The Game at a Glance
The Stars started strong at the SCG. Glenn Maxwell won the toss and chose to field, a decision which paid off almost instantly as Adam Zampa struck with the second delivery of the innings to remove Jack Edwards for 4 runs. The 9 Sixers wickets were shared amongst the Stars bowlers; Jackson Coleman finished the best figures of 3-18 off just 18 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane continued to impress with two big wickets of Daniel Hughes and Tom Curran. The two wickets saw him become the leading wicket-taker in the BBL with 7 overall.
With a target of 131 set for the win, Peter Handscomb made an incredible return to BBL cricket. After losing a wicket early, Handscomb led the Stars to victory with 70 runs off just 35 deliveries.
With the Ball
The Stars got off to a great start with Adam Zampa snagging the wicket of Jack Edwards who was stumped by returning star Peter Handscomb. The next wicket came two overs later with DJ Bravo catching Joe Denly out just as he began to gain momentum. Captain Glenn Maxwell had a great day in the field, with two superb catches in the deep and his own wicket.
Nepalese hero Sandeep Lamichhane became the leading wicket-taker in the BBL; his two big wickets of Daniel Hughes and Tom Curran saw him climb to the top of the leaderboard with 7 wickets for the season.
The wickets were spread evenly amongst the bowlers, with Zampa and Maxwell finishing with 1 each, while Bravo and Lamichhane ended their spells with 2 wickets apiece. Fast bowler Jackson Coleman was the best of the bowlers and finished with figures of 3-18 after 3 overs.
The Sixers ended their innings at 9-130.
With the Bat
After losing a wicket early, Peter Handscomb made a triumphant return to the BBL. A lucky break for the Stars saw Handscomb dropped on 57 by Sixers captain Moises Henriques. Handscomb led the way with 70 runs off 35 balls, including 9 fours and 3 sixes, before Moises Henriques corrected his error and caught Handscomb as he tried to loft one over the off-side.
The Stars finished the job with some great cameo performances by young gun Nick Larkin, Marcus Stoinis and DJ Bravo, who all scored quick-fire totals of 20, 10 and 9 respectively. Evan Gulbis sealed the deal with a 4 to win the match.
Who’s up next?
After 3 matches on the road, the Stars finally come home to the MCG! We take on the unbeaten Renegades in the NYD Derby double header!