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Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes

Match info: T20 Big Bash at Brisbane Cricket Ground

Date: 9th Dec 2012 Umpires: S J Davis and D B Mealey

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Brisbane Heat

172/6 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Hobart Hurricanes

175/2 (19.0 Overs)

Hobart Hurricanes win by 8 wickets

  • Last Updated: December 21 2012, 11:13 GMT

England batsman Owais Shah helped the Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in their opening 2012/13 Big Bash clash at the Gabba.

Shah: Hit three 4s and two 6s in unbeaten 36
Shah: Hit three 4s and two 6s in unbeaten 36

Shah shared a unbroken stand of 95 with man-of-the-match Travis Birt in just 8.4 overs as the visitors got home with an over to spare.

The Heat, who started last season with four consecutive losses, had posted 172-6 in their 20 overs.

Dan Christian (49 off 34 balls) top scored for the hosts while Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera delighted the rather below-par crowd of 14,057 at the Gabba with consecutive "ramp" shots for six and four.

Earlier Doug Bollinger had started the game with a huge wide beating first slip, recalling Steve Harmison's "Shoddyline" opening delivery of the 2006-07 Ashes, while Scott Styris' first ball was a head high beamer sparking Peter Forrest into evasive action.

Hurricane openers Tim Paine (29) and Jonathan Wells (39) put on 50 for the opening wicket in 5.4 overs before Birt (57 not out off 40) and Shah (36 off 23 with two sixes) took over.

There was a big moment of controversy when Birt, on 40, appeared to be caught by Heat 'keeper Chris Hartley.

It appeared the forward-diving Hartley had got his gloves under the ball but the video umpire couldn't be certain and gave not out.

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