Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars at Sydney, Dec 29, 2013
Melbourne Stars won by 77 runs
29 December 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the match between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars. We move from Brisbane to Sydney for another cracker of a game were both teams have few star players in their line up and some real quickies.

Toss - News coming in from the center square is that Sixers have won the toss and will have a bowl first.

Umpires AJ Barrow and MW Graham-Smith have made their way into the middle. L Wright and C White to open the innings for Stars. B Lee with the new ball.

0.1

Lee to White, 1 run, on the pads and clipped to fine leg

0.2

Lee to Wright, 1 wide, drifted down the leg and called wide

0.2

Lee to Wright, no run, right on the money, fends to mid-off

0.3

Lee to Wright, FOUR, slower delivery on the pads and driven off his toes

0.4

Lee to Wright, FOUR, two in a row. Length delivery on middle and leg, Wright rocks back and pulls it over mid wicket for four more

0.5

Lee to Wright, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on off stump and dabs to third man for a couple

0.6

Lee to Wright, no run, massive in-swinger, play and a miss

Hazlewood to share the new ball

End of over 1 (12 runs) Melbourne Stars 12/0

    • LJ Wright 10 (5b 2x4)
    • CL White 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 1-0-12-0
1.1

Hazlewood to White, 1 run, starts with alength delivery on off stump and guides to third man

1.2

Hazlewood to Wright, no run, length delivery and fends to off side, had no control there

1.3

Hazlewood to Wright, no run, pacy stuff, back of a length delivery and climed onto him, play and a miss

1.4

Hazlewood to Wright, FOUR, driven!! fuller outside off, real half-volley and a classic drive through covers

1.5

Hazlewood to Wright, FOUR, makes room for a fuller delivery and whacked it past mid on for four more

1.6

Hazlewood to Wright, no run, length delivery on middle and leg, mistimed pull to short fine leg

End of over 2 (9 runs) Melbourne Stars 21/0

    • LJ Wright 18 (10b 4x4)
    • CL White 2 (2b)
    • JR Hazlewood 1-0-9-0
    • B Lee 1-0-12-0
2.1

Lee to White, 1 wide, driffed down the leg and a good take by the keeper, called wide

2.1

Lee to White, 2 leg byes, nips back in and struck on his thigh pad

2.2

Lee to White, 1 run, banged in short and guides it past the slip cordon

2.3

Lee to Wright, SIX, short and pulled away in style. Shorter in length on leg stump, Wright swivels and connects it

2.4

Lee to Wright, no run, fuller outside off, swing and a miss

2.5

Lee to Wright, (no ball) FOUR, take that Lee!! fuller outside off and crunched it in between cover and mid-off region

2.5

Lee to Wright, no run, good delivery outside off, play and a miss

Chappy: "Remarkably, David Hussey is the only Aussie in the stars lineup without test match experience, surprised he never got a shot at it."

2.6

Lee to Wright, no run, long way across and missed his flick

End of over 3 (15 runs) Melbourne Stars 36/0

    • LJ Wright 28 (15b 5x4 1x6)
    • CL White 3 (4b)
    • B Lee 2-0-25-0
    • JR Hazlewood 1-0-9-0
3.1

O'Keefe to White, 1 run, tossed up outside off and nudged to on side for a single

3.2

O'Keefe to Wright, no run, loopy delivery on middle and leg, fends it back to the bowler

3.3

O'Keefe to Wright, OUT, tossed up outside off, Wright walks down the turn for a big almighty heave, not to the pitch of the ball and missed it altogether . Smith behind the stumps collects and whips the bails off

LJ Wright st †Smith b O'Keefe 28 (17m 17b 5x4 1x6) SR: 164.70

3.4

O'Keefe to Wade, no run, fends to on side,touch quicker too

Mrudul: "This Stars XI got to be the best T20 teams across all T20 leagues. Imagine if all of them clicks together some day *evil grin*"

3.5

O'Keefe to Wade, FOUR, deft cut! length delivery outside off and Wade cuts it past short third man

3.6

O'Keefe to Wade, no run, flighted delivery outside off, shuffled across and fends to off side

End of over 4 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 41/1

    • MS Wade 4 (3b 1x4)
    • CL White 4 (5b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-5-1
    • B Lee 2-0-25-0
4.1

Lalor to White, no run, angled away from middle stump and White pushes it to on side

4.2

Lalor to White, no run, good delivery on off stump channel again and fends it from the crease

4.3

Lalor to White, no run, touch fuller this time, White comes forward and turns to on side

4.4

Lalor to White, no run, very very tigh line on off stump, no room whatsoever and punched to covers

4.5

Lalor to White, FOUR, short and pulles away, on the leg stump and White helped it on its way

4.6

Lalor to White, 1 run, bit short on off stump and dabs to third man for a single

End of over 5 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 46/1

    • CL White 9 (11b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 4 (3b 1x4)
    • JK Lalor 1-0-5-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-5-1
5.1

Hazlewood to White, OUT, bowled him!! Length delivery on middle stump, White dances down the ground for a big heave over covers and forgot to get wood on to it as the ball cannons onto the stumps.

CL White b Hazlewood 9 (24m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

5.2

Hazlewood to Hodge, no run, real pace, length delivery on off stump, hits one of the cracks and bounced

5.3

Hazlewood to Hodge, OUT, too close to cut and Hodge has to go for an early walk. Length delivery again on off stump, was never there to cut and Hodge nicks one back to the keeper

BJ Hodge c †Smith b Hazlewood 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.4

Hazlewood to Hussey, no run, jags back in and thuds high on his pad

5.5

Hazlewood to Hussey, no run, length delivery on off and flown to the keeper, good leave though

5.6

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads and nudged to mid-on for a quick single. Eventful over!

End of over 6 (1 run) Melbourne Stars 47/3

    • DJ Hussey 1 (3b)
    • MS Wade 4 (3b 1x4)
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-10-2
    • JK Lalor 1-0-5-0
6.1

Lalor to Hussey, 1 run, angled across Huss and punched it past point for a single

6.2

Lalor to Wade, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, shaped back in too and pushed past the in-field

6.3

Lalor to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length delivery on off stump and dabs to third man

6.4

Lalor to Wade, 1 wide, wide down the leg and a great take by the keeper diving to his right

6.4

Lalor to Wade, no run, pacy delivery on off stump and a miscued pull to mid on region

6.5

Lalor to Wade, no run, slower delivery on off stump, play and a miss

6.6

Lalor to Wade, 3 runs, length delivery on off and pulled away to deep mid wicket

End of over 7 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 54/3

    • MS Wade 8 (7b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3 (5b)
    • JK Lalor 2-0-12-0
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-10-2
7.1

Henriques to Wade, 1 run, fuller outside off and driven past covers for a mere single

7.2

Henriques to Hussey, 1 run, altered his length and bowled it touch short, Huss on the back-ffoot punches it past point

7.3

Henriques to Wade, 1 run, played down the ground

7.4

Henriques to Hussey, 5 wides, short and way too short as it flies over the keepers head

7.4

Henriques to Hussey, FOUR, width offered outside off and cuts it past point. Third man had no chance

7.5

Henriques to Hussey, 2 leg byes, clipped his pad and rolled to on side as they scamper for the second

7.6

Henriques to Hussey, no run, play and a miss outside off

End of over 8 (14 runs) Melbourne Stars 68/3

    • DJ Hussey 8 (9b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 10 (9b 1x4)
    • MC Henriques 1-0-12-0
    • JK Lalor 2-0-12-0
8.1

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stumps, digs it out for a single

8.2

Bopara to Hussey, no run, snorter! piched on off and held its line, play and a miss

8.3

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, touch short on off and pulled to deep mid wicket

8.4

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, slower bouncer on leg stump and hooked to short fine leg

8.5

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, god length delivery on off stump and punched to covers for a single

8.6

Bopara to Wade, 1 wide, wild-wide down the leg side

8.6

Bopara to Wade, 1 wide, much closer than the previous delivery but still a wide

8.6

Bopara to Wade, 1 wide, wide again on leg stump, three in a row now

8.6

Bopara to Wade, 2 runs, low full toss and a thick inside edge to on side

End of over 9 (9 runs) Melbourne Stars 77/3

    • MS Wade 14 (12b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 10 (12b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-9-0
    • MC Henriques 1-0-12-0
9.1

Henriques to Hussey, FOUR, fuller outside off and lofts it over point, fielder sprints in but all in vain

9.2

Henriques to Hussey, 1 run, dabs to third man for a single

9.3

Henriques to Wade, SIX, shot!! short on middle and leg, Wade walks at him and pulled it over mid wicket

9.4

Henriques to Wade, FOUR, super shot over covers, width offered and whacked it. Sheer power

9.5

Henriques to Wade, 1 run, round the stumps, angled in and nudged to fine leg for a single

9.6

Henriques to Hussey, 1 run, slower delivery on off and nudged to vacant third man region

End of over 10 (17 runs) Melbourne Stars 94/3

    • DJ Hussey 16 (15b 2x4)
    • MS Wade 25 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • MC Henriques 2-0-29-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-9-0
10.1

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 run, makes room and follwed by the bowler, inside edge to fine leg

10.2

Hazlewood to Wade, no run, good delivery on off stump channel and pushed to point

10.3

Hazlewood to Wade, 1 run, rocks back and cuts a length delivery to backward point

10.4

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 run, opts to bowl a fuller one and played down the ground

10.5

Hazlewood to Wade, 1 run, on the pads, played with soft hands and scampered for a quick single

10.6

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 wide, oh called wide, length delivery outside off and Huss failed to reach at that

10.6

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 wide, wide down the leg side this time, gifting some runs here

10.6

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 run, length deivery and dabs to third man for a single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 101/3

    • DJ Hussey 19 (18b 2x4)
    • MS Wade 27 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-17-2
    • MC Henriques 2-0-29-0
11.1

O'Keefe to Hussey, 1 leg bye, drifted down the leg and kissed his pad on its way

Rohit: "With such a strong strong batting line up these three wickets are not going to stop these batsmen from hitting all along. Oh man!"

11.2

O'Keefe to Wade, 1 run, tossed up on off side and swept to on side, short fine leg fieler dives and makes a good stop

11.3

O'Keefe to Hussey, 1 run, swept to fine leg for a single

11.4

O'Keefe to Wade, 5 wides, saw him coming and fired it in but down the leg side. Smith had no chance

11.4

O'Keefe to Wade, no run, left alone

11.5

O'Keefe to Wade, 1 run, shuffled across and a paddled to on side, loud cry for lbw but the Umpire says "Not out" much to the dismay of the bowler

11.6

O'Keefe to Hussey, 1 run, nudged to square leg for a single

End of over 12 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 111/3

    • DJ Hussey 21 (21b 2x4)
    • MS Wade 29 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-14-1
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-17-2
12.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, pulled to mid wicket

12.2

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, hits it flat and hard, but falls short of the sprinting fielder

12.3

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, fuller delivery and played down the ground

12.4

Bopara to Wade, SIX, Wade goes huge and clears mid wicket fence quite easily

12.5

Bopara to Wade, no run, length delivery and played back to the bowler

12.6

Bopara to Wade, OUT, bowled him!! jags back in from outside off, Wade tried to run it past the keeper, but it was too close to play that shot and he has been cleaned up

MS Wade b Bopara 36 (45m 25b 2x4 2x6) SR: 144.00

End of over 13 (9 runs) Melbourne Stars 120/4

    • DJ Hussey 23 (23b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-18-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-14-1
13.1

O'Keefe to Hussey, 1 wide, wide down the leg

13.1

O'Keefe to Hussey, 2 runs, pulled to fine leg

13.2

O'Keefe to Hussey, 1 run, played down the ground

13.3

O'Keefe to Maxwell, 2 runs, nudged to on side and scampered for the second

Manu: "25 extras already???no wonder score ll be above 200"

13.4

O'Keefe to Maxwell, 1 run

13.5

O'Keefe to Hussey, 2 runs

13.6

O'Keefe to Hussey, FOUR, lofted it over covers for four more

End of over 14 (13 runs) Melbourne Stars 133/4

    • DJ Hussey 32 (27b 3x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 3 (2b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-27-1
    • RS Bopara 2-0-18-1
14.1

Lee to Maxwell, 1 wide, wide down the leg again

jc: "First they have a huge batting line up and sydeny helping them with free runs from wides"

14.1

Lee to Maxwell, 1 run, fuller outside off and driven to covers for a single

14.2

Lee to Hussey, no run, full and straight. old fashioned yorker and digs it out

14.3

Lee to Hussey, no run, short and quick on middle and off, play and a miss

14.4

Lee to Hussey, 1 run, fuller delivery, toe crucher, digs it out for a single

14.5

Lee to Maxwell, no run, another classic Brett Lee yorker, Max had nothing to do with it as he digs it out

14.6

Lee to Maxwell, 1 wide, fuller down the leg and called wide, count moves to 21

14.6

Lee to Maxwell, 2 runs, fuller outside off and driven past the cover for couple more

End of over 15 (6 runs) Melbourne Stars 139/4

    • GJ Maxwell 6 (5b)
    • DJ Hussey 33 (30b 3x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-31-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-27-1
15.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, fuller on the pads and nudged to on side

15.2

Bopara to Maxwell, FOUR, reverse sweep for a medium pacer and goes over point

15.3

Bopara to Maxwell, FOUR, another one and splits point and short third man

15.4

Bopara to Maxwell, no run, advances down the track and puched back to the bowler

15.5

Bopara to Maxwell, SIX, short on off stump and pulled it over square leg and the crowd goes berserk

15.6

Bopara to Maxwell, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump and opts to reverse sweep him again

End of over 16 (16 runs) Melbourne Stars 155/4

    • GJ Maxwell 21 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 34 (31b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 3-0-34-1
    • B Lee 3-0-31-0
16.1

Lalor to Maxwell, SIX, full toss on off stump, Maxi on the back-foot says thank you very much and pulled it over mid wicket

16.2

Lalor to Maxwell, FOUR, low full toss and whacked it straight, as the fielder sprints in and makes a mess, four more

16.3

Lalor to Maxwell, 2 runs, goes down on one knee and slogged to mid wicket for a couple more

16.4

Lalor to Maxwell, 2 runs, fuller outside off and dragged to long on for two more

16.5

Lalor to Maxwell, 1 wide, slower bouncer but down the wrong line

16.5

Lalor to Maxwell, 1 run, fuller outside off and steered it past point

16.6

Lalor to Hussey, FOUR, fuller outside off and cracked it past covers, don't bother chasing it

End of over 17 (20 runs) Melbourne Stars 175/4

    • DJ Hussey 38 (32b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 36 (15b 3x4 2x6)
    • JK Lalor 3-0-32-0
    • RS Bopara 3-0-34-1
17.1

Hazlewood to Maxwell, no run, length delivery and tried for a cheeky scoop, play and a miss

17.2

Hazlewood to Maxwell, 1 run, fired it in and digs it out for a single

17.3

Hazlewood to Hussey, 1 bye, full and speared it in but they still scamper for a single

17.4

Hazlewood to Maxwell, OUT, fuller delivery on off stump, Maxi tried to scoop over the keepers head but only managed to find short third man

GJ Maxwell c Lalor b Hazlewood 37 (20m 18b 3x4 2x6) SR: 205.55

17.5

Hazlewood to Hussey, 2 runs, fuller and played along the carpet for a couple more

17.6

Hazlewood to Hussey, no run, full and wide, excellent delivery

End of over 18 (4 runs) Melbourne Stars 179/5

    • DJ Hussey 40 (35b 4x4)
    • JP Faulkner 0 (0b)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-20-3
    • JK Lalor 3-0-32-0
18.1

Lalor to Faulkner, no run, angled away from the batsman, play and a miss

18.2

Lalor to Faulkner, 1 run, fuller outside off, driven to covers and scampered for a sucidal run

18.3

Lalor to Hussey, 1 run, fuller again and drives it past covers

18.4

Lalor to Faulkner, SIX, dropped!! length delivery and slogged to long on region, Lumb runs across for the catch and he has helped it over the rope for six

18.5

Lalor to Faulkner, 1 run, driven to cover for a single

18.6

Lalor to Hussey, FOUR, take that!! makes room and clobbered a fuller delivery ove covers for good looking boundary

End of over 19 (13 runs) Melbourne Stars 192/5

    • DJ Hussey 45 (37b 5x4)
    • JP Faulkner 8 (4b 1x6)
    • JK Lalor 4-0-45-0
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-20-3
19.1

Lee to Faulkner, 1 bye, pacy delivery on middle and leg, slog and a miss but they still steal a bye

19.2

Lee to Hussey, 2 runs, full and straight, yorker length delivery and drilld to long on for a couple more

19.3

Lee to Hussey, 1 bye, fuller, oh it alomst crushed his toes and they run for another bye, extras count moves to 31

19.4

Lee to Faulkner, 1 run, fuller delivery on leg stump and whacked to short mid wicket region

19.5

Lee to Hussey, 2 runs, altered his length and bowled a short delivery, Huss on the back foot pulled to long on

19.6

Lee to Hussey, 1 run, speared it in and slogged to short mid wicket for a single

karthik: "Guess it will be an another great successful run chase.."

And the target for Sixers will be 201. Not an easy score to chase it down under lights. Sixers conceded way too many extras. Wade, Maxwell and Hussey played a decent knock and helped Melbourne Stars to post a psychological 200 mark. Do join us for the chase!!

End of over 20 (8 runs) Melbourne Stars 200/5

    • DJ Hussey 50 (41b 5x4)
    • JP Faulkner 9 (6b 1x6)
    • B Lee 4-0-37-0
    • JK Lalor 4-0-45-0
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