Moises Henriques individual innings of 72 runs for just 31 balls broke the Melbourne Stars winning streak. Sixers won their 7th game of the BBL 9 while Stars lost only the second game of the Big Bash League 2020. BBL 9 Match 45 Stars vs Sixers – While batting first, Sixers put 143/4 on the board, and in return, Melbourne Stars 125/5 in fourteen overs. With the DSL method, Sixers beat Stars by 21 runs and raised to the second position of the Big Bash League points table.
Melbourne Stars lost their only the second game of the tournament after Henriques came with the extra powerplay. Today Melbourne Stars made two changes in their playing XI by replacing Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jackson Coleman with Jonathan Merlo and Lance Morris. Melbourne Stars lost the first game in BBL 9 after their eight consecutive wins in the tournament so far.
Henriques eight sixes and two-fours in his 31 balls got things on the board for Sixers. A brilliant partnership of 114 runs for just 50 shots between James Vince and Moises Henriques formed solid grounds in 14 overs restricted game. Sixers lost two wickets in the powerplay and especially in a single over by Sandeep Lamichhane.
Daniel Hughes and Josh Philippe removed by Lamichhane in this very first overs before Henriques burst to put 140/3 in 13.2 overs. Daniel Worrall had handy three overs bowling spell taking a single wicket and conceded just 15 runs. He got the bowling length right and did maximum dot balls taking an opportunity to build pressure with Sixers slower start.
Henriques Powered the Innings
Weather at Canberra favored the first side with a tacky surface to catch in the first half of the innings. Earlier due to lightning it was predicted not to have the game at Sydney Cricket Ground. After lightening play started and again stopped in 10.5 overs in a cut limited-overs of 14 for today innings. Moises Henriques came with his innings going. That’s the most entertaining knock of Big Bash League so far.
Henriques provided the perfect stage for Sixers to settle nothing less than the competitive total on the board. In first Henriques targeted Lamichhane who dismissed Hughes and Inglis in his very bowler. He smashed 24 runs off his first over he faced with a couple of clean strikes out of the park. The bowling replacement by Glenn Maxwell, who rested Coulter-Nile and Coleman and brought Jonathan Merlo and Lance Morris to the bowling attack.
Both alternatives bowled over next to each other, and Henriques went for 12 and 13 runs, respectively. James Vince 41 runs innings of 22 balls with two sixes, and single four strengthen the Sixers innings. However, Daniel Worrall came with his excellence, and he bowled his last over of bowling spell conceding just four runs off it. In the chase of revised total 125/5 in 14 overs, Stoinis powered his innings Stars inning with his 67 runs innings.
Maxwell Defensive Approach?
He formed three partnerships with Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, and Glenn Maxwell and dismissed in (11.4) overs finishing Stars with 109/3. Considering the top order batting line, Maxwell went with the little defensive approach, but Stoinis back to the pavilion at the nick of time. After Stoinis removal, Maxwell and Cartwright piled up for 35 runs off 18 balls, squeezing the total.
Ben Dwarshuis bowled superbly, taking two wickets in his three overs bowling spell with a maiden over. He just conceded 20 runs removing Nic Maddinson and Hilton Cartwright, the critical breakthroughs of the innings. These two wickets were the real threat to Sixers’ win that Dwarshuis got right on the money. Maxwell played 13 balls, taking just 12 runs with his two boundaries the slower innings of his BBL 9 so far.
Stoinis fired, but it was too late to compensate innings when Stars needed 55 runs off 18 balls. Stoinis fireworks over Nathan’s first three balls of the 12th over went for four, six, six, but next delivery. He decided gotta go without changing his approach to the Lyon shorter ball and caught by Henriques to hold a steepling catch.
BBL 9 Match 45 Stars vs Sixers – After the dismissal of Stoinis, run rate cruised to 17 runs as the last over Stars were required to get 27 runs. Larkin’s dismissed despite capitalizing inning to get things on board got only three runs off his three balls. Stars lost the Sixers in the chase of 125 in 14 overs with four runs D/L method.