Stars v Strikers, BBL 2013-14, Melbourne

Faulkner takes three in crushing Stars win

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

January 9, 2014

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Melbourne Stars 2 for 91 (Wright 49) beat Adelaide Strikers 9 for 90 (Klinger 42, Faulkner 3-9) by 8 wickets
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Nathan Reardon is bowled by Lasith Malinga, Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, Big Bash League, Melbourne, January 9, 2014
Lasith Malinga was one of the Stars bowlers who caused problems for the Strikers © Getty Images

James Faulkner and Lasith Malinga led a high-class Melbourne Stars pace attack in demolishing the Adelaide Strikers in a one-sided encounter at the MCG. A woeful batting performance from the Strikers - only Michael Klinger and Kane Richardson reached double figures - meant they were only able to post 9 for 90 from their full 20 overs and the Stars sailed past the target in the eighth over of the chase.

After the Strikers chose to bat, Jackson Bird's new-ball swing caused some issues and Alex Hales was caught at slip for 5. The promotion of Tim Ludeman to No.3 as a pinch hitter failed as he could only manage 6 from 11 deliveries before he sliced a catch to point off Faulkner, who picked up Phillip Hughes for a golden duck next ball, caught behind off a delivery that found some extra bounce from the drop-in pitch.

From there it was all downhill for the Strikers; Klinger kept the runs ticking over as much as he could but his partners kept disappearing at the other end. A magnificent inswinging yorker from Malinga bowled Nathan Reardon and it was Malinga and Faulkner who caused the most problems. Faulkner finished with 3 for 9 from his four overs and Malinga's four brought 2 for 8 as the batsmen had no answers to their pace, aggression and swing.

The legspinner James Muirhead also got in on the act by deceiving Michael Neser, who was stumped off a good legbreak, and it took a 24-run stand from Klinger and Richardson (21) to get the Strikers to within range of even batting out their overs. Eventually Klinger was caught in the deep off Faulkner for 42 and the Strikers had to rely on their own fast men if they were to defend the tiny total.

Realistically, though, that was never going to happen, and Luke Wright's 49 from 20 balls made certain of it. He struck eight fours and two sixes in a 62-run opening stand with Cameron White (13) before both men were caught attacking Neser from consecutive balls, but Glenn Maxwell easily finished the job with 25 off 10 balls, a top-edged six of his securing the win.

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Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Editors: Will you in the interest of good cricket pose this question as a survey or a talking point:

Is your viewing of BBL spoilt by:

(a) too much waffle? (b) too many commentators (although Gilchrist and Pointing have proved exceptional)? (c) much too much reminiscing and not enough focus on the game? (d) Viv Richards is a cricketing legend but does he add any value as a commentator?

I think a commentator and an analyst (good one anyway) is plenty:

Not enough mike munchers do what Gilly and Punter do: tell the viewers about what they cannot see. After all, not everyone is as dumb!

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 10, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

Weeeell, it's the big shooooow!

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

Liked the look of Muirhead I have to say. Did plenty through the air and got the ball lifting off the pitch. His action looks like it be developed further too but promising I would say.

Posted by bobbo2 on (January 9, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

How can the Stars have so much talent? They would give most international sides a run. Is there a salary cap?

Posted by Mervo on (January 9, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

As long as no one takes any of this seriously. Form in thus stuff is absolutely no indication of potential inTest cricket. This like a one-act play by a local drama club. Nice for those there, but unnoticed elsewhere.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

This isnt the fault of just one player guys, everyone bowled and batted poorly for the Strikers.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

nice man very good win .....................................................

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

yes its very good win for stars..............

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

yes its a very good win but why we ignord Shakib..... guys its is very allronder ......i dont think he will miss for matches

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Same sorry story for the strikers again.The batting was worse than schoolboys and then badly thrashed with the ball.If Stars play like this they can win the BBL quite easily

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