, The three-time BBL champions, Sixers, won the game with 25 balls to spare.

Openers James Vince and Josh Philippe gave the Sixers an excellent start by adding 75 runs for the opening wicket as the former completed his half-century.

Vince smashed 51 of 37 balls including eight boundaries before he was caught towards deep mid-wicket by Sam Heazlett.

Steve Smith, who was making his long-awaited BBL comeback, was then caught behind the stumps by Jimmy Peirson.

But, Philippe also completed his half-century and ensured that Sixers retain the second spot in the BBL table.

Earlier, Sixers skipper James Pattinson won the toss and decided to bowl here at the Gabba.

Steve O’Keefe dismissed Heat’s skipper and talisman Chris Lynn and was later awarded the player of the match award.

After Lynn’s dismissal, Heat’s top and middle-order collapsed miserably. As a result, they were reduced to 93/8.

But, a handy contribution from James Pattinson, which included a couple of maximums and a boundary helped the Heat to cross the 120-run mark.

On Saturday, Sixers will take on Renegades while the Heat will face stars in the Big Bash League.

 

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