Stephen Fleming, the Stars coach, has a chat with McCullum. Who knows, the two could team up later in the year at the IPL.

"It wasn't a pretty fifty but I found a way to be not out at the end, so it feels nice," says Chris Lynn. "We normally lose at home and win away, trying to turn it around this year."

If ever Chennai Super Kings, who have to finalise their player retention this week, were in two minds, tonight should be enough validation regarding Brendon McCullum. The Brisbane Heat captain knocked the stuffing out of Melbourne Stars in a bruising half-century to set up this chase. A target of 140 on a slightly slugging surface ought to have tested them, but the manner of that opening stand resulted in a rout that has left Stars winless after three matches. Lots of hard work lays ahead. As Pietersen summed it up, 'We can't be this poor.'

14.4
4
Beer to Lynn, FOUR, short ball angling away, has width needed to slap this over long-off. Brisbane Heat have decimated Melbourne Stars. As convincing as it can get
14.3
1
Beer to Burns, 1 run, punches this wide of mid-on for an easy single
14.2
1
Beer to Lynn, 1 run, eased with the spin to sweeper cover
14.1
0
Beer to Lynn, no run, helps this incoming length ball to short fine leg

END OF OVER:
14 | 8 Runs | BH: 138/1 (4 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.85, RRR: 0.66)

  • CA Lynn58 (43b)
  • JA Burns17 (11b)
  • A Zampa4-0-28-0
  • MP Stoinis2-0-30-0
13.6
1
Zampa to Lynn, 1 run, eased with the spin to sweeper cover for an easy single
13.5
1
Zampa to Burns, 1 run, rocks back and cuts to deep point
13.4
0
Zampa to Burns, no run, steps out to launch over long-on, gets a thick inside edge onto the pad.
13.3
4
Zampa to Burns, FOUR, down on one knee as he pulls this short delivery to the deep square leg boundary. Super shot
13.2
1
Zampa to Lynn, 1 run, drifting into middle and leg, tucked to deep midwicket
13.1
1
Zampa to Burns, 1 run, works this length ball on middle to deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
13 | 20 Runs | BH: 130/1 (12 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 1.71)

  • CA Lynn56 (41b)
  • JA Burns11 (7b)
  • MP Stoinis2-0-30-0
  • JP Faulkner2-0-14-0
12.6
4
Stoinis to Lynn, FOUR, backs away and crashes this length ball outside off to the cover boundary. Does he want to hop out of Melbourne tonight itself? Looks like it. As a bowler, you'd think you didn't do much wrong. What improvisation
12.5
4
Stoinis to Lynn, FOUR, looks to slap this over mid-off but ends up getting a thick edge that flies wide of the keeper. Brings up his half-century. This is his slowest-ever BBL fifty Would you believe it?
12.4
0
Stoinis to Lynn, no run, mistimes an attempted slap to cover
12.3
6
Stoinis to Lynn, SIX, he's hit this to Gold Coast or what? He was waiting for this shot, sitting up nicely as he muscled this pull deep into the stands at midwicket. Massive

Big Bash League

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