Hilfenhaus guides Melbourne Stars to a thrilling two wickets win
Melbourne Stars 153-8 (Hilfenhaus 32 no) beat
Adelaide Strikers 152-8 (Dunk 35) by two wickets
22nd match, Big Bash League, Melbourne
Ben Hilfenhaus with an unbeaten 32 along with the tailenders guided Melbourne Stars to a thrilling two wickets win against the Adelaide Strikers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Strikers had the Stars pinned down at 107 for six after 14 overs, however, Hilfenhaus along with Evan Gulbis (22) compiled a 37 runs partnership stand for the seventh wicket to cruise the hosts towards a hard-fought victory.
David Hussey after winning the toss invited the visitors to bat first.
After some nifty contributions from the top and middle order, the strikers had themselves properly positioned to post a target above 170, however, a collapse in the closing stages saw four wickets fall down in a span of just 11 balls as the Strikers managed to put up just 152 runs on the board.
Ben Dunk was the top scorer for the Strikers as the left-handed opening batsman scored 35 with wicketkeeper batsman Tim Ludeman's 26 being the second highest score for the visitors.
Scott Boland led the bowling attack exceptionally well for the Stars after finishing strong with figures of four for 30 from his quota of overs. Hilfenhaus picked two for 21 from his three overs.
After Luke Wright's (9) early departure, Kevin Pietersen (32) and Rob Quiney (31) stabilized the run chase for Stars. However, a collapse in the middle overs forced the hosts to rely upon their lower order to see them through to the safety.
As expected, Hilfenhaus was awarded the man of the match award for his overall heroics.
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