Caribbean power-hitter Andre Russell fostered the star-studded batting lineup of the Melbourne Stars, making his debut against his former franchise Sydney Thunders. It was quite a tricky game for him as he had to comply with several covid protocols to play. Russell had to enter the stadium through a different gate to his teammates, use a different lift and a different dressing room altogether.
Head Coach David Hussey well understands Russell’s capabilities as an allrounder. After the Stars batted first, Nick Larkin carried his willow through the innings, hitting a 43-ball 52.
Russell staying true to his reputation, scored a brisk 17 runs off 9 balls helping his team reach a competitive total of 165-4.
However, Russell looked off-color with the ball, yielding 40 runs in his full quota of 4 overs.
While the match looked to be an easy chase for the Thunders, a stupendous effort by leggie Adam Zampa defending 10 runs in the final over. The victory off the last delivery earned the Stars their first points on the points table.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 165/4 in 20 overs (Nick Larkin 52*, Hilton Cartwright 42; Tanveer Sangha 2-29) beat Sydney Thunder 161/5 in 20 overs (Matthew Giles 56, Sam Billings 43; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-27) by 4 runs.
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