Result
56th Match, Melbourne, Feb 10 2019, Big Bash League
168/6
(13.4/20 ov, target 169)
74
Melb Stars won by 94 runs
Player Of The Match
Melbourne Stars
Match centre 
Commentator: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars168/6(20 overs)
Sydney Sixers74(13.4 overs)
end of over 144 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 74/10CRR: 5.41 • RRR: 15.00 • Need 95 from 38b
Steve O'Keefe11 (19)
Sandeep Lamichhane3.4-0-11-3
Adam Zampa4-0-15-2

The Stars win by 94 runs. How did that happen? The Stars get themselves into a semi-final against the Hurricanes on Thursday. The Sixers now have to travel to Melbourne to face the Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Friday because that 94-run defeat has dented their net run-rate so badly that they have finished third on the table behind the Renegades! That is the Sixers lowest score in BBL history. Just a stunning result for so many reasons. The Stars were 5 for 116 with 25 balls left in their batting innings and Glenn Maxwell changed the game with an innings of epic proportions. Glenn Maxwell is the Player of the Match for his 82 off 43 balls. He also took the key wicket of Moises Henriques and two excellent catches, one a stunner. The Stars head to Hobart with confidence. The Sixers must regroup after that. And they lose Tom Curran as he heads to the West Indies for England ODI duty. Thanks for your company from the MCG. Join us on Thursday from Hobart. Until then, goodbye.

13.4
w
Lamichhane to Pope, OUT
caught at cover! Tossed up on off, he just chips a drive straight to cover and the catch is taken easily! The Stars pull off a stunning performance!
L Pope c Stoinis b Lamichhane 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
13.3
Lamichhane to Pope, no run
full on off, he defends on the front foot to cover
13.2
4
Lamichhane to Pope, FOUR runs
tossed up outside off, he lofts a drive inside out over cover! What a shot from Pope! He hit that beautifully
13.1
Lamichhane to Pope, no run
leg break on off, he defends from the crease in hope, and it hits the middle of the bat
end of over 135 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 70/9CRR: 5.38 • RRR: 14.14 • Need 99 from 42b
Steve O'Keefe11 (19)
Lloyd Pope1 (1)
Adam Zampa4-0-15-2
Sandeep Lamichhane3-0-7-2
12.6
Zampa to O'Keefe, no run
quicker and shorter on off, he's back and defending
12.5
Zampa to O'Keefe, no run
full into leg stump, he defends to midwicket
12.4
2
Zampa to O'Keefe, 2 runs
dropped at cover! Hard chance. Really tough. Full outside off and he hammer a drive in the air at cover, Bird jumps up and gets hands to it but can't hang on, they get two
12.3
Zampa to O'Keefe, no run
leg break outside off, he leans out and defends on the front foot

Melwyn: "The Stars have not only got themselves into the final but they've also done their cross town rivals a bigger favour by denying the sixers a home semi final."

12.2
1
Zampa to Pope, 1 run
full toss outside off, he drives easily to deep cover-point

Can the Pope provide a miracle?

12.1
w
Zampa to O'Keefe, 2 runs, OUT
Lyon is run out pushing for three! Oh no! Short drag down, he's back pulling this off the bottom edge to fine leg, Sandeep runs a long way around to make the save, they push for three, Lyon is struggling, he dives, the bat bounces short of the line, his bat is over the line but in the air when Handscomb takes the bails off! Another horror dismissal!
NM Lyon run out (Lamichhane/†Handscomb) 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
end of over 121 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 65/8CRR: 5.41 • RRR: 13.00 • Need 104 from 48b
Nathan Lyon0 (2)
Steve O'Keefe7 (14)
Sandeep Lamichhane3-0-7-2
Adam Zampa3-0-10-2

Jose Cyriac: "I was planning to book tickets for the Semi Final @ SCG, hope the Sixers score 108 at least from here, just hoping against the hope." It's all on the GOAT

11.6
Lamichhane to Lyon, no run
tries to sweep again outside off, he misses and gets hit on the body
11.5
Lamichhane to Lyon, no run
leg break outside off, he tries to sweep, gets taken on the body

Much for the GOAT to do

11.4
w
Lamichhane to Dwarshuis, OUT
caught at slip! Magnificent from Sandeep! This is a spectacular wrong un, tossed up on off, Dwarshuis thinks it's a leg break, he drives hard, it spins away, catches the edge and Maxwell takes the easy catch
BJ Dwarshuis c Maxwell b Lamichhane 7 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

JP: "Can't give up on SS yet. The GOAT still in the shed."

11.3
1
Lamichhane to O'Keefe, 1 run
wrong un, he's back and punching this towards the gap at point

Rob: "Does it help the stars in any way to win by a big margin? If not, why are they spoiling my best laid plans?" It only affects the Sixers

11.2
Lamichhane to O'Keefe, no run
fuller outside off, he leans out and defends
11.1
Lamichhane to O'Keefe, no run
fuller on off, leg break, he drives to cover
end of over 115 runs
SS: 64/7CRR: 5.81 • RRR: 11.66 • Need 105 from 54b
Steve O'Keefe6 (11)
Ben Dwarshuis7 (6)
Adam Zampa3-0-10-2
Sandeep Lamichhane2-0-6-1

Stephen Burns: "With all teams being so inconsistent, and Hobart stumbling recently, you cannot rule out any of the 4 teams remaining to win the final."

10.6
1
Zampa to O'Keefe, 1 run
fuller leg break, he drives firmly to long off
10.5
2
Zampa to O'Keefe, 2 runs
wrong un, he defends off a thick inside edge behind square, they push for two and Sandeep was a little slow to it and they get two
Best performances - batsmen
GJ Maxwell
82 runs (43)
4 fours
6 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
on drive
32 runs
1 fours
4 sixes
101118243214
PSP Handscomb
35 runs (34)
4 fours
0 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
off drive
9 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
141701075
Best performances - bowlers
S Lamichhane
O
3.4
M
0
R
11
W
3
Eco
3.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
A Zampa
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
3.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossSydney Sixers , elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League 2018
Player Of The Match
Glenn Maxwell
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)14.45 start, First Session 14.45-16.05, Interval 16.05-16.25, Second Session 16.25- 17.45
Match days10 February 2019 (20-over match)
Umpires
Gerard Abood
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Geoff Joshua
Reserve Umpire
Dale Ireland
Match Referee
David Talalla
PointsMelbourne Stars 2, Sydney Sixers 0