Test discard Peter Handscomb struck 70 off 35 balls as he powered Melbourne Stars to a five-wicket win over Sydney Sixers.
The Stars got off to a great start with Adam Zampa snagging the wicket of Jack Edwards who was stumped by returning star Peter Handscomb. The next wicket came two overs later with DJ Bravo catching Joe Denly just as he was starting to fins his feet.
Nepalese hero Sandeep Lamichhane became the leading wicket-taker in the BBL; his two big wickets of Daniel Hughes and Tom Curran saw him climb to the top of the leaderboard with seven wickets for the season.
The wickets were spread evenly amongst the bowlers, with Zampa and Maxwell finishing with one each, while Bravo and Lamichhane ended their spells with two wickets apiece. Fast bowler Jackson Coleman was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 3-18 after 3 overs.
The Sixers ended their innings at 9-130.
After losing Ben Dunk early on, Peter Handscomb made a triumphant return to the BBL. A lucky break for the Stars saw Handscomb dropped on 57 by Sixers captain Moises Henriques. Handscomb led the way with 70 runs off 35 balls, including 9 fours and 3 sixes, before Moises Henriques caught Handscomb as he tried to loft one over the off-side.
The Stars finished the job with some great cameo performances by young gun Nick Larkin, Marcus Stoinis and DJ Bravo, who all scored quick-fire totals of 20, 10 and 9 respectively. Evan Gulbis sealed the deal with a boundary to win the match.