41st Match, Melbourne, Jan 18 2020, Big Bash League
(20 ov, target 142)131/9
Stars won by 10 runs
Player Of The Match
25 (23) & 1/20
end of over 208 runs • 1 wicket
PS: 131/9CRR: 6.55 
Jhye Richardson9 (7)
Fawad Ahmed1 (1)
Nic Maddinson 4-0-24-3
Clint Hinchliffe 3-0-16-1

Melbourne Stars win by 10 wins in a brilliant defensive effort on a slow pitch. Nic Maddinson the story of the day with the ball, some brilliant captaincy from Glenn Maxwell, but the Perth Scorchers will need a long, hard look at themselves. They have had an awful travel schedule, but have produced two awful batting displays in the last few days. They need to pull it together to avoid slipping out of the finals. The Stars, meanwhile, are flying high.

James: "Every single over after the powerplay was spin. The Stars knew their strategy, and got it right."

Waseem: "This is brave captaincy. I mean how many times you have seen spinners and part-timers bowling during complete last 10 overs of T20 innings."

I'll wrap things up there for this match. You can head over and follow all the action from the second game of the day: the Sydney derby. I'll be back tomorrow, thanks for joining us. see you soon

Maddinson to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

a big swing, takes the toe end into the off side

Maddinson to Fawad, 1 run

pulled down the ground, straight to long-on. That's the game

Fawad Ahmed has hit a few sixes this season...needs two to force a Super Over!

Maddinson to Kelly, OUT

that's another for Maddinson! Holds his nerve, fires it between the inside edge and the pads as he comes down the pitch. A little juggle from Gotch, but it's all good

Matthew Kelly st †Gotch b Maddinson 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

13 off 3

Maddinson to Kelly, FOUR runs

finds the boundary! Clubbed from outside off and splits the gap perfectly between long-on and deep midwicket

Maddinson to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

short and very slow, almost dips under Richardson's bat, he swipes across the line

Maddinson to Kelly, 1 run

dragged down short, pulled to deep midwicket

So it's down to 19 needed off the last over. It's been a poor chase from the Scorchers, but superb stuff from the Stars. Who'd have thought Maddinson would be in this position?

end of over 197 runs • 1 wicket
PS: 123/8CRR: 6.47 RRR: 19.00
Jhye Richardson7 (5)
Matthew Kelly0 (0)
Clint Hinchliffe 3-0-16-1
Nic Maddinson 3-0-16-2
Hinchliffe to Jhye Richardson, 2 runs

short outside off, carved over the off side wide of the cover sweeper

Hinchliffe to Jordan, OUT

taken at long-on...and it's that man Maxwell! Jordan tried to go long down the ground, almost got enough of it but couldn't quite clear the rope. Maxwell so cool under such a crucial catch

Chris Jordan c Maxwell b Hinchliffe 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Luke : "Willing to admit when I'm wrong, Cartwright's knock was perfect for this pitch "

Hinchliffe to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

length ball outside off, steps back and drives to long-off

Hinchliffe to Jhye Richardson, 2 runs

dragged down short, pulls wide of long-on but Maxwell does brilliantly to get around and prevent the boundary

Hinchliffe to Jordan, 1 run

edged towards short third man

Hinchliffe to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

low full toss wide outside off, driven to long-off

26 off 12 needed, just three wickets in hand. Hinchliffe for the penultimate over