Hobart allrounder Dan Christian has belted his former Brisbane teammates out of the Gabba – and probably the Big Bash League – on Tuesday.
Christian smashed an unbeaten 56 off just 24 balls – including a massive 117m six which landed on the Gabba roof – to lift the Hurricanes to 4-194 in their 20 overs.
Heat skipper Chris Lynn smashed 101 off just 51 balls in reply to give the hosts hope of a first victory in this summer’s tournament.
But Lynn’s dismissal with 16 balls remaining silenced the massive crowd of 29,876 as the winless Heat collapsed to finish 9-176.
Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, a teammate of Lynn in Queensland’s state team, was the man who picked up the vital breakthrough on his way to impressive figures of 2-22 off four overs.
The loss means the Heat must win all four of their remaining matches to even have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Earlier, Christian’s free-wheeling knock came after West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree fired for the first time this summer for the Heat.
Badree removed Hurricanes openers Ben Dunk (27) and Tim Paine (25) as the visitors battled to 4-129 off 15 overs.
Christian, who played a leading role in the field during the Hurricanes’ win over the Heat in Hobart last week, teed off in the 19th over.
The 32-year-old smashed three sixes of Luke Feldman’s (1-53) final over, including a giant hit to cow corner which not only cleared the fence but also the stands.