The Game at a Glance
After the Heat won the toss and sent the Stars into bat, Marcus Stoinis was the hero of the Stars batting innings, his valiant effort of 81 off 51 desperately needed as he saw 5 batting partners come and go. Handscomb and Maxwell failed to make double figures, while Dunk, Gotch and Maddinson also fell relatively cheaply for 14, 11 and 12 respectively. Dwayne Bravo made a handy cameo towards the final overs, scoring the second-highest total for the Stars with 21 off 16 balls, including a six in the final over. Stoinis scored 9 of the Stars 15 boundaries and saw the team set a target of 157 for the Heat to chase.
The Heat proved unstoppable in their batting innings. Bryant and Cutting combined for an impeccable opening partnership, and saw the Heat to their 6th win of BBL|08.
Dwayne Bravo finished with the best figures for the Stars, with 0-15.
With the Bat
Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk got the Stars off to a great start, and some power hitting from none other than Stoinis saw the Stars rocket to a run rate of 10 in the powerplay. However, the incredible run rate came at a price, the Stars losing three early and important wickets of Dunk, Handscomb and Maxwell. Handscomb and Maxwell could only manage single figures before they were dismissed for 1 and 5 respectively. Maddinson and Gotch proved good batting partners for Stoinis as he continued his incredible form, eventually scoring 81 of 51 balls before he was run out by Alex Ross. Dwayne Bravo made his mark on the scoreboard with a handy 21 off 16, seeing the Stars to a total of 8-156.
With the Ball
Max Bryant and Ben Cutting got off to a flyer and made no signs that they were slowing down. Despite some terrific bowling from Nepalese sensation Sandeep Lamichhane, the Heat made quick work of the total set, and chased down the 157 needed to win with 10 wickets to spare.