Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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7.09 pm: Nick Larkin has been named Man of the Match for his superb knock of 65 off 45. Ensured Stars didn't allow the required rate to balloon upwards while Stoinis was struggling to get a move on, and then brought them to the doorstep of victory. They stumbled through it, true, but it was a fine hand by Larkin.

7.02 pm: Close run thing in the end, but the Stars held their nerve, just about. They were 123 for 1 in 16.1 overs, strolling easily to the target with 20 needed off 23. They contrived to bring that to 1 needed off 3 while losing six wickets in three overs. But eventually, they had enough to get over the line. Fine innings by Larkin and a steady hand by Stoinis. Before that, Haris Rauf led the way with the ball, bowling with fire and accuracy, to keep Thunder down to what proved to be a gettable total - just. With that Stars also go to the top of the table.

McAndrew to Zampa, 1 run, Zampa's done it for Stars. Finally. Full ball tailing into him, he nudges it past square leg and they scamper the winning run comfortably.

1 needed off 3. Adam Zampa to face hat-trick ball. midwicket, square leg, straight mid-on, regular mid-on. Ring on the offside. Fine leg back

McAndrew to Hinchliffe, OUT, trapped him lbw Oh my word, this is a thriller like no other. Length ball, jagged in and hit him on the knee roll of the back leg. Terrible choice of shot, trying to swipe across the line. The umpire takes an age to raise his finger, but he does it eventually. Stars fleetingly would have thought they won it by running a leg-bye. Not quite yet.

CD Hinchliffe lbw b McAndrew 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hinchliffe is the new batsman. Just one to win. But tension's rising.

McAndrew to Coulter-Nile, OUT, caught at mid-on. Ho ho ho, this match is not over yet folks. Full and straight delivery, NCN, moved across and flicked it off his toes, timed it well actually. but there is a wide mid-on in place - in addition to the shorter, straighter mid-on, and he picks him out perfectly.

NM Coulter-Nile c Morris b McAndrew 5 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Scores tied.

McAndrew to Handscomb, 1 run, yorker on the fifth stump, he shuffles across and taps it towards square leg. They sneak a quick single

We're down to the final over. McAndrew to bowl. Only two needed. But can Stars get those two runs without implosions? 8 fielders in the circle.

19 | 3 Runs | MS: 141/5 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 2.00)

  • Nathan Coulter-Nile5 (5b)
  • Peter Handscomb3 (4b)
  • Chris Morris4-0-24-2
  • Daniel Sams4-1-25-3
Morris to Coulter-Nile, no run, full ball tailing in, inside edges the flick onto pad. No run.
Morris to Coulter-Nile, no run, nails the yorker on middle stump, the batsman digs it back out to the bowler's right. A very straight and short mid-on fields

packed ring on the offside.

Morris to Handscomb, 1 run, misses the yorker, ends up as a full toss outside off, flicked to deep square leg. Could have had a boundary, but a single will also do for Stars
Morris to Handscomb, no run, yorker length outside off, driven off the front foot by opening the bat face, but can't beat cover

Madhu: "Cricinfo fantasy team prediction is perfect today. Stoinis captain and Morris vice captain. Good call"

Morris to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, well bowled, yorker on middle and off, but well negotiated, getting bat down in time and angling it to steer the ball towards point
Morris to Handscomb, 1 run, run out chance missed - second one in two overs. Fuller on the stumps, just tapped it towards mid-on and ran. Bit of scrambled thinking there. Mid-on ran in and had a shy, but missed the stumps.

Just 5 needed to win now. 12 balls remaining. Even Stars can't lose from here, you'd think.

18 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | MS: 138/5 (5 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 2.50)

  • Nathan Coulter-Nile4 (2b)
  • Peter Handscomb1 (1b)
  • Daniel Sams4-1-25-3
  • Chris Morris3-0-21-2
Sams to Coulter-Nile, FOUR runs, and Coulter-Nile has just anti-climaxed a thrilling finish. Full ball on the stumps, driven crisply down the ground, very straight, to find the boundary.
Sams to Coulter-Nile, 1 wide, bouncer on leg stump, he ducks under it. and it's been given a wide. the bowler can't believe it.
Sams to Coulter-Nile, no run, full ball outside off, steered to backward point. No hat-trick, but it's a dot ball

Stars needed 20 from 23 and had 9 wickets in hand. They now need 10 from 14 and have 5 wickets in hand.

Sams to Dunk, OUT, bowled him! What a ball, what a time to strike, and what a nail-biter this is turning into suddenly. Pitched on a length and jagged back into the left-hander sharply, past the bat and cannons into the stumps.

BR Dunk b Sams 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Some butterflies in tummies now, surely.

Sams to Maxwell, OUT, caught behind! What is happening to the Stars. Three wickets in the last nine balls when they were cruising. This was a full ball outside off, and Maxwell tried to steer it fine, but only snicked it through to the keeper.

GJ Maxwell c †Gilkes b Sams 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sams to Handscomb, 1 run, run out chance missed at the non-striker's end. Pressure, pressure! There was no run there with the ball tapped down the wicket, but they went for the run anyway. Handscombe was miles out as Sams sprinted down the track, gathered the ball and had a shy, but missed the stumps.
Sams to Maxwell, 1 run, whoa, what a shot! He was shaping to pull this, but changed his mind at the last moment because it was a slower bouncer. Ends up hanging his bat and it takes the outside edge to fly past the keeper

Two batsmen at the crease, none of whom have faced a ball yet. Sams has the ball, Maxwell on strike. 12 off 18 needed. Stars still favourites.

17 | 12 Runs 2 Wkts | MS: 131/3 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 4.00)

  • Glenn Maxwell0 (0b)
  • Chris Morris3-0-21-2
  • Arjun Nair2-0-16-0
Morris to Stoinis, OUT, Stoinis has shovelled this down long-on's throat. I'ts more of a deep mid-on almost. Full ball on the stumps, he went deep and used his powerful wrists to hit it sweetly - but straight to the man. is there a twist in the tale?

MP Stoinis c Green b Morris 58 (51b 4x4 2x6) SR: 113.72

Morris to Stoinis, 2 runs, short ball outside off, he fetches the pull from there and connects, but a dive to his right by mid-off ensures there's no boundary
Morris to Stoinis, 2 runs, fuller, and flicked to deep midwicket

Melb Stars 2nd innings Partnerships

0MP StoinisNJ Maddinson
123MP StoinisNCR Larkin
8MP StoinisGJ Maxwell
2GJ MaxwellPSP Handscomb
0PSP HandscombBR Dunk
9NM Coulter-NilePSP Handscomb
0PSP HandscombCD Hinchliffe
1PSP HandscombA Zampa

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