Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Thunder by 3 wickets in BBL
Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Thunder by 3 wickets in BBL at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney earlier today.
Sydney Thunder 142 – 7 – (20 Ovs) – (Matthew Gilkes 28, Alex Ross 40; Haris Rauf 3-24, Glenn Maxwell 2-17)
Melbourne Stars 143 – 7 – (19.4 Ovs) – (Marcus Stoinis 58, Nick Larkin 65; Daniel Sams 3-25, Nathan McAndrew 2-22, Chris Morris 2-24)
Result - Melbourne Stars won by 3 wickets
Sydney Thunder won the toss and decided to bat against Melbourne Stars scoring an unimpressive 142 – 7 in their 20 Overs, with Matthew Gilkes 28 and Alex Ross 40 top scoring - Haris Rauf 3-24 and Glenn Maxwell 2-17 were the stars with the ball removing the Sydney Thunder top order - Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson with the score 39-3. They battled through to 142 – 7 but it was never going to be enough against the Melbourne Stars batting line up.
Melbourne Stars scored 143-7 in the run chase, winning by 3 wickets with 2 balls to spare. Marcus Stoinis 58 and Nick Larkin 65 top scored and despite some great individual bowling performances from Daniel Sams 3-25, Nathan McAndrew 2-22 and Chris Morris 2-24, the Thunder were unable to prevent the successful run chase.
Melbourne Stars take the points and go top of the BBL.
Sydney Thunder - Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson(c), Matthew Gilkes(wk), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Brendan Doggett, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew
Melbourne Stars - Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb(wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell(c), Ben Dunk, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Dale Steyn, Haris Rauf
Start Time: 04:40
Toss: Sydney Thunder won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
Officials: Michael Graham-Smith, Nathan Johnstone, Paul Wilson, Berend du Plessis du Plessis, Stephen Bernard
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