As soon as Melbourne was cruising all the way to set themselves in a perfect platform, Sixers went after them despite getting some bruises on the way. Melbourne Stars started their innings with a little hiccup losing an early wicket of Fletcher, who was in form throughout the Caribbean premier league. Dunk his opening partner still sailed the ship with some good cover drives and long on boundaries.
He along with Cartwright steadied the ship with boundaries hit all over the park. Regardless of whether or not, they could middle the ball, they were still taking it. Although boundaries started to come late, but it’s better late than ever. Going at just above 6 per over was what made them vulnerable, as Cartwright fell to a left-handed pace sensation who pitched the ball short that induced Cartwright to edge it that landed in the hands of the fielder situated in the deep mid wicket.
Just as when Melbourne were 2 down, they lost their next two wickets in a quick succession, putting them at the backfoot with a score of 4 for 49 in 8 overs, stagnating at a run rate of under 6 an over. Just as when Melbourne Stars were in a sudden collapse, Maxwell decided to go hard at the bowlers. Lofting the short ball towards long-on.
As Maxwell and Pooran were drastically changing the tempo of the innings, Maxwell whose range of shots is completely unorthodox, he played a lofted six towards long on where his posture was that of someone playing a lofted shot over long-off. Team selectors despite not being considerate about his way of playinh the shot, any one would answer ” As long as he is getting the runs for the team” .
Pooran, the Jamaican batting sensation is synonymous with Maxwell, except that he is a left-handed batsman. Pooran ‘s attacking range was slightly better, where he was looking to hit boundaries a will that got him a half-century of just 17 balls.
Pooran turned out to be accurate with his six hitting abilities before he got was caught by the sweeper in the long-off region. Maxwell’s six got Stars to a 190 plus mark, setting a target of 194 for the sixers.
The Sixers started their innings with Phillipe hitting an uppish shot towards a no-man region to get the team and himself to get off the mark. Stanlake was bowling at lengths that gave Stars the first breakthrough with the wicket of Edwards, followed by a careless mishit by Vince that gave Stars the second wicket. Stars had this game in their grasp with Sixers at a score of 2 for 5.
Hughes and Phillipe steadied the 6 scoring boundaries st will. The duo ensured the smooth build-up of getting runs without losing thier wicket, before Phillipe was reverse sweeped the ball off the ball of Zampa that provided Stars their third wicket. Well, the game may have drifted towards Stars, but fingershas to be crossed as T20 games is an exciting contest where twists and turns are bound to happen.
Silk played a cameo inning with Hughes, before Christian’s cameo came to a short still, putting Sixers at 5 for 100. Holder slammed two sizes that got him to his 18, but helped at the cause of the team.
Just as when Brathwaite and Hughes were shifting gears, they ensured they would finish the game before Brathwaite was caught by long-on. With 20 needed off the last over, Maxwell decided to take charge and was slammed for a boundary of the first ball.
His build-up of the last over was 6,4 and 6 that got him to 96 before he got out attempting to hit a boundary and win the game in style. Match ended with a leg bye that went for a boundary, giving Sixers the victory.