BBL: Scorchers too good for Heat

The return of Test trio Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Renshaw failed to inspire the battling Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night, with the Perth Scorchers cruising to a crushing eight-wicket win at the Gabba.

Chasing the Heat’s 20-over total of 6-155, the visitors were rarely troubled in securing their seventh win of the season with 22 balls to spare.

An unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 132 between Josh Inglis (67* off 35 balls) and Aaron Hardie (65* off 45 balls) proved the difference, with the pair smashing the Heat attack to all parts of the ground.

Hardie finished the contest in emphatic style, smashing Spencer Johnson over the mid-on boundary for six.

Inglis and Hardie were also lethal on part-time leg-spinner Labuschagne, whose only over of the match cost Brisbane 20 runs and turned the tide of the contest.

The loss was the Heat’s sixth defeat in nine matches this season, with hopes of a finals berth quickly fading.

In contrast, the Scorchers’ latest win moved them to the top of the BBL ladder and further stamped them as favourites for the title.

Left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff (3-21 off four overs) was the pick of the bowlers for the Scorchers, with his scalps including Labuschagne and Renshaw.

He would also have claimed the wicket of Khawaja had wicket-keeper Inglis not put down a hot chance in the fourth over.

Test trio return for Heat

The Heat’s Test batting trio of Khawaja, Labuschagne and Renshaw played some impressive shots but failed to make the most of their chances with the bat.

Khawaja 28 (23 balls) and Renshaw 27 (21 balls) would have been particularly disappointed not to make the most of their starts.

Playing in his first match for the Heat since his off-season move from the Sydney Thunder, Brisbane skipper Khawaja seemed in total control during his time at the crease.

However, he came unstuck in the 11th over – also the first over of the Heat’s power surge – when he hooked a short ball from AJ Tye straight into the safe hands of Cameron Bancroft at deep mid-wicket.

Renshaw was also dismissed hooking, and also during the power surge, with his mistimed. top-edged stroke being well caught at mid-on by Tye off the bowling of Behrendorff.

Labuschagne 10 (nine balls) was also dismissed by Behrendorff, who enticed the Test star into a square drive that was caught in the deep by Stevie Eskinazi.

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