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Tigers set daunting target for Bulls

Table-topping Tasmania has made 8-174 in its KFC Twenty20 Big Bash encounter against winless Queensland at the Gabba.

Having won the toss and elected bat first, the Tigers bounded past 100 thanks to a third-wicket stand between Luke Butterworth (36 off 34 balls) and Travis Birt worth 64.

But three wickets from off spinner Aaron Nye and two from Lee Carseldine stunted their progress from 2-101 to 7-131.

Power hitter Brett Geeves crashed 19 off 11 balls and Brendan Drew's unbeaten 19 off 10 included two sixes off Carseldine's final two deliveries.

Queensland quick Grant Sullivan accounted for dangerous opener Rhett Lockyear (24 off 12 balls) and top order partner Michael Dighton in his opening overs.

Sullivan's 2-36 was his best-ever Twenty20 bowling return.

Shane Watson's introduction slowed the visitor's progress, the Australia one-day player leaking just two runs in his first over.

Bulls fans feared the worst when Watson dropped Birt on 16 - his second grounded catch of the night - but 'Watto' quickly made amends by snapping up Butterworth in the deep with Nye then having Birt stumped the next delivery.

Nye finished with 3-28 after dispatching George Bailey for two.

All-rounder Carseldine (2-36) struck twice in his first over to dismiss Dane Anderson and skipper Dan Marsh as Tasmania's innings started to unravel.

Geeves' skewed effort was taken by delighted captain Jimmy Maher at mid-on before Drew and Xavier Doherty added 18 off the final over to give the Tigers' score a better feel.

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