The Brisbane Heat have leapfrogged the Perth Scorchers into top position thanks to an astonishing innings from Chris Lynn.
Chasing 174 for victory, the Heat won by nine wickets with more than five overs to spare, with Lynn smashing an unbeaten 98 off just 49 balls.
The stunning knock included a record equaling 11 sixes and three fours.
Lynn’s innings was simply staggering to watch and received praise from every corner of the cricketing world. Remarkably, in his last two BBL innings, Lynn has hit more sixes than the Renegades and Stars have hit for the entire tournament combined so far.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 5, 2017
— Tim Ludeman (@tludey) January 5, 2017
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) January 5, 2017
This is actually ridiculous. Can I make it clear, hitting the ball like this so consistently is hard to fathom even for the pros #BBL06
— Ed Cowan (@eddiecowan) January 5, 2017
The 27-year-old has scored 309 runs from just 174 balls so far this tournament, at an average of 154.5 and a strike rate of 177, having only been dismissed twice in five innings.
Brendon McCullum, for one of the first time in his careers, played second fiddle, but still managed a quick fire 50 from 31 balls. Jimmy Pierson was the only man to be dismissed, removed for 18 from nine balls.
The Heat finished on 1-174 from just 14.4 overs, scoring at a run rate of just over 12 an over, which makes us wonder what staggering score they would have reached had they batted first.
However, the innings was not without controversy, with McCullum appearing to glove a ball down the leg side to the keeper when the score was 1-65
Earlier, the Scorchers finished on 6-173 from their 20 overs, with Mitch Marsh continuing his good form with the bat, scoring 70 from 41 balls, while older brother Shaun, scored a run ball 32.
3. Chris Lynn (Heat)
A deserved three votes for a man who played arguably one of the best T20 innings we have ever seen, hitting six after six after six. An absolute marvel to watch.
2. Brendon McCullum (Heat)
Scored a brilliant half-century in his own right off just 31 balls, but was overshadowed by Lynn.
- Mitch Marsh (Scorchers)