Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up four wickets in the lead-up to a six-wicket win in their opening match against Brisbane Heat. Coulter-Nile never let the opposition stable in their innings as he also affected two runouts. Chris Lynn-led Heat ended up scoring 125 in their quota of 20 overs which was too easy for the likes of Glenn Maxwell.
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The second match of the BBL 10 was between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. Stars won the toss and put the opposition to bat and the decision paid off. Good opening spell pegged back the innings which never went off after that. Slow run-rate and continuous wickets had finally seen the score of 125 which Stars chased in the 18th over at the cost of four wickets.
Brisbane Heat innings – Coulter-Nile led the pace attack
Max Bryant and Sam Heazlett came out to bat for Brisbane Heat. The innings started very cautiously as the openers scored 19 runs in four overs.
The first wicket fell on the first ball of the 5th over. Chris Lynn, the player with the most BBL sixes came to the crease and smashed Adam Zampa to add one more to his tally.
Nathan Coulter-Nile came out to bowl in the 8th over and immediately was effective. Edging Bryant to the keeper on his second delivery.
Then it all started. Wickets tumbling which never really recovered.
In the 12th over, Coulter-Nile picked the most important wicket of the match, Chris Lynn was out. Coulter-Nile picked up wicket on his first delivery of the spell for the second time.
Runs dried up and then it was just a matter of time. The score was 106-4 at the end of the 16th over. As the team was looking to end on a high, Dilbar Hussain, who was a surprise pick-up for the team last year, took back to back wickets and the remaining six wickets were done and dusted for just 19 runs.
The innings ended with back to back wickets for Coulter-Nile and he ended with the figures of four wickets and conceding just 10 runs.
Nathan Coulter-Nile had a wonderful outing picking up four wickets for just 10 runs. Dilbar Hussain picked up two wickets for just 25 runs.
Melbourne Stars innings – Too easy for the Stars batsmen
With the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell, the target of 126 runs don’t stand a chance. Stoinis and Andre Fletcher were the openers but it was a two-ball-stay for Stoinis. Xavier Bartlett got him second ball.
And soon, Fletcher was out in the fourth over for just 12 runs with one four and one six.
Soon after the powerplay, Ben Dunk was out and the score was halted to 34-3 in 6.1 overs.
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Maxwell bludgeoned with his batting skills powering three fours and three sixes on his way to a quick 46 runs off 26 balls. But he was not till the end to take his team home eventually got out in the 15th over.
The chase was completed in the 18th over with no further loss and Melbourne Stars won their opening game.
Jack Wood picked up a couple of wickets.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was the man of the match of the night for his four wickets for just 10 runs.
Man of the Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile
Result: Melbourne Stars win by 6 wickets
Points: Melbourne Stars 4, Brisbane Heat 0