Christian thrills, Sixers beat Heat in BBL

Murray Wenzel
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Daniel Christian has kept his cool in a manic run chase to guide the Sydney Sixers to a last-ball win over the Brisbane Heat on the Gold Coast to jump back to the top of the BBL ladder.

Chasing 149 and needing 62 off 36 balls, the Sixers improved to better than a run-a-ball as Christian (61 not out off 38) and Daniel Hughes (51 off 35) pounced in the power surge.

But Hughes' dismissal - caught in the deep off the impressive James Bazley (2-17 off three overs) - sparked a collapse of 3-7, leaving Christian needing 11 runs off the final over.

The 37-year-old hit Xavier Barlett's first delivery for six but then refused an easy single off the next ball.

A dot ball off the next delivery swung the game back in the Heat's favour, Jack Wildermuth then dropping a tough chance as Christian added two more runs.

Christian somehow scampered for two to leave them needing one to win off the final ball, before the former Heat all-rounder whipped a full toss over short fine leg to secure a topsy-turvy victory.

Christian's experience playing for 13 different outfits around the world, as well as Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Australia, was evident as he brought up 5,000 career Twenty20 runs during the innings.

"(It feels) awesome; it's the reason I do anything ... I just love winning," he said.

"Dan and I knew we had to settle in there and at least get us to that power surge, that was the key for us.

"I absolutely hate bowling in it (the power surge), so from a batting point of view I've got to try and cash in and make up for it."

The Heat were on top at the midway point thanks to pressure-building spells from Wildermuth (2-26) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-16).

That continued the theme of the night, Chris Lynn (56 off 44) scoring his slowest BBL half-century as the Heat struggled to hit top gear.

West Indian Carlos Brathwaite took four wickets for the Sixers, with Jackson Bird (2-22) and Stephen O'Keefe (0-23) applying the early pressure as only Lewis Gregory (26 off 15) found his groove.

The Sixers took all four points to return to the top of the table, while it was a costly defeat for the Heat who missed a chance to jump to third with a fourth straight win.

"It was nice to contribute there at the end, but it hurts ... it's not our first close one this year," Bazley said.

"We didn't bat as well as we could've tonight but we showed some fight with the ball and really believed towards the end there."