Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the match between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. This match is keenly awaited as it marks the return SK Warne on Australian soil after 1807 days

Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards will be seen turning out for Sydney Thunder. Apart from Warne, the newest fast bowling sensation for Australia, Pattinson, will be turning out for the Melbourne Stars

Warner has won the toss and Sydney Thunder are fielding

Daniel Brettig reports that a record audience saw the game on television yesterday and the number is expected to climb today. Read more about it here

Parveen plays the oracle here as he says "Melbourne Stars will win the match"

Malik Idrees encapsulates it perfectly when he says "It will be a sensational T 20 match between these two.Hussey, Quiney, Wright and White should turn out strongly against Thunders otherwise Gayle Warner Bollinger can turn the match dramatically any time" Have you discounted Warne out of the equation, though?

Going by the feedback we are getting, Sydney Thunder seems to be the favourite to get 2 points from this match but funnier things are known to happen on a cricket field. Like a former player once famously said 'It's not over, till the fat lady sings"

Rajeev raises a pertinent point when he says" These are the two best BBL teams on paper. We will have to wait and see how they start. There was no necessity of giving captaincy to Warner and Haddin as it was clear that they will not continue in this league with national commitments" That century in the final innings at Hobart changed the things for Warner, Didn't it?

Bakshi remains skeptical as he asks, "Took two of my colleagues who had never seen cricket before(from China and Italy) to the SCG for yesterday's game... Even after they figured out the rules, sadly the only thing they enjoyed was the beer! Maybe T20 isnt the answer to all of life's problem?" Jonathan Foo playing might have helped

Veera says "I am expecting another great show from Chris Gayle; to rub salt in the wound of west indies cricket board. He is in prime form, it's a pity that we don't see him playing for WI" Well lets not talk more about it. Gayle has not represented WI after the World Cup, where their campaign ended in March

Shane Warne is sitting next to skipper White as the team photographs are being clicked. The players run as soon as they see the flash. There is a cricket match to be played

Chris Gayle will open the bowling with his off spinners

0.1

Gayle to Quiney, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Quiney comes forward and pushes it to point

0.2

Gayle to Quiney, 1 run, good ball on the middle and leg. Quiney turns it to squareleg to get off the mark

0.3

Gayle to Wade, no run, on the leg stump. Wade defends it to the leg side

0.4

Gayle to Wade, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

0.4

Gayle to Wade, 1 run, flighted ball outside the off stump. Wade waits for a bit longer and square drives it for a single

0.5

Gayle to Quiney, no run, drives it back to the bowler

0.6

Gayle to Quiney, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Quiney comes forward and defends it to the off side

End of over 1 (3 runs) Melbourne Stars 3/0
RJ Quiney    1* (4b)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0
MS Wade    1* (2b)     

Doug Bollinger from the other end

1.1

Bollinger to Wade, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Wade leans back and upper cuts it to third-man for a single

1.2

Bollinger to Quiney, SIX, short ball on the off stump line. A slower ball. Quiney spots it and immediately shifts the weight onto the backfoot and pulls it away behind square for a maximum. A guy probably supporting the Sixers, wearing magenta, grabs the catch with both the hands

1.3

Bollinger to Quiney, no run, comes forward and drives it to mid-off

1.4

Bollinger to Quiney, no run, good length ball on the middle stump. Quiney turns it to square-leg

1.5

Bollinger to Quiney, no run, fuller ball on the off stump. Quiney defends it to the leg side

1.6

Bollinger to Quiney, OUT, he spotted the slower ball when he hit the six, this time he doesn't. Bollinger pitches it on the leg stump. Quiney is looking to go leg side again and is early into the shot as he gets a leading edge to mid-off where Edwards takes the catch

RJ Quiney c Edwards b Bollinger 7 (9m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 77.77

End of over 2 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 10/1
     DE Bollinger    1-0-7-1
MS Wade    2* (3b)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0

As a reward for the catch, Edwards gets to have a bowl

2.1

Edwards to Wade, 1 run, drives it to point for a single

2.2

Edwards to Bailey, 1 wide, short ball on the middle stump. Bailey ducks under it and the umpire calls it a wide

2.2

Edwards to Bailey, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Bailey falls across and flicks it over square-leg to get off the mark with a boundary

2.3

Edwards to Bailey, no run, short ball outisde the off stump and moving away a touch. Bailey has a go at it and is beaten

2.4

Edwards to Bailey, 1 leg bye, fuller ball on the leg stump. Bailey looks to repeat the flick shot but this time the ball must be atleast 10kmph faster than the ball he flicked earlier in the over and is struck on the pad. They run across for a leg-bye

2.5

Edwards to Wade, FOUR, fuller ball and width outside the off stump. Wade just needs to get the meat of his on it. He does exactly that as he plays a lofted cover drive for his first boundary

2.6

Edwards to Wade, no run, comes forward and pushes it to point

End of over 3 (11 runs) Melbourne Stars 21/1
MS Wade    7* (6b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-10-0
GJ Bailey    4* (3b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-7-1

3.1

Bollinger to Bailey, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Bailey moves across and defends it back onto the pitch

3.2

Bollinger to Bailey, no run, short ball on the off and middle. Bailey looks to pull it and doesn't get enough bat as the ball trickles away to midwicket

3.3

Bollinger to Bailey, no run, slower and shorter outside the off stump. Bailey looks to pull and is beaten as he is hit in the abdomen

3.4

Bollinger to Bailey, FOUR, short ball again. This time Bailey gets it right as he pulls the ball to deep midwicket for a boundary

3.5

Bollinger to Bailey, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

3.6

Bollinger to Bailey, 1 run, fuller ball on the off stump., Bailey plays it with soft hands and sets off for a quick single. Reminiscent of Junior, that single

End of over 4 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 26/1
GJ Bailey    9* (9b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-12-1
MS Wade    7* (6b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-10-0

4.1

Edwards to Bailey, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Bailry looks to cut it and is beaten

4.2

Edwards to Bailey, no run, good length ball outside the off stump and moving away. Bailey moves across and forces it to mid-on

4.3

Edwards to Bailey, 1 leg bye, struck on the pads on the middle stump line. It would have sailed over the stumps though. Bailey runs across for a leg-bye

4.4

Edwards to Wade, no run, short ball on the off stump. Wade ducks under it comfortably

4.5

Edwards to Wade, 2 runs, short ball on the middle stump. Wade is making room as the bowler is approaching the crease. Edwards bowls a slower ball and Wade pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

4.6

Edwards to Wade, 1 run, on the leg stump. Wade pushes it to leg side for a single

End of over 5 (4 runs) Melbourne Stars 30/1
MS Wade    10* (9b 1x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-13-0
GJ Bailey    9* (12b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-12-1

Coyte replaces Bollinger

5.1

Coyte to Wade, 1 run, on the leg stump. Wade turns it behind square for a single

5.2

Coyte to Bailey, 1 run, bowls it on the off stump line. Bailey pushes it to mid-on and sets off for a single

5.3

Coyte to Wade, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wade makes room and smashes it. Warner, patrolling the cover area pulls off a spectacular save to prevent a boundary

5.4

Coyte to Wade, 1 run, pulls it to square-leg for a single

5.5

Coyte to Bailey, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Bailey widens the gap between his legs and lofts it over mid-off for a boundary. Double-handed forehand shot it looked like. A wild card to Bailey for the Australian Open?

5.6

Coyte to Bailey, no run, pushes it to mid-on

End of over 6 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 37/1
GJ Bailey    14* (15b 3x4)      SJ Coyte    1-0-7-0
MS Wade    12* (12b 1x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-13-0

Doran comes on to have a bowl now

6.1

Doran to Wade, 2 runs, bowled on the off stump with a lot of flight. Wade leans across and sweeps it to fine-leg for a couple

6.2

Doran to Wade, OUT, flighted ball outside the off stump. Wade goes for the sweep shot again. This time he doesn't cover the line of the ball and gets a top edge that is easily taken by Coyte at short fine-leg

MS Wade c Coyte b Doran 14 (29m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

David Hussey comes to have a bat now but Bailey is on strike now

6.3

Doran to Bailey, 1 run, drives it to mid-off for a single

6.4

Doran to Hussey, no run, comes forward and defends

6.5

Doran to Hussey, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

6.6

Doran to Bailey, 3 runs, flighted ball outside the off stump. Bailey waits for it and late cuts it to third-man for three runs

End of over 7 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 44/2
GJ Bailey    18* (17b 3x4)      LA Doran    1-0-7-1
DJ Hussey    1* (2b)      SJ Coyte    1-0-7-0

7.1

Coyte to Bailey, 1 wide, short ball on the off stump. Bailey looks to pull it and is beaten and it is called a wide

7.1

Coyte to Bailey, 1 run, pushes it to cover and sets off for a quick single

7.2

Coyte to Hussey, 1 bye, another short ball as Hussey ducks under it and lets it sail to the keeper. The ball pops out of the keepers hand as they steal a bye

7.3

Coyte to Bailey, 1 run, steers it to third-man for a single

7.4

Coyte to Hussey, FOUR, boundary off the outside edge. It was a catch to Smith if he had gone for it with both the hands. He goes for it with his left hand. It looked like wipers on the windshield of a car as he was going for the catch

7.5

Coyte to Hussey, no run, pushes it to midwicket

7.6

Coyte to Hussey, FOUR, another boundary off the outside edge to third-man for a boundary

End of over 8 (12 runs) Melbourne Stars 56/2
DJ Hussey    9* (6b 2x4)      SJ Coyte    2-0-18-0
GJ Bailey    20* (19b 3x4)      LA Doran    1-0-7-1

8.1

Doran to Bailey, no run, looks to reverse sweep from outside the off stump line and is struck on the pads

8.2

Doran to Bailey, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

8.3

Doran to Hussey, 1 run

8.4

Doran to Bailey, 1 run, turns it behind square for a single

8.5

Doran to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track and lofts it to long-on for a single

8.6

Doran to Bailey, no run, comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 9 (4 runs) Melbourne Stars 60/2
GJ Bailey    22* (23b 3x4)      LA Doran    2-0-11-1
DJ Hussey    11* (8b 2x4)      SJ Coyte    2-0-18-0

Abbott replaces Coyte

9.1

Abbott to Hussey, no run, and starts off with a three quarters length outside the off stump. He looks to cut it and is beaten

9.2

Abbott to Hussey, 4 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump. The ball falls in the no man's land between midwicket and long-on. The throw hits the stumps and ricochets as the batsman steal an extra couple. So four runs off the ball then

9.3

Abbott to Hussey, 2 runs, steers it to the left of third-man for a couple

9.4

Abbott to Hussey, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

9.5

Abbott to Hussey, no run, turns it to Gayle at midwicket

9.6

Abbott to Hussey, SIX, and this is the sort of thing that David Hussey is popular for. He comes down the track and lofts it over long-off for a six

End of over 10 (12 runs) Melbourne Stars 72/2
DJ Hussey    23* (14b 2x4 1x6)      SA Abbott    1-0-12-0
GJ Bailey    22* (23b 3x4)      LA Doran    2-0-11-1

Bollinger comes back into the attack

10.1

Bollinger to Bailey, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Bailey pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

10.2

Bollinger to Hussey, SIX, short ball on the middle stump. Hussey makes room and lofts it over square-leg for another six. He is getting into that sort of mode now

10.3

Bollinger to Hussey, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket for a single

10.4

Bollinger to Bailey, OUT, fuller ball on the middle stump. Bailey moves across in an attempt to flick it. He misses the line altogether as he is bowled

GJ Bailey b Bollinger 23 (36m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

In comes White, the Australian T20 captain

10.5

Bollinger to White, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. White plays it with soft hands to the off side and sets off for a quick single

10.6

Bollinger to Hussey, 1 run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Hussey pushes it to midwicket and gets the single

End of over 11 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 82/3
DJ Hussey    31* (17b 2x4 2x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-22-2
CL White    1* (1b)      SA Abbott    1-0-12-0

Coyte replaces Abbott

11.1

Coyte to Hussey, 1 run, Full-toss to begin his second spell as Huseey drives it to long-on for a single

11.2

Coyte to White, no run, short ball on the off stump. White looks to cut it and and is beaten by the bounce

11.3

Coyte to White, OUT, short ball on the off stump. White looks to pull it and is early into his shot. He gets a top edge that is snaffled up by Warner running back from short third-man. He is greeted by boos though as it is White's home ground. Melbourne Stars in a spot of bother now

CL White c Warner b Coyte 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

11.4

Coyte to Hussey, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Voges cuts it to deep point and takes the single on offer

11.5

Coyte to Voges, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump and drives it to long-off for a single

11.6

Coyte to Hussey, 1 run

End of over 12 (4 runs) Melbourne Stars 86/4
DJ Hussey    34* (20b 2x4 2x6)      SJ Coyte    3-0-22-1
AC Voges    1* (1b)      DE Bollinger    3-0-22-2

12.1

Abbott to Hussey, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Hussey looks for the lofted shot and gets an outside edge to third-man for a boundary

12.2

Abbott to Hussey, 2 runs

12.3

Abbott to Hussey, SIX, fuller ball outside the off stump. Hussey lofts it over long-off for a six his third

12.4

Abbott to Hussey, 2 runs, drives it to sweeper cover for a couple

12.5

Abbott to Hussey, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Hussey slices it over point for a couple to get to his half-century

12.6

Abbott to Hussey, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket for a single to end the seventeen run over

End of over 13 (21 runs) Melbourne Stars 103/4
DJ Hussey    51* (26b 3x4 3x6)      SA Abbott    2-0-29-0
AC Voges    1* (1b)      SJ Coyte    3-0-22-1

13.1

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, short ball on the off stump. Hussey pulls it to deep square-leg for a single

13.2

Gayle to Voges, 2 runs, fuller ball on the middle stump. Voges forces it to deep square-leg for a couple

13.3

Gayle to Voges, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Voges drives it to mid-off

13.4

Gayle to Voges, no run, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

13.5

Gayle to Voges, 1 run, OUT, Hussey is run-out! Fuller ball on the off stump. Voges pushes it to long-on. Hussey calls him for a non-existent couple. He puts his head down and runs to the bowler's end. Turns out that it is not enough as the throw is right on top of the stumps. Gayle colledts the ball and whips the bails off

DJ Hussey run out 52 (31m 27b 3x4 3x6) SR: 192.59

13.6

Gayle to Voges, 1 run, Voges pushes it to midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 108/5
AC Voges    5* (6b)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-0
LJ Wright    0* (0b)      SA Abbott    2-0-29-0

Doran is back into the attack

14.1

Doran to Voges, 1 run, turns it to midwicket for a single

14.2

Doran to Wright, 1 leg bye, good length ball on the middle stump. Wright moves across and looks to turn it away. He gets hit on thigh pad and they run a leg-bye

14.3

Doran to Voges, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

14.4

Doran to Wright, no run, flighted ball that hits Wright on the pad outside the off stump as he is looking to defend it

14.5

Doran to Wright, 1 run, pulls it to long-on for a single

14.6

Doran to Voges, 1 run

End of over 15 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 113/5
AC Voges    8* (9b)      LA Doran    3-0-15-1
LJ Wright    1* (3b)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-0

15.1

Gayle to Voges, 1 run, fuller on the off stump. Voges drives it to long-on for a single

15.2

Gayle to Wright, 2 runs, outside the off stump. Wright sweeps it to fine-leg for a couple

15.3

Gayle to Wright, no run, yorker on the middle stump. Wright digs it out to midwicket

15.4

Gayle to Wright, 2 runs, full-toss on the middle stump. Wright comes down the track and turns it to deep midwicket for a couple

15.5

Gayle to Wright, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

15.6

Gayle to Voges, 1 run, slogs it to long-on for a single

End of over 16 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 120/5
AC Voges    10* (11b)      CH Gayle    3-0-15-0
LJ Wright    6* (7b)      LA Doran    3-0-15-1

Coyte back into the attack

16.1

Coyte to Voges, no run, Yorker outside the off stump. Voges looks to slog it and is beaten

16.2

Coyte to Voges, OUT, fuller ball on the off stump. Voges looks to slog and gets the edge that results in an easy catch to Abbott at long-on

AC Voges c Abbott b Coyte 10 (16m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Wright faces now

16.3

Coyte to Wright, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Wright looks to cut and is beaten by the pace of the ball

16.4

Coyte to Wright, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Wright's region this as he slices it over the backward point fielder for what is the first boundary in four overs

16.5

Coyte to Wright, no run, short ball on the off stump. Wright looks to steer it and is beaten by the bounce

16.6

Coyte to Wright, no run, a dot ball again as Wright is early into the drive and is beaten

End of over 17 (4 runs) Melbourne Stars 124/6
LJ Wright    10* (11b 1x4)      SJ Coyte    4-0-26-2
JP Faulkner    0* (0b)      CH Gayle    3-0-15-0

Edwards comes back into the attack

17.1

Edwards to Faulkner, 1 run, pushes it to long-off for a single

17.2

Edwards to Wright, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Wright looks to knock the leather off the ball and is beaten

On that note, Sushant says "Since yesterday, All the batsmen have been trying to beat the leather off the ball. Trying to hit it too hard, in any way possible. Straight batted Tennis forehand , Flat batted straight pull, everything...As a result they are struggling a lot. No one trying proper cricketing shots. They need to understand, BBL does not mean "Ball Bashing League"

17.3

Edwards to Wright, SIX, short ball outside the off stump. Wright shows the touch artistry he has got as he moves across and slices it ten rows into the lower tier at third-man boundary. Delicate shot that

17.4

Edwards to Wright, 1 run, pushes it to long-off for a single

17.5

Edwards to Faulkner, 1 run

17.6

Edwards to Wright, FOUR, full-toss on the leg stump. Wright was waiting for it as he makes rooms and smashes it to deep midwicket for a boundary. Deals with me and Sushant in two strokes then

End of over 18 (13 runs) Melbourne Stars 137/6
LJ Wright    21* (15b 2x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-26-0
JP Faulkner    2* (2b)      SJ Coyte    4-0-26-2

18.1

Abbott to Faulkner, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket and sets off for a quick single

18.2

Abbott to Wright, no run, it's a boundary or nothing at this stage for Wright as he goes for a good length ball on the middle stump. It sails over the middle stump as he is early into the slog

18.3

Abbott to Wright, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

18.4

Abbott to Faulkner, 2 runs, short ball on the middle stump. Faulkner pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

18.5

Abbott to Faulkner, 2 runs, full-toss on the leg stump. Faulkner looks to turn it away as he gets an inside edge to fine-leg for a couple

18.6

Abbott to Faulkner, OUT, more boos as Warner as he takes the catch at long-on. It was fuller on the off stump and Faulkner lofted it straight into the hands of the Thunder captain. He takes the catch and stirs up the crowd by gesturing at them

JP Faulkner c Warner b Abbott 7 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

End of over 19 (6 runs) Melbourne Stars 143/7
     SA Abbott    3-0-35-1
LJ Wright    22* (17b 2x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-26-0

19.1

Edwards to McKay, 2 runs, drives it to long-off for a couple

19.2

Edwards to McKay, 1 bye, looks to have a slog and is beaten. They run a bye nonetheless

19.3

Edwards to Wright, 1 run, full-toss on the middle stump. Wright comes down the track and drives it to long-on. McKay wants Wright on strike as he calls Wright for a couple. It would have been a run-out if they attempted a couple

19.4

Edwards to McKay, 1 run, off the top-edge to third-man for a single

19.5

Edwards to Wright, FOUR, slower ball on the middle stump. Wright comes down the track and creams the ball past covers for a boundary

19.6

Edwards to Wright, 1 bye, slower ball outside the off stump. Wright looks to go for the cut shot and is beaten

Melbourne Stars end up with a total of 153, thanks to a half-century bu David Hussey. Their hopes will hinge on sending Warner and Gayle into the shed early. Join us in about fifteen minutes for the chase

End of over 20 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 153/7
LJ Wright    27* (20b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    4-0-34-0
CJ McKay    3* (3b)      SA Abbott    3-0-35-1
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Dec 17, 2011

Shane Warne tries to field off his own bowling, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, Melbourne, December 17 2011

Shane Warne tries to field off his own bowling

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Liz Hurley poses with her son Damian and Shane Warne's daughters, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, MCG, December 17, 2011

Liz Hurley poses with her son Damian and Shane Warne's daughters

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