Chris Lynn was once again the star attraction in the Big Bash League as his blistering 88 not out propelled Brisbane Heat to a dominant 31-run win at Hobart Hurricanes.

Lynn hit 11 fours in his 55-ball innings along with three sixes, having pledged to donate 250 Australian dollars towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal for each maximum he hits during this year's tournament.

The Heat skipper was ably supported by opener Max Bryant, who provided a similarly uncompromising 65 from 36 deliveries at the top of the order.

With that 95-run stand for the second wicket having left Brisbane well placed after midway, Australia internationals Matt Renshaw (30) and Ben Cutting (18 not out) supplied breezy cameos alongside Lynn to post an imposing 212-3.

A brisk 46-run stand for the opening partnership between D'Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell fired Hobart hopes but they were playing an increasingly difficult game of catch-up after the halfway point of the innings as wickets fell regularly to stifle momentum.

The Hurricanes completed their allocation on 181-9, with the wickets shared around for Brisbane.

Medium pacers Mark Steketee and Jack Prestwidge took 2-29 and 2-16 respectively as the Heat bounced back impressively from being skittled for 109 by Perth Scorchers last time out.

They move up to fifth in the table as one of three teams on four points – a cluster completed by Hobart in seventh.

LYNNSANITY REIGNS

Man-of-the-match Lynn demanded a response after the thrashing against Perth and led from the front. This was his 33rd half-century in a format in which he thrives.

Following his 94 versus Sydney Sixers, the 29-year-old now has the two highest individual scores in this season's BBL.

FAULKNER INJURY HURTS HOBART

The Hurricanes attempts to restrict a rampant Brisbane battling line-up were compromised by James Faulkner limping off the field after bowling only half of his overs.

Why the all-rounder was then sent out to bat with a runner and face the final ball of the innings with 32 required is anyone's guess.

TWENTIES LEAVE HURRICANES ROARING WITH FRUSTRATION

In contrast to the substantive innings provided by Lynn and Bryant, Hobart's batsmen repeatedly threw things away after getting starts.

Six were dismissed between 23 and 28, including each member of the top five, without going on.

Big Bash League stars Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn will donate to the bushfire appeal in Australia for every six they hit this season.

Bushfires are raging across Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria greatly affected.

The nation's sportspeople are rallying to help those impacted, with Brisbane Heat star Lynn and the Melbourne Stars' Maxwell offering their help.

"Hey guys, for every six I hit in this year's Big Bash League I will donate $250 towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal," Lynn wrote on Twitter on Friday.

"It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives and properties around our country."

Maxwell wrote: "Love it Lynny!! I'll match you on $250 per six I hit in this year's BBL.

"Great cause which is helping so many people around the country who are doing it tough right now."

Maxwell and Lynn are two of the BBL's biggest hitters and have tallied nine and 12 sixes respectively so far this season.

It comes as tennis star Nick Kyrgios vowed to donate 200 Australian dollars for every ace he hits during the summer Down Under.

Illawarra Hawks star LaMelo Ball, meanwhile, pledged to donate a month of his NBL salary to help victims.

Chris Lynn bludgeoned a rapid 94 as Brisbane Heat got up and running in the Big Bash League with a 48-run drubbing of Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Sunday.

The Heat were in need of a lift after losing their opening two matches and captain Lynn ignited their campaign with a brutal knock, smashing 11 of the 35 balls he faced for six and hitting a further four boundaries.

Lynn's innings inspired Brisbane to their joint-highest score in Big Bash history, while Matt Renshaw struck an unbeaten 60 from 39 deliveries in an imposing total of 209-4, which proved to be more than enough.

Mitchell Swepson took 2-27 in an impressive all-round display from Darren Lehmann's side, James Vince top scoring for the Sixers with 39 as they suffered a second defeat from three matches.

Sydney could only post 161-7 in their run chase, the Heat bowling with good discipline and variation in a comfortable win.

 

LETHAL LYNN LEAVES SIXERS SHELLSHOCKED

Lynn produced a masterclass of clean striking, putting the Sixers attack to the sword after arriving at the crease when Sean Abbott removed Max Bryant with his first ball in the second over.

The Brisbane captain fell for single figures in his first two knocks of the 2019-20 Big Bash but flexed his muscles in an extraordinary knock.

Lynn was relentless, keeping the crowd on their toes with a barrage of huge sixes, hitting straight down the ground and to leg, reaching his half-century off only 20 balls with a massive maximum off Tom Curran.

He holed out to Ben Manenti attempting to reach his century with another six, but Renshaw dished out more punishment, hitting three maximums to get the Heat over the 200 mark.

 

SIXERS STUTTER IN REPLY

Renshaw was not finished yet, bowling Daniel Hughes in the second over, and the Sixers were 61-2 in the ninth over when Zahir Khan had the dangerous Josh Philippe stumped.

Vince showed his class with a brisk 39 before falling to Swepson and Moises Henriques clattered Ben Cutting onto the roof prior to top-edging Ben Laughlin to wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson.

Swepson had his second wicket when Curran's attempted ramp went straight to Lynn at short man, leaving Sydney 100-5 in the 14th over.

 

BRISBANE KEEP THE HEAT ON

The Heat attack continued to bowl with excellent variation, keeping the run rate down as the wickets carried on tumbling.

Abbott made an unbeaten 22 in a late cameo, but the game was long since over with the Sixers falling well short of their target.

Ajinkya Rahane has been traded to Delhi Capitals while Kolkata Knight Riders have released Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn ahead of the next Indian Premier League auction.

Batsman Rahane is Rajasthan Royals' most-capped player and scored 393 runs at an average of 32.75 in the 2019 campaign, including 105 not out against his new team.

As part of the deal, the Capitals have agreed to send leg-spinners Mayank Markande - who had only joined Delhi from Mumbai Indians in July - and Rahul Tewatia in the opposite direction.

Rahane is the second high-profile India international to arrive at Delhi during the off-season, with the franchise having previously completed a trade to bring in spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from Kings XI Punjab.

Uthappa and Lynn, meanwhile, will be in the auction pool after the two batsmen were among a list of 11 names to be released by the Knight Riders, along with England international Joe Denly and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, announced the departure of 12 players, with the cuts leaving Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers as the only overseas players on their roster.

Less than a year after he was purchased for 720Lakhs (£800,000), England all-rounder Sam Curran has been released by Kings XI, while international team-mates Sam Billings and David Willey were not retained by Chennai Super Kings.

The auction for the 2020 season takes place on December 19.

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