Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
The Sydney Sixers on Friday bulldozed Melbourne Stars to make it to the finals of the Big Bash League. Given a target of 143, Melbourne Stars were rolled over for 99 at the MCG.
The winner of tomorrow’s game between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers will face Melbourne Stars on February 6. Sixers’ impressive bowling performance was led by Sean Abbott and Steve O’Keefe, denying the opposition of hitting any six in their innings.
Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood also impressed with his performance – removing Peter Handscomb and Coulter-Nile to return with figures of 2 for 14 from 3 overs. Marcus Stoinis, who impressed with his batting performances throughout the tournament, went early in the peace after finding the mid-on fielder off Dwarshuis’ bowling. He could only make 5 off 6 balls.
Skipper Glenn Maxwell didn’t impress either when he mistimed a lofted shot to long-off as Stars were reduced to 55 for 6 at that point. Hinchliffe was the highest run-scorer in the line-up for his run-a-ball 25. The lower order was cleaned up by skipper Sean Abbott – returning with excellent figures of 3 for 23 in his four overs.
Earlier, the Stars were bolstered by the presence of Haris Rauf – who returned to the squad after his appearance for Pakistan in Bangladesh T20Is – as well as Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Sixers, starting moderately in the powerplay, were handed a blow by Adam Zampa, who nipped out James Vince (12 off 14 balls). In the very next over, Haris Rauf hurried Josh Phillipe in his pull shot, returning a straight forward catch to the bowler.
The duo of Henriques and Smith hung around for a short while but the skipper became the victim of Stoinis, who was bowling in the tournament for the first time. The wheels started to come off as Smith was removed by Zampa to reduced Sixers to 4 for 98 in 13 overs.
Jordan Silk’s valuable contribution down the order got Sixers to a 142, which proved to be more than enough for the Stars.