The Game at a Glance
Adam Zampa and Nepalese debutant Sandeep Lamichhane combined early in the innings to dismiss four Sydney Thunder batsmen. Lamichhane took his two wickets for the match in his first over in BBL cricket, even scalping the Thunder captain, Shane Watson. Dwayne Bravo also contributed with some low-scoring overs and a wicket of his own in his first appearance with the Stars. The Thunder batted well and sent the Stars in to chase with a target of 182 runs.
A rain delay halted the Stars just as they began their innings, and eventually the Stars were given a revised total of 90 runs to chase off 8 overs.
Wickets fell quickly for the Stars in slippery conditions, and the Stars finished the 8 overs with a total of 74, 16 runs short of the target despite a great cameo of 28 not out by replacement player Nick Larkin.
With the Ball
It was a night for the spinners at Manuka Oval, with both Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane striking early in the innings. Zampa clean bowled Thunder opener Jos Buttler for 20 runs just as he started to look dangerous.
Lamichhane took the wickets of Thunder Captain Shane Watson and Callum Ferguson in his first over in the BBL. Watson was dismissed with a great catch by BBL debutant Nick Larkin, and Ferguson bunted one back to Lamichhane to be dismissed caught and bowled.
Dwayne Bravo also contributed with some low-scoring overs, snagging the wicket of Daniel Sams in his last over.
The Sydney Thunder batting was all class, and they set the Stars a target of 182 to chase.
With the Bat
After just 3 balls in the Stars batting innings, the heavens opened at Manuka Oval and the players were sent off the ground as rain delayed play. After a significant delay the Stars were given a revised total, and the new target became 90 runs off 8 overs.
Ben Dunk and Travis Dean both fell quickly to McAndrews and Sams respectively, leaving the Stars on 2-14 in the 3rd over and with new captain Glenn Maxwell and big hitter Marcus Stoinis at the crease. Maxwell didn’t have the best start to his BBL season and was dismissed by Sams without scoring. Stoinis quickly followed after being caught by the boundary for 2.
Nick Larkin proved the best of the Stars batsmen, top scoring with 28 not out including 2 boundaries off the last over.
The wickets fell quickly for the Stars after that, and we finished the 8 overs with a total of 74
We’re off to Blundstone Arena in Hobart next to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Christmas Eve. The guys in green will be raring to bounce back hard for Team Green!