Brisbane Heat 144-1 (Lynn 63no) beat
Melbourne Stars 141-7 (Maxwell 50) by 9 wickets
15th game, Big Bash League, Melbourne
Mitchell Swepson picked a three-wicket haul while Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum scored unbeaten half centuries as Brisbane Heat completed a nine-wicket win over Melbourne Stars in the 15th game of the Big Bash League in Melbourne.
Brisbane won the toss and decided to bowl first. After a cautious start of 12 runs in the first two overs, Melbourne Stars lost Ben Dunk (5) as he was trapped LBW by Yasir Shah (1-16).
Kevin Pietersen (30), who was dropped by Joe Burns, hit three more boundaries to take the Stars to 45 for one in the powerplay.
Swepson (3-14) was introduced in the eighth over and in the very first over, he had Luke Wright (19) stumped and he also had Pietersen caught at long on in his next. At the halfway mark, Melbourne Stars were positioned 67 for three.
The innings sunk further as an indecision in running led to the run out of Marcus Stoinis (4) and Rob Quiney (0) sent a return catch to Swepson.
Glenn Maxwell (50) with his 39 ball knock that had five boundaries and a six helped Stars recover a bit and post 141 for seven in the 20 overs. Swepson with his three-wicket haul was the pick of the Brisbane bowlers.
In the chase, Brisbane Heat had no problem whatsoever as Lynn (63 not out) and McCullum (61) shared a 101 run stand off just 64 deliveries.
McCullum reached his half-century off 27 deliveries but was dismissed shortly after that. However, Lynn along with Burns (18 not out) ensured Brisbane completed the chase in just 14.4 overs with nine wickets in hand.
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