Marcus Stoinis 97* had proved to be enough for Melbourne Stars against the Hobart Hurricanes as they pulled out a 10-run victory over the hosts at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. A brave decision to not take the single on the second ball off the final over. Stoinis proved his decision right by scoring 14 runs off the next four balls as Stars scored 183 runs in their 20 overs. Hobart, in their innings, played well but a slow-paced inning from Ben McDermott had left them with no balls left as they were 10 runs short in the end.
The 27th match of the BBL was staged between Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes. Stars were on the losing streak but they had come back strong and win it by 10 runs. Battle of the top orders was won by Marcus Stoinis whose 97 not out proved to be enough to earn them a hard-fought 10 runs victory.
Melbourne Stars innings – Marcus Stoinis refused single, scored 14 off the next 4
Andre Fletcher and Marcus Stoinis were the Stars’ openers. Fletcher, who is having a lean BBL with the bat, once again failed to make an impact. Getting out in the first over on the 4th ball, getting caught behind after hitting two fours.
After that, a quick couple of wickets to further slowdown the innings that also included the big wicket of the Glenn Maxwell who got out after scoring just 6 this time.
Nicholas Pooran then joined Stoinis and the party began. The duo scored 60 runs in 36 balls to take the score to 109 in the 13th over. The whole innings revolved around Stoinis with Pooran and Hilton Cartwright playing the supporting roles. Pooran scored 26 runs off 21 balls while Cartwright scored 36 runs off 24 balls that included 22 runs in boundaries; one four and three sixes.
A brace decision in the final over. Marcus Stoinis refused to take a single in the on the second ball of the final over. The next four balls read as; 4, 4, 4, 2. 14 runs off the final four balls with Stoinis getting the most of the remaining balls by refusing the single. The innings ended at 183-6. Stoinis finished with 97 runs that included seven fours and seven sixes.
Nathan Elis picked up three wickets while Riley Meredith grabbed two wickets.
Hobart Hurricanes innings – McDermott innings of 91 not enough
Chasing 183 requires quick scoring from the start. But that didn’t happen. Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short opened the innings for Hurricanes but it was a slow start altogether.
Short had had quick 70-odd runs in the start of the BBL 10 but he has somewhat lost his touch recently. Again getting out in the 5th over without any impact.
Dawid Malan, the number one T20I batsman, and Colin Ingram chipped in with some runs but Hurricanes lacked a promising innings from any of their batsmen in the early phase of the innings.
At the 10-over mark, Hurricanes reached 60-1 needing 124 runs from the last 10 overs. They managed to score 114 runs and lost by 10 runs.
After that, McDermott got into his groove and hit some shots. Keeping the one end firm, McDermott keep scoring runs. Hurricanes needed 40 runs in the last three overs. 9 runs were scored in the 18th over and 10 runs were scored in the 19th over. McDermott also got out in the on the last ball of the penultimate over courtesy a brilliant six-saving, high-flying, running catch from Andre Fletcher. The second high-five catch from the West Indian to bring his team to the victory.
Needed 21 runs off the final over, and that never happened. Hurricanes lost the game by 10 runs.
Ben McDermott scored 91 runs off 58 balls with eight fours and five sixes but he scored 27 runs off his first 29 balls before a surge came but that was too late in the end as Hurricanes ran out of balls.
Sam Rainbird picked up a couple of wickets.
Marcus Stoinis was the man of the match of the night for his unbeaten 97 runs off 55 balls that included seven fours and seven sixes.
Man of the Match: Marcus Stoinis
Result: Melbourne Stars won by 10 runs
Points: Melbourne Stars 4, Hobart Hurricanes 0