In the ongoing eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19), visitors Melbourne Stars led by Glenn Maxwell pipped hosts Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final on Thursday (February 14) at Bellerive Oval by six wickets.
Spectacularly, Maxwell and Seb Gotch took Stars home with seven balls to spare. The Maxwell scored unbeaten 43 off 33 balls as Gotch remained not out on 33 off 22 deliveries. He smashed four boundaries and a six.
While chasing the target of 154, Stars lost the first wicket in the form of Ben Dunk 9 (3) at the score of 11. For Hurricanes, Jofra Archer has provided the breakthrough on the first ball of Stars’ second over.
The 18-year-old leg-spinner from Afghanistan Qais bagged three wickets.
Besides, wicketkeeper-batsman Handscomb faced 26-balls for his 35 runs. He smashed five fours and a six. At the score of 78, Star lost its third wicket in 8.5 overs.
Earlier, Hobart batted first to post 153 for seven in 20 allotted overs.
Stars’ bowlers bowled brilliant to make things quite tough for the host side. The 27-year-old medium pacer Daniel Worrall starred with the ball. He bagged four wickets after conceding just 23 runs in his quota of four overs.
On the other side, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and Windies pick Dwayne Bravo bagged wicket apiece. However, Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane and skipper himself went wicketless. But they stemmed the run flow to keep Hurricanes under check.
Besides, the middle-order batsman Ben McDermott was the highest run-scorer for Hurricanes. He smashed 42-ball 53 with the help of two fours. D’Arcy Short scored 35, whereas, George Bailey managed to post 37 off 32 deliveries.
Hurricanes skipper couldn’t leave an impact in the big game. The wicketkeeper-batsman Wade could score just two off four balls. Apart from him, Caleb Jewell, Simon Milenko and James Faulkner failed to deliver with the bat.
Brief Scores – Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars
HH: 153 for 7 in 20 overs; Ben McDermott 53 (42), George Baily 37 (32) – Worrall 4 for 23
MS: 157 for 4 in 18.5 overs: Glenn Maxwell 43 (33), Seb Gotch 33 (22) – Qais Ahmed 3 for 33