The Melbourne stars outplayed and outclassed the Brisbane Heat in their first match of BBL 10 by beating them by six wickets with 17 balls remaining, Go top of the table after picking up all four points.
Having elected to bat it was quite evident from the get go that the Melbourne stars mean business, having won the toss Glenn Maxwell elected to bowl first, A decision that was backed up by the Stars bowlers with Dilbar Hussain and Nathan Coulter-Nile picking up six wickets in total and Nathan Coulter-Nile picking up a career best of 4-10.
The Brisbane Heat genuinely did’nt seem in control at all with Chris Lynn going down to number 3 to allow the Max Bryant to open. The strategy looked flawed after Sam Heazlett departed early and neither Lynn nor Bryant converted a start. The Brisbane Heat certainly needed to reassess and post a decent total of about 150 to give them a fighting chance and they looked like they were well on their way after a good partnership between Tom Cooper and Jimmy Pierson but after Cooper got bowled by Hussain and Simon Milenko departed on the very next ball the innings went into a downward spiral and the Heat lost 6 wickets for 20 runs posting a measly total of 125/10.
Chasing 126 the Melbourne Stars did not make the best of the starts loosing both their openers within the 4 over powerplay, Glenn Maxwell steadied the ship looking really commanding and at his aggressive best, He announced himself onto the crease with a huge six over cow corner of the bowling of the Left arm leggie Matthew Kuhnemann and reaserted his domination after a perfectly timed leg glance of the bowling of Ben Laughlin, By the time Maxwell was bowled by Wood it was too little too late for the Heat, Next up for the Heat is a mathcup on monday against the Thunder and coincidently the Stars also face the same opponent in the early match on the 12th.
Venue – Manuka Oval
Result – Melbourne Stars win by Six Wickets
Man Of The Match – Nathan Coulter-Nile