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Sixers allrounder Sean Abbott has left cricket fans speechless with a moment of magic that capped off an incredible man-of-the-match display against Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash.
Abbott (37no) and Ben Dwarshuis (23no) shared an unbeaten 59-run partnership to guide their side to a final-ball victory at the SCG on Wednesday.
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That came after the Sixers star also took four wickets with ball in hand as well as snaffling many have described as the 'catch of the summer'.
Fox Cricket pundit Brett Lee likened Abbott to Superman after the Sixers star threw himself sideways to take an absolute screamer of a catch to remove Heat danger man Chris Lynn.
Abbott, stationed at extra cover, flung himself to the right and the well-struck ball somehow lodged in his outstretched hand.
The extraordinary moment left viewers in a state of disbelief.
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 29, 2021
That Sean Abbott #sixers catch tonight is the best I’ve ever seen in cricket
— Lewis Willoughby (@LewieWilloughby) December 29, 2021
Take a bow Sean Abbott 😍❤️.
What a stunning win... Unbelievable #BBL11
— ss49 (@sourabh_49) December 29, 2021
4/31 with the ball
37(43)* with the bat
Stunning catch in the field
From being struggling at 35-7, Sydney Sixers have pulled off an amazing victory against Brisbane Heat courtesy All-round brilliance by Sean Abbott!👏🏻🔥💯#BBL11 pic.twitter.com/VqXWEZEp6h
— Sʏᴇᴅ Sʜᴀʀɪϙ Hᴜssᴀɪɴ (@ShariqHussain_) December 29, 2021
Sydney Sixers wins a thriller after losing 8 wickets for 47 runs.
Masterclass from Sean Abbott 🔥🔥. He took 4 wickets and scored 37 runs and also took an amazing catch to dismiss Chris Lynn.#BBL pic.twitter.com/PJyjXaoNFZ
— 🏏 ⚽Aniruddh 🎾 (@Chelsforlife11) December 29, 2021
Sean Abbott just took one of the catches of the decade at the SCG #BBL11
— Dan-yule Brettig 🎄 (@danbrettig) December 29, 2021
Sean Abbott what a grab!!!
Catch of the summer!!!#bigbash
— james brault (@braulty2) December 29, 2021
The Heat crashed to 4-21 before scrapping together a total of 105 from 19.1 overs thanks to X-factor substitute Jack Wildermuth's 27.
Unmitigated chaos unfolded as the Sixers collapsed to 7-35 after nine overs.
The men in magenta slipped to 8-47 before the match turned on its head yet again thanks to the late heroics from Abbott and Dwarshuis.
Abbott, who earlier removed Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett, Max Bryant and Wildermuth to finish with 4-31, broke his bat in a frenetic final over.
The fast-bowling allrounder danced down the pitch and flicked the last delivery of the match off his pads, bringing up the winning runs and earning man-of-the-match honours.
Sean Abbott guides Sixers to incredible win
"When it went past midwicket, I carried on like a bit of a nuffie," Abbott said.
"To be in that situation and get home for the win, it's an unbelievable feeling.
"Benny Dwarshuis came in and took all the pressure off, he batted really well."
Abbott recalled welcoming Dwarshuis to the middle with some simple words.
"I said 'mate, we've made the mistake of trying to hit too square and not playing it late enough'," Abbott said.
"Take it deep and try to create a bit of panic.
"It was a tough wicket to bat on."
The Sixers' powersurge, taken after 14 overs, proved decisive on Wednesday night.
The hosts' victory equation blew out to 54 runs off 34 deliveries before Abbott seized momentum, clearing his front leg and clattering a pair of sixes to make it 24 runs from the final four overs.
The result lifted the Sixers, hunting a third straight title, to top spot on the table while ruining Brisbane's hopes of setting a new benchmark for the lowest BBL total ever successfully defended.
Abbott was on a hat-trick when his lbw shout was turned down in the 10th over.
Otherwise, the BBL's all-time leading wicket-taker had the Midas touch as the Sixers made it six wins from seven games this season.
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