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Brisbane Heat consistent, Sydney Thunder finally get rolling

Eoin Morgan set the stage on fire before his departure
Eoin Morgan set the stage on fire before his departure

The third week of the Big Bash League 2016-17 season saw Brisbane Heat maintaining their consistency and occupying the pole position while the rest of the teams are struggling with their combinations in a bid to remain in contention for play-offs.

Lynn-McCullum combination reaping benefits for Brisbane

The partnership of the tournament has been Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum as seen in the 17th game of the tournament against Perth Scorchers. The duo made short work of the 174-run chase with their unbeaten 148-run stand which came in just 73 deliveries to reclaim the top position in the table. McCullum scored a 31-ball 50 while Lynn smashed an unbeaten 98 after which he was rewarded with a spot in Australia's ODI squad against Pakistan.

It was also Brisbane's second win in the week after their triumph against Sydney Sixers earlier in the 15th match making them one of the most consistent team this season.

Defending champions finally make a move on

With four consecutive defeats, the Sydney Thunder looked down and out but their fortune took a turn with Eoin Morgan playing of the innings of the tournament before his departure for national duty. After Kevin Pietersen smashed a 37-ball 60, Melbourne Stars went on to post 166 for eight in the 20 overs following which Sydney Thunder looked down and out at 84 for four but Morgan played a brilliant 71-run innings including a last-ball six to ensure they remained alive in the tournament.

Sydney Thunder carry forwarded the momentum into their second game of the week against Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday and registered their second successive win of the tournament with skipper Shane Watson scoring a blistering half-century while Morgan's replacement James Vince played a handy knock of 44.

Stars complete revenge win in Melbourne derby clash

The Melbourne Stars finally avenged their defeat to Melbourne Renegades with a convincing win in the 19th match of the tournament. The high profile derby encounter saw once again Pietersen scoring a blistering 73 while Rob Quiney too scored a quick fifty as the Stars managed to post 200 despite a three-wicket haul from James Pattinson. In response Renegades managed only 154.

The win also meant that Stars and Renegades have exchanged their position in the table and are placed fourth and fifth respectively.

Best Match Turning Performance of the Week:

Eoin Morgan: The England skipper did no damage to his reputation before leaving the tournament. After looking out of sorts earlier in the tournament, Morgan unleashed himself against Melbourne Stars giving a warning to India ahead of the ODI series. The 30-year-old remained unbeaten on 71 from 50 deliveries and had hit to hit a six off the last ball to take the team through and more importantly keep them alive in the tournament.

Best Batting Performance of the Week:

Chris Lynn: Hard to look beyond Lynn, who has been the best batsman this tournament. The Queensland batsman smashed an unbeaten 98 runs off 49 deliveries which included 11 sixes and three boundaries to help his team chase down 174 comfortably in 14.4 overs.

Best Bowling Performance of the Week:

Daniel Christian: The elite list of bowlers, who picked five-wicket hauls in the tournament has been on the rise and this time it was Hobart Hurricanes pacer - Christian. After Adelaide Strikers had a promising start from the openers, Christian unleashed himself and registered figures of 14 for five to dismiss Hobart Hurricanes for 143 and set up the win.

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