Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis combined to wrap up a second victory in as many attempts over Sydney Thunder. Stoinis first batted the Stars’ innings to take the score to a challenging one and them Zampa bowled economically to derail the Thunder’s chase and winning the game by 22 runs.
The 3rd match of the BBL 10 was between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. Stars had already completed a six-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes and is playing their second match consecutively. However, it was a pretty decent outing for them. This time winning the toss and opting to bat first, scored 169 on the back of good innings from Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. After that good bowling from Stars’ bowlers won them their second match despite good efforts from Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson.
Melbourne Stars innings – Stoinis announces himself in BBL 10
Back to back games for Melbourne Stars after their six-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes last night. Once again Marcus Stoinis and Andre Fletcher came out to bat as Stars’ openers. After missing out in the last game, Stoinis, this time announces himself in the tournament.
After a good start from both the openers, Fletcher missed out, LBW by Tanveer Sangha. Glenn Maxwell, who was destructive in his innings of 46 last night with three sixes, came out to bat next at one-down.
A 56-run second-wicket partnership was going well before Stoinis was undone by Jonathan Cook and was caught on deep extra-cover.
With 98 runs at the end of the 11th over with the loss of just two wicket, the Stars were set for a daunting total at the Manuka Oval. But that didn’t happen.
Wickets started to fell at regular intervals. Maxwell, who scored a match-winning 46 runs in the previous match, scored 39 runs off 29 balls but after his departure, the innings was never ignited.
Final score reached at 169-8, not the score that Stars would have wanted but still a fighting one.
Tanveer Sangha, Dainel Sams, and Chris Green picked up couple of wickets each.
Sydney Thunder innings – Zampa, bowlers made it two in two for Stars
The innings was started by Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales and for Stars, it was Glenn Maxwell to open the bowling. A good couple of overs for Thunder before Khawaja was out by Dilbar Hussain on his first ball of the night.
Captain Callum Ferguson came to the crease with much to do. Hales and Ferguson combined to put up a half-century stand and took the score to 90 in the 12th over.
With 80 runs to score in the last 8 overs, it all started for to fell away for Thunder. Liam Hatcher was the partnership-breaker as he got Hales for 46 runs.
A couple of overs later, Ferguson too departed for his 54 runs and after that, there was nothing too much to show on the scorecard.
In the last 8 overs, only 57 runs were scored at the loss of 8 wickets with no significant contribution from the remaining Thunder’s batsmen.
Adam Zampa bowled exceptionally. In the powerplay, in the middle overs, in the death overs, Zampa only conceded 10 runs and picked up two wickets in his final over.
The innings ended at the score of 147-9.
Liam Hatcher picked up three wickets while Adam Zampa and Hilton Cartwright picked up two wickets each. Zampa was significant in his bowling and returned with the figures of 10-2 in his four overs.
Adam Zampa was the man of the match of the night for his figures of 10-2 in four overs.
Man of the Match: Adam Zampa
Result: Melbourne Stars win by 22 runs
Points: Melbourne Stars 4, Sydney Thunder 0