top edge runs away fine of fine leg and that is the victory sealed for Sixers, who finish top of the table by some distance. A sharp bouncer at the helmet, but he managed to get enough on it
10:47pm And that is the group stage done. Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers finish top two, and will face off at the Sixers' ground for a direct shot at the grand final. Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers are the teams that follow them into the playoffs. It will be Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers to start things off in the knockout phases, the winner will play third-placed Sydney Thunder. And the winner of that will take on the loser from the top-two clash. That is how things are lined up.
Much closer, it is Ben Dwarshuis who is Player of the Match for his three wickets and being part of the bowling effort that restricted Melbourne Stars early in the game. Stars needed all four points to go through and their batting in the first 10 overs simply made that untenable. Sixers got to that in eight overs, and had good batting efforts from Vince and Henriques at the start, and then Silk and Christian at the end. A beautifully paced chase after they had sealed first spot in eight overs. Thank you for joining us tonight. We will see you soon.
Short third, point, extra cover, mid-off and mid-on are the fielders in the circle
slower bouncer at off stump, pulled to deep square
high full toss and a miscued pull into the midwicket region. That was above waist height, surely? Certainly marginal, but not called
Trent: "Dan "fine wine" Christian"
oh and that will silence them! Short ball at leg stump, stands up tall with a forward press and smokes this pull over square leg
crowd comes to life as he beats the bat with a slower short ball that grips and climbs. He was backing away, looking to dab it past short third
This must be one of the lowest risk T20 chases in a long time. The required rate has been steep, but you woudnt't know it. They've brought it down to ten off the last over now. Can they seal it? Stanlake to try and stop them.
slower ball, short of a length at middle stump. Pulls to deep midwicket's right and they steal a second
full slower ball lobbed up outside off. Hammers it but straight to long-off along the ground
slower short ball, dug in at an off stump line. Walks at it and pulls to long-on's right
slower short ball outside off, backs away and cuts firmly and on the bounce to sweeper cover
short of a length in the corridor, punched to sweeper cover
Raja : "The more I watch Dan Christian, the more I wonder what he could've done more to be part of Aus Team for a longer period. I think he would've been there if the "Finisher" Faulkner didn't arrive."
swatted to the fine leg boundary. Slower ball at a length from around the wicket, walks down on it and takes it on despite being deceived in the pace. Bit off the top edge, but well clear of short fine
This has been a pretty breezy partnership to keep them in the game. Helps that Stars are a bit flat in the field right now
short of a length at off, backs away and steers this to short third with an open face
blazed past point! Whew. Vicious cut that one, short of a length delivery angled into him and he scythed hard
dropped! Short fine leg tips it over. It's a slower ball, short and into the hips. Swivels around for the pull and it's just over the fielder's head. He mistimes his stretch
slower short ball outisde off, adjusts his attempted and expertly pats it in front of deep extra cover with soft hands for the second
slower ball at a length, turning into leg stump. Pulls on the bounce to deep backward square
slower ball at a length outside off, waits on it and slashes to sweeper's left
slower length ball on middle stump, pulled to deep midwicket's right
slower length ball at off stump, walks at it and pushes to cover's left
full at off stump, walks down the pitch and whips this to deep midwicket's left