'Superman' Abbott snatches catch, BBL win

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  • Sean Abbott
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Sean Abbott starred with bat, ball and in the field to help Sydney Sixers complete one of the most remarkable victories in BBL history, a tense two-wicket win over Brisbane Heat at the SCG.

The Heat, reeling from a spectacular one-handed "Superman" catch from Abbott, 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.

Abbott (37no) and Ben Dwarshuis (23no) shared an unbeaten 59-run partnership to shepherd their side to a final-ball victory.

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.

"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.

"Credit to Sean and Benny. They batted really well under pressure," Wildermuth said, having snared 2-18 after topscoring for the visitors.

"It's disappointing, getting so close.

"I'm really proud of the boys ... to come out and show some real fight. We can take a lot of confidence from that."

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.

Especially when clutching the catch that prompted Fox Cricket pundit Brett Lee to liken him to Superman.

Abbott, stationed at extra cover, flung himself to the right and the well-struck ball somehow lodged in his outstretched hand.

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