BBL: McCullum, Lynn fire for Brisbane Heat in truncated affair
Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn added 65 off 35 balls. (Image: Screengrab)

Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn fired half-centuries as Brisbane Heat downed Sydney Thunder in a rain-marred match of the Big Bash League by 15 runs. Chasing 187 to win, Thunder were 34 for 2 in 5.3 overs before the heavens opened. After waiting for a considerable amount of time, courtesy the DLS method, the match was awarded to Heat.

Thunder lost Jos Buttler cheaply in the second over of the innings. Shane Watson and Callum Ferguson added 23 runs for the second wicket before Brendan Doggett had Ferguson out caught for 16 off 12 (one four, one six). Watson had moved to 13 off 14 – a towering six off Mujeeb Ur Rahman, while Joe Root was yet to face a delivery when it began raining. After it constantly rained for a while, the umpires decided that no further play would be possible.

For Brisbane, McCullum and Lynn did most of the scoring, with opener Max Bryant adding 36 off 23 up the order. In fact, he and McCullum provided the Heat the rollicking start adding 76 off 43 deliveries. Jonathan Cook, the pick of the Heat bowlers (3/27) cleaned up Bryan for the breakthrough. But Thunder would have to wait another six overs to celebrate again, which Lynn and McCullum put on 65 off just 34 balls.

Gurinder Sandhu broke the partnership, dismissing McCullum after the batsman had hit three fours and four sixes. Next over, Cook picked up his second with the wicket of the dangerous Lynn who struck four sixes and four fours during his 30-ball stay. Fawad Ahmed, Cook, Sandhu and Chris Green pulled things back for Thunder in the last five overs as Heat lost their last six wickets for just 27 runs.

This gives Heat their second win of the season, placing them seventh on the points-table, while Thunder are a slot above them at sixth.

Brief scores: Brisbane Heat 186/8 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 56, Chris Lynn 54; Jonathan 3-27) beat Sydney Thunder 34/2 in 5.3 overs (Callum Ferguson 16; James Pattinson 1-6) by 15 runs via the DLS Method.