Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Thunder by three wickets and once again raised to the top of the BBL table. According to the Big Bash T20 League schedule 2020 – The 19th match contested between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunders at Sydney Showground. Nick Larkin named as player of the game for his first half-century of the tournament and the only partnership formed with Stoinis that helped the Stars to chase down the target. Stars made a single change in their playing XI by replacing Daniel Worral with Haris Rauf.
The replacement of Haris Rauf once again shuttered the batting line by taking three wickets in his four overs bowling spell. While chasing down the entire Melbourne Stars batting line poorly collapsed but still managed to beat Thunders. In the chase of 143 runs, Melbourne Stars have required 20 fields from 23 balls with nine wickets in hand. The batting line shuttered in next three overs as Stars lost six wickets within the matter of last three overs.
Hari Rauf made an incredible return to the BBL after taking fifth in the early game; he made a strong comeback by taking three wickets and conceded 24 runs. Haris Rauf’s rapid bowling spell and three wickets in no time-restricted Sydney Thunder to 142 scores otherwise partnership was going well. Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja bowled out by Glenn Maxwell in first two overs of his bowling spell.
Nick Larkin named as the player of the match as he formed a partnership of 122 runs with Marcus Stonis. His outstanding batting innings of 65 runs from 45 balls with eight boundaries and single maximum. Even though the wickets collapsed in the end, his partnership formed solid grounds of chasing the total. Daniel Sams picked up three wickets in the first half of the game.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Squad
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes, Alex Ross, Chris Morris. Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Ben Dunk. Clint Hinchliffe, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa, Dale Steyn, Haris Rauf
BBL 9 Match 19 Results – 1st Innings
Sydney Thunders won the toss and decided to bat first at rough batting surface, Glenn Maxwell magic bowling spell got early rid of opening pair. Alex Hales went for a duck in very first over and Khawaja in the next above. In the first batting innings, Thunder’s skipper Callum Ferguson scored just 19 runs off 22 balls and got a ripper by Rauf. After the dismissal of the third wicket, Alex Ross played the best innings of BBL 9 so far.
Melbourne Stars lost two wickets in the 16th, 17th and 19th over of the game. Daniel Sams got three wickets in his four overs bowling spell with a single maiden overs. Chris Morris and Nathan McAndrew got two wickets each in the four overs bowling spell. Morris got two crucial wickets of the strong partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin.
Alex Hales 0 (3), Usman Khawaja 1 (2), Callum Ferguson 19 (22), Matthew Gilkes 28 (27). Alex Ross 40 (32), Chris Morris 6 (5), Daniel Sams 13 (16), Chris Green 2 (2), Arjun Nair 17 (11)
Didn’t Bat: Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett
Glenn Maxwell 3-2-17, Dale Steyn 4-0-24, Nathan Coulter Nile 4-0-24. Adam Zampa 4-1-33, Haris Rauf 4-3-24, Clint Hinchliffe 1-1-8
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BBL 9 Match 19 Results – 2nd Innings
While chasing down, the total Melbourne Stars lost first wickets in the very first wicket. Nic Maddinson went for a duck after playing six five dot balls of Daniel Sams first over of end innings. Nick Larkin and Marcus Stoinis formed a strong partnership of 123 runs in the second wicket stand. Chris Morris came with exceptional power in his second bowling spell as he not only broke the partnership but got rid of both batsmen.
Melbourne Stars have required only 20 runs off 23 balls with nine wickets in hand, but team collapsed with the loss of two wickets each in the next three overs. Glenn Maxwell left the crease after playing just two deliveries and same case repeated by Peter Handscomb. Chris Morris, Daniel Sams and Nathan McAndrew took two wickets brought Thunders back in the game.
Nic Maddinson 0 (6), Marcus Stoinis 58 (51), Nick Larkin 65 (45), Glenn Maxwell 1 (2), Peter Handscomb 4 (5), Ben Dunk 0 (1). Clint Hinchliffe 0 (1), Nathan Coulter Nile 5 (6), Adam Zampa 1 (1)
Didn’t Bat: Dale Steyn, Haris Rauf
Daniel Sams 4-3-25, Chris Green 2-0-21, Chris Morris 4-2-24, Brendan Boggett 4-0-28, Nathan McAndrew 3.4-2-22, Arjun Nair 2-0-16