10th Match (N), Sydney, Dec 27 2018, Big Bash League
(14.5/20 ov, target 131)132/5
Stars won by 5 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
player of the match
Peter Handscomb
Melbourne Stars

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

Marcus Stoinis c †Philippe b Dwarshuis 10 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125
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: 1.17 • 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 wickets
MS: 114/4CRR: 8.76 • RRR: 2.43 • 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

Glenn Maxwell c Silk b Dwarshuis 8 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.73
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

Peter Handscomb c Henriques b Dwarshuis 70 (35b 9x4 3x6) SR: 200