19th Match (D/N), Sydney, Jan 2 2020, Big Bash League
(19.4/20 ov)143/7
Stars won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Nick Larkin
Melbourne Stars

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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.

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

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.

Nathan 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.

end of over 193 runs
MS: 141/5CRR: 7.42 RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 runs from 6b
Nathan Coulter-Nile5 (5)
Peter Handscomb3 (4)
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.