Marcus Stoinis’s blistering fifty, well captain Glenn Maxwell’s fast 39 and Adam Zampa’s badly 2-10 helped the Melbourne Stars to two wins in two matches. As they scored for the first time on Saturday in Canberra 169 runs double header at Sydney Thunder’s Manuka Oval.
After the Stars were eliminated from the opening match. Stoinis wasted no time and ran a score of fifty off 29 balls on a track that became difficult to score as the game progressed. He came off the field with a straight six off the third ball of the game in BBL 2020-21 and never looked back. He bowled Chris Green in the boundary-filled third over. Which went for 17 runs before Nathan McAndrew took three more in the powerplay. After opener Andre Fletcher was dismissed from both sides.
Stoinis then teamed up with Maxwell for a quick 56-run stand for the second wicket. With the Stars scoring 56/1 after their powerplay to register their half-century in the eighth over. Jonathan Cook was a huge success when he hit a four off the opener. With a six off the half-dozen fours, off Stoinis’ score of 61.
Maxwell himself scored 39 off 29 balls, hitting four boundaries, dismissing the Stars at 133/4 in the 15th over. However, starting with Maxwell, a late collapse. The Stars stopped just 166 of their allotted overs, losing five wickets for 34 runs.
The Thunder were initially solid in their chase of 167. But being behind the asking rate meant that they missed the Bash Boost Point despite a superb half-century from their captain Callum Ferguson. Liam Hatcher and Adam Zampa starred with the ball, distributing five wickets between them and chasing their badly chanted spells. As a result, the Thunder could manage only 147 in response.
Usman Khwaja was a victim of DRS deficiency, he had to attempt a catch out in one stroke, which was confirmed, getting off the pads. A flurry of dots, after which the wicket ensured that the stars took control. Alex Hales and Ferguson shared a 69-run partnership for the second wicket, but the Thunder trailed by both being dismissed in the interval of 25 runs. Alex Ross’ 18th was the best score among all batsmen at number 4 and below. fifty
Zampa showed why he is one of Australia’s finest spinning possessions. As he conceded just 10 runs from his four overs with no boundaries and gave the Thunder at least 15 dot equal points.
Brief Score: Melbourne Stars 169/8 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 61, Glenn Maxwell 39; Daniel Samms 2-24), Sydney Thunder in 20 overs 147/9 (Callum Ferguson 54, Alex Hales 46; 0) Hatcher 3- 28; Adam Zampa 2-10) scoring 22 runs