Bulls hang on to claim first Big Bash win
The Queensland Bulls bowled and fielded marvelously to beat the Tasmania Tigers by 9 runs in a low scoring affair at the Gabba to claim their first KFC Big Bash win of the season.
Faced with a run chase of just 154 runs the Tigers started their innings as favorites but the Bulls worked well in the field to keep the Tigers at bay.
The Tigers lost opener Rhett Lockyear (3) in just the second over with Ryan Harris picking up the wicket before Tim Paine and Alex Doolan started the recovery for the Tigers.
Their partnership of 29 runs got the Tassie's back on track before Paine was run out in the forth over, Doolan followed soon after to leave the visitors 49-3.
Another run out turned the course of the game at a time when the Bulls were starting to feel their total wasn't enough. Michael Dighton and John Rogers had steered the Tigers passed 100 when Nathan Rimmington struck to run out Dighton for 24 at the non strikers end.
Rogers (24) was bowled by Harris from the very next ball to leave the stunned Tigers 107-6. Naved-ul-Hasan (4) and Brendan Drew (0) were dismissed in the next over as the Bulls marched towards victory.
Earlier, it was the turn of the Bulls to be blown away by the Tiogers bowlers as Brett Geeves who took 4 wickets in the space of 5 balls to set the Tasmanian Tigers a total of 154 to chase for victory at the Gabba.
Geeves struck in the 12th over to remove Craig Philipson, Andrew Symnonds and Ryan Harris to claim his first Twenty20 hat trick and leave the Bulls 105-6. He returned an over later to remove Chris Simpson with his second ball to put the Tigers well and truly on top.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat the Bulls didn't get off to the best start losing opener Nathan Reardon for 4 before James Hope and Lee Carseldine shared a partnership of 66 to put the Bulls on course for a total of around 175.
After Hopes was caught at long on by Naved-ul-Hasan off the bowling of Brendan Drew for 50 Carseldine soon followed to leave the Bulls 85-3. With another 10 overs to go the Bulls were still on top but that all changed when Geeves struck.
The Bulls tried to recover but lost wickets at regular intervals to leave the Tigers needing 154 for victory.