WHAT HAPPENED? Stars win a close one
The Hobart Hurricanes set a target of 135 in their 20 overs with specialist T20 practitioner Tim Paine, ex-Melbourne Stars player George Bailey and Kiwi stalwart Scott Styris posting the majority of the runs.
Clint McKay, James Faulkner and Lasith Malinga shared the wickets with impressive economy rates while Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney did the job with the bat.
It all came down to the 19th over where Faulkner and Peter Handscomb saw the Stars over the line for their second win of the season and boosted them to equal top of the ladder.
THE HERO: Clint Mackay
McKay's figures of 3/24 saw him earn Man of the Match honours. In a huge bounce back from the previous match, his tight line and length secured him the key scalps of Hurricanes top order batsman; Pointing, Paine and Birt fell victim to him as he led the way restricting the Hurricanes to their lowest score of the season.
Quniey's 35 from 31 also played a huge part in the win along with the ever-impressive Brad Hodge (34).
It came as no surprise Shane Warne chose to bowl first, as all matches so far in the tournament have been won by chasing teams.
THE VILLAIN: Ben Laughlin
Snaring impressive Stars' batting names – Quiney, Hussey and White – Ben Laughlin proved the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers. He finished with figures of 3/14 off 4 overs after weaving a methodical bowling web for the Stars to negotiate.
THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Stars' Final Over
It was a less than desirable end to such an exciting match, with the win coming via an Evan Gulbis no-ball. The previous ball a four from Faulkner tightened the Stars' grasp on the match, but before that point it always seemed in the balance.
THE UPSHOT: Stars into second place on the ladder.
In another win for the Stars - their second on the trot - they cemented their place as BBL|02 title contenders and the rest of the competition will surely stand up and take notice.
The ever-impressive bowling line up coupled with a strong batting outfit sets the Stars as a team for others to be wary of.
Warne's leadership skills have developed beyond belief in the short form of the game and the Melbourne boys can rest easy knowing they're in more than capable hands with the “Spin King" at the helm.
WHERE TO NOW?
The Stars return to the MCG to take on the reigning BBL and T20 Champions League champions, Sydney Sixers in a mouth-watering affair. The Sixers take on the Perth Scorchers at the SCG beforehand, challenging for top of the table bragging rights before entering round three.
A line up of strike bowlers boasting Brett Lee, Mitchell Starc and Moises Henriques will pose a monumental challenge the the Stars' batting attack, but they will face a similar challenge up against the proven Stars pace bowlers.
Is it too early to declare it the match of the tournament?
WHO SAID WHAT?
Man of the Match Clint McKay spoke after the match about the run into round three:
“We bounced back nicely as a bowling group. Once again Malinga and James Faulkner were outstanding and the King Warnie was brilliant in the middle as well.”
“I felt good tonight I felt like the body just gets better and better.”
“It was good to get another win on the board, we're two from three now and hopefully we can come back on Friday night and go three from four. We're always looking to improve and plays as perfect game as we can. Today we may not have but at the end of the day we got over the line and got the points.”
“It sets us up for the rest of the tournament.”