BBL 2018-19: Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Match Report: In the 51st match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) hosts Perth Scorchers have given a befitting adieu to their superhero Michael Klinger while clinching the game by 27 runs against Melbourne Stars on Sunday (February 3).
Scorchers’ bowlers restrict visitors on 155 for nine.
It’s important to mention that the 38-year-old Klinger announced his BBL retirement on February 1 (Saturday).
For Scorchers, Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while giving away 30 runs in his four overs. Also, Matthew Kelly followed the suit by claiming three wickets in fours overs.
Earlier, while chasing the competitive target of 183, Star had a dismal start owing to a run chase. Ben Dunk was the first man to go at the score of nine and Peter Handscomb followed him.
Dunk faced three balls for his two, as Handscomb faced nine deliveries for his two runs.
However, keep the team very much intact in the game, Marcus Stoinis alongside skipper Glenn Maxwell put 106-run stand for the third wicket.
However, Andrew Tye put the breaks on visitors innings when he got better of Maxwell as he was followed by Stonis when Marsh forced Stonis to edge the ball straight into the hands of Ashton Turner.
Following the magnificent triple-figure stand, Stars’ chase derailed as Coulter-Nile alongside Tye and Jason Behrendorff bowled superbly.
While batting first, hosts put up 182 for three on board in 20 allotted overs. Ashton Turner was the top-scorer for the side with 42-ball 69. His innings included seven fours and three sixes.
In addition to, opening pair Josh Inglis (26) and Klinger (30) recorded 47-run stand for the first wicket in 5.1 overs.
However, wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Bancroft remained unbeaten on 27-ball 44 with the help of two sixes and a solitary four. Marsh remained not out on seven off four deliveries.
Stars’ skipper Maxwell used as many as six bowlers, but Jackson Bird, Liam Plunkett and Adam Zampa bagged wicket apiece.
Perth Scorchers: Turner 69 (42), Bancroft 44(27) – Jackson Bird 1 for 25
Melbourne Stars: Maxwell 61 (40), Stoinis 49 (40) – Coulter-Nile 3 for 30, Kelly 3 for 31