Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, Match 28

Big Bash League, 2019/20 | Match 28 | Wednesday 8th January | 08:10
 Match Ended
Melbourne Stars
148/4 (17.5) RR:8.29
Sydney Thunder
145/5 (20.0) RR:7.25
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  • Melbourne StarsMLS

That's all from this game. It turned out to be a one-sided affair as Melbourne Stars chased down the target with relative ease and they return at the top of the table with 12 points. Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, remain fourth. On Thursday, we have Brisbane Heat hosting Hobart Hurricanes. That game will begin at 1810 Local (0810 GMT). Until then, cheers!

For his superb hat-trick in the final over, Haris Rauf is named the Man of the Match. Sandeep Lamichhane has also joined him as a translator. Rauf says that he is very happy that he took three wickets and enjoyed the moment. Haris adds that he has been watching cricket since his childhood and it was a dream to play at the MCG. Adds that he gave his 100 percent and is pleased that his team is on top of the table again. Goes onto state that his family supported him and they are very happy with his performance.

Earlier in the day, after being put to bat, Sydney Thunder managed to put up an under-par total of just 145/5, as they struggled to get the flourish they were looking for. Haris Rauf was the star of the match as his hat-trick in the final over killed the small momentum the Thunder had gained in the death overs.

Can't blame the Thunder bowlers for their effort. They had a tough ask to restrict the star-studded Melbourne Stars on a batting-friendly pitch. It was always going to take some mammoth effort and unfortunately for the tourists, today was not the day for miracles. Sams, Cook and Nair picked up the three wickets amongst them equally but their efforts weren't enough. Morris, Tremain and McAndrew weren't effective and the Stars romped home.

Another day, another win for the Stars. A comprehensive win for them and with this they go top of the pile. After a superb showing with the ball, Marcus Stoinis set up the chase with skipper, Glenn Maxwell finishing off. The Stars did not get off to a good start losing Nic Maddinson early, courtesy a run out. The ploy to send Nathan Coulter-Nile at number 3 did not fare well. Larkin too departed early but fifties from Stoinis and Maxwell ensured there were no more hiccups and the hosts eventually made a mockery of this chase.

4 17.5
Chris Morris to Glenn Maxwell

FOUR! That is it! Stars have chased down the score with 13 balls to spare. Morris bowls a full delivery outside off, Maxwell stands tall and hammers it over extra cover for a boundary. MELBOURNE STARS WIN BY SIX WICKETS!

0 17.4
Chris Morris to Glenn Maxwell

Low full toss again on middle, Maxwell misses out and plays this down to mid on.

0 17.3
Chris Morris to Glenn Maxwell

Short on middle, pulled to mid-wicket. Three dot balls in a row.

0 17.2
Chris Morris to Glenn Maxwell

Morris dishes out a yorker on middle, Maxwell digs it out to the bowler. Morris pretends to throw it back at Maxwell.

0 17.1
Chris Morris to Glenn Maxwell

BEATEN! Low full toss outside off, Maxwell throws his bat at it but gets a bottom edge back to the keeper. Tumbles after that shot.

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