Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - BBL 2021-22: Sixers bully Stars in tournament opener. Stars were bowled out for just 61.
Stars were bowled out for just 61.
The opening encounter of Big Bash League 2020-21 lasted a total of 31.1 overs and it was carnage throughout. Sydney Sixers bullied Melbourne Stars to bag the biggest ever win in the history of the tournament – by 152 runs – and also handed Stars the third-lowest total in the tournament's history.
After Glenn Maxwell chose to bowl, Sixers hammered 213 for 4 to start their title defence and looked in control throughout the contest. After a steady start, where the openers made 21 in the opening three overs, James Vince struck three boundaries while Josh Philippe got one against Sam Rainbird to kick on and collect 19 from the fourth over. Sixers were 54 for no loss after the powerplay and slowed down a touch to reach 69 for no loss in eight overs.
Brody Couch leaked 15 in the ninth over but Adam Zampa helped Stars pull things back when he ended Vince's 29-ball 44-run stay in the tenth. After 13 overs, Sixers opted to take the power surge and boosted their score from being 123 for 1 to 156 for 1 – scoring 33 in the two overs. Rainbird was once again at the receiving end of the assault as Philippe hit two sixes and a boundary to leave the pacer with figures of 3-0-46-0.
Moises Henriques (76 not out off 38) and Philippe made 102 off 51 to set the side up for a dominant total as Sixers were able to manage 56 in the last five. Philippe, who fell to Rainbird in the 19th over, made 83 off 47 while the pacer ended with figures of 1 for 59 to end a disappointing day.
The chase got off to a disappointing start for the Stars as they lost Joe Clarke and Nick Larkin inside the first five deliveries. Steve OKeefe (4-0-14-4), Sean Abbott (3-0-14-3), Hayden Kerr (1-0-6-2) and Tom Curran (1.1-0-9-1) were clinical on the night as Stars soon went from being 18 for 2 to 47 for 9. They were in danger of posting the lowest total in BBL's history – a record held by Melbourne Renegades when they posted 57 all out against Stars – but Brody Couch and Syed Faridoun struck a boundary each to get them past 60.
Stars not only have to deal with the big loss, they'll also now have to find ways to better their net run rate which is -7.6. They now play Sydney Thunder in their next two matches before taking on Sixers again on December 15.
Brief scores: 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.