The Game at a Glance
The Stars lost the bat flip and were sent in to bat by the Sydney Sixers, a decision that paid off instantly for the Stars as Marcus Stoinis smashed 16 off the first over. Stoinis and Handscomb both got good starts and reached 34 and 35 respectively before both were caught in the in field looking to fins the boundary. Glenn Maxwell was the star of the show, putting on a batting masterclass as he posted 82 runs off 43 balls to top-score for the Stars and set a target of 168 for the win
The Sixers got off to a shaky start and the wickets kept coming, as the men in magenta suddenly found themselves 7-50 in the ninth over. Dwayne Bravo took two spectacular catches to dismiss Josh Philippe and James Vince. Glenn Maxwell continued his ripper form in the bowling innings, snagging the wicket of Sixers skipper Moises Henriques and also taking two incredible catches at first slip. Nepalese sensation Sandeep Lamichhane finished with best figures of 3-11, and ran out Nathan Lyon in spectacular fashion.
With the Bat
Marcus Stoinis wasted no time finding the boundary and scored 4 fours in the first over alone! He raced to 34 before he mishit a Tom Curran delivery, ending his innings. Ben Dunk fell cheaply, only managed one run before he was caught in the deep trying to find the rope. It was up to Stars veteran Peter Handscomb and skipper Glenn Maxwell to see the Stars to a competitive total. The two batters showed their experience in the middle overs, with tight running between wickets keeping the scoreboard ticking. Unfortunately Peter Handscomb was caught by James Vince just as he looked settled, departing for 35 runs off 34 balls. But it was Glenn Maxwell who stood tall with an incredible captain’s knock! He finished with 82 runs off 43 balls, including 4 fours and a whopping 6 sixes!
With the Ball
Jackson Bird struck in his first over, removing the in-form Josh Philippe for just 9 runs. Daniel Hughes and James Vince looked dangerous, until Vince chipped a Worrall delivery straight to Dwayne Bravo, giving DJ his second catch of the day. Suddenly, the Sixers were 2-25 after 3 overs. And the wickets kept tumbling for the Sixers, and after 9 overs, they found themselves at 7-50. 3 overs and a spectacular run-out later, the Sixers were 9-67, and lost the final wicket of Pope with 6 overs still to bat. After his incredible knock, the skipper also took the wicket of Sixers captain, Moises Henriques. Sandeep Lamichhane finished with best figures of 3-11 plus the run out of Nathan Lyon. Both Zampa and Worrall finished with two wickets each, while Maxwell and Bird each snagged one.
We’re off to Hobart to take on the Hurricanes for a spot in the final!