Darren Sammy’s blitzkrieg of 38 runs off just 12 balls with 3 sixes and 4 fours proved more than enough as Hobart Hurricanes crushed Melbourne Stars by 52 runs to secure their first victory and hand Melbourne Stars their second defeat of the season.
Chasing a target of 191, Melbourne Stars lost Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen in quick succession. Pietersen, who scored a fifty in the first match, got out cheaply to Hilfenhaus this time. Glenn Maxwell started off well but in the anxiety to score at a brisk pace, he also lost his wicket to Hilfenhaus.
Australia’s World Cup hopeful Cameron White tried to steady from one end but kept on losing partners from the other end. White’s resistance was ended by left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty. He top-scored for Stars with 62. After White got out, no other batsmen showed grit as Stars innings got ended at 138/9. Hilfenhaus took four wickets and his victims were Kevin Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Triffitt and John Hastings.
Earlier after losing the toss, Hobart Hurricanes also lost wickets in quick succession and that too of Alex Hales, Tim Paine and their captain George Bailey. Then came in Jonathan Wells and stabilized the innings alongwith Ben Dunk. Both put on 90 runs for the 4th wicket in 10.2 overs, before Dunk got out at 43 to the bowling of James Faulkner. West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy came in at number six and played a gem of an innings to guide Hurricanes to 190/5 in their 20 overs. Jonathan Wells was the top-scorer for them with 68 runs. John Hastings was the most successful bowler for Melbourne Stars as he took 3 wickets.
Brief Scores: Hobart Hurricanes 190/5 (Jonathan Wells 68, Darren Sammy 38*, Hastings 3-24) defeated Melbourne Stars 138/9 (Cameron White 62, Hilfenhaus 4-27) by 52 runs
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