In the second game of the day, Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars came head to head at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Haris Rauf hat-trick and Maxwell individual innings of 59 runs marked the fourth consecutive win for Stars. BBL 9 Match 28 Thunder vs Stars – In the chase of 145 runs, the two half-centuries by Maxwell and Stoinis took Stars on the top of the Big Bash points table.
Sydney Thunders beaten by Melbourne Stars at MCG with six wickets, and Thunders slipped to the 5th position on the points table. Chris Green banned by Cricket Australia for his illegal bowling action. Sydney Thunders put a reasonable total of 148 runs against Melbourne Stars, and it was expected that Thunders would Defend the total at MCG.
Thunder batsman played a very controlled innings right from the start to keep wickets in hand and bash in the end. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as Thunders unable to capitalize despite having wickets in hand and lost their momentum. The opening stand of 56 runs between Khawaja and Hales, however, set a foundation of big total on the scoreboard.
Callum Ferguson and Matt Gilkes partnership of 83 runs after the depart of Khwaja and Alex Hales. Ferguson and Gilkes accelerated the innings for Sydney Thunders in the middle by keeping wickets in hand with the flow of some boundaries. The second biggest partnership between skipper and Gilkes was expecting Thunder 170+ runs on the board but didn’t achieve.
Thunder vs Stars Squad
Sydney Thunder Squad
Usman Khwaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkis, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Alex rose, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan cook, Chris Tremain
Melbourne Stars Squad
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
BBL 9 Match 28 1st Innings
BBL 9 Match 28 Thunder vs Stars – Melbourne Stars won the toss and elected to field first at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Sydney Thunders opening batsman Usman Khawaja and Hales gave an opening stand of 56 in 8.1 overs. After the depart of Khawaja, Hales also left the crease in 9.3 overs after scoring 26 runs off 28.
The second partnership between Callum Ferguson and Matt Gilkis helped Thunders to reach a reasonable total on the board. In the first inning, Sixers used six different bowlers, of which only Zampa and Maxwell got a single breakthrough. Haris Rauf struck a hat-trick in the 20th overs, and he ended his bowling spell 4-3-23 with the economy of 5.75.
Usman Khwaja 33 (27), Alex Hales 26 (28), Callum Ferguson 35 (27). Matt Gilkes 41 (35), Chris Morris 0 (0), Daniel Sams 0 (1), Alex rose 0 (2)
Didn’t Bat: Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan cook, Chris Tremain
Glenn Maxwell 3-0-18, Daniel Worrall 2-0-19, Haris Rauf 4-3-23. Sandeep Lamichhane 4-0-39, Adam Zampa 4-1-22, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-1-16
BBL 9 Match 28 2nd Innings
BBL 9 Match 28 Thunder vs Stars – Nic Maddinson and Marcus Stoinis opened the batting inning for Melbourne Stars. The opening pair formed the partnership of 21/1 in 3.3 overs and Nathan Coulter-Nile fall in the powerplay. Glenn Maxwell, the man of the match, played in exceptional innings of 59 runs for 37 balls with eight boundaries and a single maximum.
The innings by Stoinis, Handscomb and Maxwell helped Stars. Stoinis sets the platform with the struggling top order in the chase of 148 runs. He played a very controlled and defensive inning to lead his team to chase down the total. Maxwell entertained the MCG crowd by freeing his arms and smashing a few boundaries.
He completed his half-century in just 29 balls at MCG. Sydney Thunders used six bowlers in their bowling inning to defend the reasonable total on the board. Daniel Sams, Jona Cook, and Arjun Nair picked up one wicket for a wicket.
Nic Maddinson 13 (12), Marcus Stoinis 50 (44), Nathan Coulter-Nile 11 (6). Nick Larkin 6 (4), Glenn Maxwell 59 (37), Peter Handscomb 3 (5)
Didn’t Bat: Hilton Cartwright, Adam Zampa. Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Daniel Sams 4-1-36, Chris Morris 3.5-0-29, Chris Tremain 3-0-25. Nathan McAndrew 3-0-23, Jonathan Cook 2-1-18, Arjun Nair 2-1-15
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