The Game at a Glance
The Stars won the toss at Optus Stadium and sent the Scorchers in to bat. The Scorchers put together some impressive partnerships, with veteran Michael Klinger scoring 30 off 31 in his final BBL innings. The Stars only managed one wicket in the powerplay, removing the in-form Josh Inglis for 26 runs in the last over. Jackson Bird finished with best figures of 1-25, while Adam Zampa and Liam Plunkett also claimed the wickets of Ashton Turner and Liam Plunkett respectively. The Scorchers finished on 3-182 off their 20 overs.
The Stars got off to a shaky start, losing the wickets of Dunk and Handscomb in the early overs. It was up to the in-form Stoinis and Stars captain Maxwell to stand tall, and stand tall they did. The pair brought up their 100-run partnership off 67 balls in the 14th over. Maxwell had a fantastic innings, scoring 61 off 40 before he was caught in the deep, and Stoinis unfortunately followed a few balls after, dismissed on 49 runs and falling just short of his half-century. Nic Maddinson showed plenty of fight as he came to the crease, hitting one the biggest sixes in the competition thus far. But it wasn't enough to get the Stars over the line, and after an incredible run chase the guys in green fell short by 27 runs.
With the Ball
The Scorchers got off to a good start in the powerplay, scoring 47 before Jackson Bird broke through with the first wicket of the night, removing Josh Inglis who was caught by Maxwell for 26 runs. Veteran Michael Klinger stood tall with a great effort of 30 off 31 balls before he was dismissed, ending his final BBL innings. Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner then combined for an important partnership. Turner was uncharacteristically dropped on 41 by Glenn Maxwell, before the Stars skipper redeemed himself in the 19th over, finally dismissing him for 69. Jackson Bird, Adam Zampa and Liam Plunkett all took a wicket each, and Bird finished with the Stars best figures of 1-25 off his spell. The Scorchers set the Stars a target of 183 runs for the win.
With the Bat
It was a controversial start to the Stars batting innings. The third umpire deemed that Ben Dunk was out, caught by Nick Hobson after an extended video review, leaving the Stars on 1-9 in the second over. Peter Handscomb followed soon after, managing only 2 runs off 9 balls before he was caught by Marsh, giving Nathan Coulter-Nile his second wicket in as many overs. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were then given the task of steadying the ship, and the two superstars led the way in the Stars run chase. Their timely boundaries and overall outstanding batting effort saw the pair bring up their 100-run partnership on the last ball of the 14th over. Maxwell reached his half-century and made 61 off 40 before he was caught in the deep, and Stoinis followed a few balls later, falling an agonizing 1 run short of a half-century. Nic Maddinson came to the crease and showed plenty of fight, hitting one of the biggest sixes of the competition. Seb Gotch also starred in the final overs, finishing with a quick-fire 16 off 8. But after a few quick wickets, the late surge of runs wasn't enough to reach the target, and the Stars fell short by 27 runs.