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Sixers Win Qualifier at MCG

31 January 2020

The Sydney Sixers bowled out the Melbourne Stars for 99 to take a 43 run win at the MCG, securing a home Sydney final.

 

The Stars are now set the task of winning the Challenger Final on Thursday evening, against the winner of the Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder game tomorrow night, if they want to have a shot at the title next weekend.

Glenn Maxwell met close mate, but opposing captain for the night in the middle for the bat flip, Moises Henriques, which he won and elected to bowl first.

Haris Rauf and Nathan Coulter-Nile returned to the Stars team for the huge opening final.

Sixers opening pair Josh Philippe and James Vince went to the crease with Daniel Worrall taking the new ball. The game started evenly with the powerplay ending with no wicket and 46 runs on the board.

Adam Zampa took the ball in the seventh as he has done through most of the tournament. On his third ball, he delivered what the Skipper was after, the wicket of James Vince after a brilliant catch by Maddinson in the deep.

 

The returning Rauf caused havoc immediately, dismissing Josh Philippe caught and bowled. The Melbourne weather provided its entertainment when a gust of wind dislodged the bails at the perfect moment, fooling the crowd that Steve Smith knocked over his own stumps. The video replay showed that he was nowhere near them.

Smith and Henriques looked to steady the innings for the Sixers after a couple of wickets fell in quick succession. At the halfway point the score was sitting at 2-77.

Marcus Stoinis took the ball for the first time in BBL|09 and took his first scalp on the final delivery of the 12th over, with Henriques on his way after being caught by Zampa.

Zampa took the all-important wicket of Steve Smith leaving the Sixers at 4-98 in the 13th over. Seb Gotch and the Skipper combined for an epic wicket, dismissing Daniel Hughes for three in the 14th over.

The Stars bowlers put the pressure on in the back half of the innings and kept the Sixers to a respectable 7-142 at the end of their 20 overs. Zampa the highlight, with 3-21 from his 4 overs.

New opening pair Nic Maddinson and Marcus Stoinis were after a solid start with no early damage.

However, Stoinis went in the 3rd over when a slower ball from Ben Dwarshuis got him scooping the ball to Henriques at mid-on. Larkin came and went quickly, after hitting a Sean Abbott delivery to short fine-leg to Stephen O’Keefe.

The Stars finished the powerplay 3-37 with Maddinson and Maxwell at the crease, looking to recover from the early loss of three wickets.

The Stars continued to face uphill battles with Peter Handscomb and Gotch both departing, at the end of the 9th over the men in green were 5-50.

The troubles were nonstop for the home side, as the wickets kept falling and they were never able to build a decent partnership.

Despite a gutsy 25 not out from Clint Hinchliffe, nobody stuck around to bat with him and the Stars were eventually bowled out for 99 runs.

The Stars go through to a home Challenger Final on Thursday evening, against the winner of the Knockout Final tomorrow night where the Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder play each other. The then winner of the Challenger Final on Thursday will go through to the Grand Final to face the Sixers in Sydney next Saturday.

 

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