Up and coming Victorian quick Brody Couch (2-29) took charge early, taking two wickets while Afghan international spinner Qais Ahmad also starred under pressure with two essential wickets holding the Thunder 5-151 at the break of innings.
Chasing 152, the Stars lost Clarke and Larkin early before Marcus Stoinis (31) and Glenn Maxwell (40) put on a 71-run stand coming in quick time. The Stars secured the Bash Boost in the ninth over before losing both Stoinis and Maxwell in successive balls.
It was international megastar Andre Russell (42 off 21 balls) and Hilton Cartwright’s (23 from 13) power-hitting that propelled the Melbourne Stars to their second victory of BBL|11 with 17 balls remaining.
The Melbourne Stars 4-155 defeat the Sydney Thunder 5-151 by six wickets.
Andre Russell's second game in green saw him dominate at the Sydney Showground Stadium, finishing with a brutal strike rate of 200.
Hitting five sixes, Russell’s unbeaten 42 from 21 balls proved to be the difference in the match as the Stars put on a show for Sydney.
The Melbourne Stars called the power surge in the 14th over with Andre Russell and Hilton Cartwright at the crease and had instant success, taking 20 off the Daniel Sams over.
In a widely debated decision, Rusell walked on thin ice after Daniel Sams' acrobatic effort in the deep to parry a catch back to his teammate but in the process narrowly tip-toed on the rope.
This ball:— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 12, 2021
- Sams takes a brilliant catch
- Flings it back in to Green who completes it
- But Sams believes he touched the rope
- Is reviewed with an out (??) soft signal
- But is given not out
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