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Mujeeb spin in vain as Hobart win in BBL

A sensational five-wicket haul from Afghan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been undone by a dramatic last-ball Big Bash League defeat for Brisbane against Hobart.

Mujeeb picked up the best figures ever by a Heat bowler – and the fourth best in BBL history – by taking 5-15 off his four overs at the Gabba as Brisbane dismissed Hobart for 150.

But his efforts were in vain as the Heat finished on 8-149 off their 20 overs with Mark Steketee run out off the final ball chasing a tying score which would have forced the game into a super over.

Steketee appeared to make his ground before his bat lifted up into the air as Colin Ingram’s throw hit the stumps but the third umpire deemed his bat was grounded before the line and gave him out.

The dramatic finish left second gamer James Bazley stranded on 49 not out after he appeared to have guided the Heat to victory following a disastrous start as they slumped to 3-8 early in their chase.

Riley Meredith was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, claiming 3-21 off his four overs while Scott Boland (2-18) was the man who delivered the crucial final over when the Heat needed seven to win.

The first Twenty20 five-wicket haul in 19-year-old Mujeeb’s career eclipses West Indian Samuel Badree’s 5-22 against Melbourne Stars in 2016 as the best bowling by a Heat player.

It is also the best return in the BBL since Dan Christian took 5-14 for the Hurricanes against Adelaide in 2017.

Mujeeb’s performance, including the prized wicket of English recruit Dawid Malan, was capped by a remarkable 19th over.

The teenager caught and bowled West Indian Keemo Paul off his first delivery, then bowled Wil Parker and Scott Boland off his third and fourth balls.

The only run conceded in Mujeeb’s three-wicket over was a wide off the second ball.

Singapore international Tim David provided some late fireworks, belting three sixes in his 17-ball 36 before being bowled by impressive young Heat quick Xavier Bartlett (2-22).

English all-rounder Lewis Gregory had been the hero of Sunday night’s four-wicket win over the Hurricanes, when he took three wickets on his Heat debut.

It was a different evening with the ball for the 28-year-old this time however, conceding 38 runs off his three wicketless overs which included an embarrassing no-ball when he slipped at the bowling crease.

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