The Melbourne Stars emerged victorious on a sunny Saturday morning against a well drilled side in Sydney Thunder, Cameos from Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis steal the show, helps Stars go top.
Batting first the Melbourne Stars started off on the front foot, Accumulating 41 runs within the powerplay the highest score so far this season, Marcus Stoinis looking in full flow taking opposition spinners Chris Green and Jon Cook to the cleaners getting 16 and 17 runs of their overs respectively.
Shortly after Andre Fletcher was dismissed by a ripper from debutant Tanveer Sangha caught in front of the stumps, And surprise surprise in came Glenn Maxwell bashing the ball like nevcer before, hitting it out of the park left right and centre, Racing to a score of 92/1 after ten overs the Stars looked in the driving seat,Marcus Stoinis also looked set for a century when he was caught by Daniel Sams in the deep, And thus started the period of consolidation from the Sydney Thunder bogging down the Stars lineup with their spin battery and building up dots in the process, The last ten overs of the first innings yielded only 78 runs with momentum swaying towards the Thunder.
The Sydney Thunder started their innings with intent hitting a couple of boundaries in the first over with Alex Hales looking in prime form and Usman Khawaja providing support till being given out wrongly, DRS anyone? But this wicket came at a price, Dilbar Hussain going of the field after suffering a hamstring injury. With Stars short of a bowler they were expected to struggle but Hilton Cartwright stepped in as Maxwell’s knight in shining armor bowling a very decent three over spell and picking up a couple of wickets in the process, By the time the new arrival Ben Cutting arrived to the crease it was already too late with the required rate touching 13 and once Alex Ross got out the victory was all but sealed for the Melbourne Stars, Courtesy of also winning the Bash Boost the Stars go top of the table.
Result : Stars win by 22 runs
Venue : Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Man of the Match : Adam Zampa