10th Match (N), Sydney, Dec 27 2018, Big Bash League
(14.5/20 ov, target 131)
Melb Stars won by 5 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Melbourne Stars
MS Innings
Full commentary

The Stars win by five wickets with 31 balls to spare. That was a clinic from Peter Handscomb. Magnificent batting on a surface where a lot of players had trouble timing the ball. He used his feet beautifully and timed the ball sweetly. He is the Player of the Match. Handscomb tells Channel Seven "I said before the game it's only two games into a 14-game season. Hopefully this can kick start us and get us on a roll now." The Stars get their first win of the season. The Sixers have lost two in a row. The Sixers need to regroup against the Renegades in two days time. Thanks for your company tonight. Join us again tomorrow night as the Hurricanes host the Thunder in Hobart, Until then, goodbye.

Dwarshuis to Gulbis, FOUR runs
short ball wide of off, he cracks a pull shot wide of mid on!
Dwarshuis to Gulbis, no run
big flash and miss driving on the up at a ball angled across
Dwarshuis to Gulbis, no run
he pushes off the back foot to the right of backward point

Two slips in

Dwarshuis to Stoinis, OUT
caught behind! Slower ball wide of off does the trick. He just rolled the fingers over an off cutter, he leaned back to leather it through point, got a thin edge through to the keeper
MP Stoinis c †Philippe b Dwarshuis 10 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00
Dwarshuis to Stoinis, FOUR runs
punched off the back foot wide of mid off! This was hit with incredible power! He just stood up and crushed it past the man on the circle
end of over 1410 runs
MS: 124/4CRR: 8.85 • RRR: 1.16 • Need 7 runs from 36b
Dwayne Bravo9 (4)
Marcus Stoinis6 (6)
Joe Denly2-0-19-0
Ben Dwarshuis3-0-18-2
Denly to Bravo, FOUR runs
brilliant slog sweep picking the gap at deep midwicket! He took the chance hitting against the turn and found the gap well
Denly to Stoinis, 1 run
full outside off, he drives to long off for a single
Denly to Bravo, 1 run
short ball on leg, he was back and whipping this to deep midwicket
Denly to Stoinis, 1 run
78kph leg break, he pushes a drive just back past Denly diving to his left and down to long off
Denly to Stoinis, 2 runs
leg break, tossed up, he chips this lifting it up and over cover for an easy two
Denly to Bravo, 1 run
leg break on off, he pushes forward to cover's left and they pinch one

Denly on

end of over 135 runs • 2 wicket
MS: 114/4CRR: 8.76 • RRR: 2.42 • Need 17 runs from 42b
Dwayne Bravo3 (1)
Marcus Stoinis2 (3)
Ben Dwarshuis3-0-18-2
Sean Abbott3-0-27-0
Dwarshuis to Bravo, 3 runs
full outside off, he pierces the gap a cover with a trademark drive leaning back, doesn't get it to the rope but runs three

Michael: "I had a century and a five-for against my nephews in a game of backyard yesterday! Expecting a call-up to play for NSW tomorrow. Different formats, sure, but you can only perform in the format you're playing! (Handscomb is not an international test batsman at this stage)" He looked a cut above this level tonight. And has looked good at Shield level. Which might say more about Australian domestic cricket at the moment than Handscomb

Dwarshuis to Stoinis, 1 run
short ball, 135kph, on off, he pulls to deep forward square
Dwarshuis to Maxwell, OUT
caught at mid on! He skies a top edge straight up! Shorter length, not quite short enough to pull, he got a top edge off the toe end of the bat, it flew straight up to mid on, Silk cruises under it and takes the catch comfortably
GJ Maxwell c Silk b Dwarshuis 8 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72
Dwarshuis to Stoinis, 1 run
145kph, good length, wide of off, he runs this off the face to third man
Dwarshuis to Stoinis, no run
129kph, good length wide of off, he lets this go
Dwarshuis to Handscomb, OUT
caught at mid off! Henriques held this one. Fuller on off, he tries to place this wide of mid off instead of going over the top, but he didn't time it, Henriques moving to his left on the circle takes the catch at waist-height
PSP Handscomb c Henriques b Dwarshuis 70 (35b 9x4 3x6) SR: 200.00
end of over 126 runs
MS: 109/2CRR: 9.08 • RRR: 2.75 • Need 22 runs from 48b
Glenn Maxwell8 (10)
Peter Handscomb70 (34)
Sean Abbott3-0-27-0
Ben Dwarshuis2-0-13-0
Abbott to Maxwell, no run
125kph, back of a length, he backs away and hammers it back at Abbott who blocks it off the body! He smashed that