The tournament opener witnessed two giants clashing against each other at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Sydney Sixers bossed over Melbourne Stars for the entire match as it ended as a one-sided conflict. The Sixers cruised to 213-4 after Glenn Maxwell invited them to bat. Captain Moises Henriques and opener Philippe looked invincible and dominated each and every bowler.
The target of 214 was definitely far from being an easy chase. But what followed in the 2nd innings was nothing short of a nightmare for the Glenn Maxwell-led side. The Melbourne Stars could bat only for 11.1 overs as they were restricted to a paltry score of 61-10. After a stunning performance with the bat, the Sixers displayed their class with the ball as well. Steve O’Keefe was the pick of the bowlers as he went on to bag 4 scalps for 14 runs. Pacer Sean Abbott was phenomenal as well with 3 wickets, one of them being the prized dismissal of Glenn Maxwell.
The Sixers won the match comprehensively by 152 runs. It was the biggest ever victory in terms of runs in the history of the Big Bash League. The resounding win gave them the perfect start for the season. While on the other hand, Melbourne Stars surely need to pull up their socks after such a hammering. With a net run rate of -7.60, Stars will have to be at their best in the upcoming fixtures to compete for the title.
Melbourne Stars 213/4 in 20 overs (Josh Philippe 83, Moises Henriques 76*) beat Sydney Sixers 61 in 11.1 overs (Steve O’Keefe 4-14, Sean Abbott 3-14) by 152 runs
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