Well, Melbourne Stars are back in the race with a victory against Sydney Thunder in the morning clash at Queensland. Melbourne convincingly thrashed Sydney Thunder in the 20th match of the Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19). It was a collective team effort from Melbourne, which helped them sealing a victory.
Daniel Sams scored 42 off 25 balls:
Initially, it was Sydney Thunder, who won the toss and asked Melbourne to bowl first. However, the toss decision ended in a negative way, as they lost wickets at regular intervals of time and also, never really got going.
Shane Watson and Buttler failed to convert their good starts while Callum Ferguson was a duck out. Joe Root’s run-a-ball knock never really helped the team to get the momentum while Jason Sangha failed to repeat his show.
Just when things looked pretty bleak, Daniel Sams once again came to the party. He whacked 42 runs off just 25 balls that included 4 sixes. His quick knock helped them to put 135 runs on the board.
Marcus Stoinis and Bolland picked a couple of wickets each while Adam Zampa, Dwayne Bravo and Plunkett picked apiece.
Glenn Maxwell, Larkin adds an unbeaten 80 Partnership:
In reply, Melbourne opened innings with Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk. Dunk, once again carried on his poor form while Stoinis batted brilliantly to give the much-needed start in the tricky run-chase.
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Ben Dunk was early to leave the crease while Stoinis lost his wicket when scorecard read 57. However, it was Larkin and Glenn Maxwell, who added an 80-run partnership for the third wicket. They both finished with identical scores of 41.
For Sydney, Fawad Ahmed and Sams picked up each wicket. Marcus Stoinis was adjudged man of the match for his performance in both sections of the game.
Sydney Thunder – 135/8 (Sams 42, Bolland 2/28, Stoinis 2/29)
Melbourne Stars – 137/2 (Maxwell 41*, Larkin 41*, Fawad 1/26)