Brisbane Heat defeated Melbourne Stars in a Big Bash League match today and the highlight of the match was a stunning, acrobatic save from Max Bryant for Heat. Earlier, in what was a rain-curtailed match, Heat were put in to bat first and they scored 115 runs in 10 overs in an innings that was interrupted multiple times by rain. In the end, the revised target for the Stars was 129 in 10 overs.
The chase began well for the chasing team with Marcus Stoinis looking in top form. However, the regular loss of wickets hurt their chances of chasing the stiff target down dearly. In the end, the Stars reached 110/5 in 10 overs, falling short of the target by 18 runs. Mark Steketee shone for Heat with three wickets. Chris Lynn walked home with the Man of the Match for his 48-run knock in just 23 balls.
Max Bryant leaves batsman, fielders and spectators stunned
On a day when Brisbane Heat was top-notch on the field with excellent catches and stops, Max Bryant produced one of the most incredible saves in BBL history. In the 9th over of the second innings bowled by Lewis Gregory, batsman Nick Larkin went for a lofted shot over deep-midwicket that seemed to be heading for six.
However, Max Bryant timed a perfect leap with one hand to grab it behind his head before having the presence of mind to throw it back in, just as he was about to land past the boundary ropes. The remarkable effort left the spectators as well as the cricketers on the field in disbelief. The save also ensured that the equation to chase down the total got too stiff for Melbourne Stars to chase down.