Big Bash League semifinal Highlights: Melbourne Stars booked a place in the final of the Big Bash League season 2019 after a thrilling win over Hobart Hurricanes in the first semifinal. Stars won the bat flip and elected to bat first. Coming on to bat, Hurricanes went on to score 153/7 in their 20 overs with the help of a half century from Ben McDermott.
Chasing 154, Stars were stunned by Afghani spinner Qais Ahmed who picked up quick three wickets to put pressure on the Glenn Maxwell-led side. But Maxwell stuck around in the middle with Seb Gotch as the duo took Stars to a 6 wickets win to book a spot in the final.
BBL Highlights, Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes:
FOUR! SIX! Seb Gotch has hammered James Faulkner for a four and six and Melbourne Stars have won the match by 6 wickets with 7 balls left. They are through to the final!
Glenn Maxwell has fired two boundaries in faulkner's over and Melbourne are now inching towards the win. Melbourne Stars need 15 to win in final 3.
15 overs gone
Jofra Archer into the attack. Seb Gotch and Glenn Maxwell are building pressure on Hurricanes. 37 runs in 30 balls required.
Meanwhile, George Bailey has been injured.
Ouch. George Bailey makes his way from the field with what appears to be a nasty shoulder injury. A big blow for the fan favourite #BBL08— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 14, 2019
George 😢— Jordan Silk (@jcsilk14) February 14, 2019
Darcy short into the attack
Darcy Short has been brought into the attack with Seb Gotcha and Glenn Maxwell building a good partnership. 14 overs are gone, and Stars are 110/4. Still need 44 runs to win in 36 balls. A wicket or two could change everything.
FOUR! Fantastic delivery from Qais and Gotch has just punched it for a boundary. Acute angle, almost missed the stumps, but that raced to the ropes.
Gone! Qais Ahmed strikes and it is the big wicket of Marcus Stoinis who has been trapped LBW! The Afghani bowler is a roll here! Melbourne Stars 88/4
WICKET! Maddinson top edges to fine leg as Qais Ahmad claims his second wicket after being hit for two sixes. Melbourne Stars are 78/3 after 9 overs, needing 76 off 67
OUT! Qais Ahmad breaks the partnership as Marcus Stoinis is gone for 18. The ball pitches on middle and leg, before turning and hitting the top of off stump. Melbourne Stars are 52/1 after 6.5 overs
Four! Four! Four!
Handscomb with three boundaries in a row as Melbourne Stars finish the powerplay on 46/1. 108 more needed off 84. Steady powerplay for the Stars with Stoinis and Handscomb looking comfortable after the early loss of Dunk.
Meredith bowling fast
Riley Meredith bowling fast with just three runs coming off his first over of the night. Stars 33/1 after 5 overs.
Stoinis has scored 211 runs in the Powerplay overs without being dismissed. In BBL history, no batsman has scored more than 163 runs (Khawaja in BBL05) without being dismissed.
Ben Dunk is caught behind, departs for 9 as Jofra Archer claims his first wicket in his first ball. No appeal from behind the stumps. Stars are 11/1 after 1.1 overs.
Canes finish with 153/7
Ben McDermott's half-century helps hosts Hobart Hurricanes finish with 153/7. Worrall stole the show with the third-best bowling performance in a Big Bash semi-final
OUT! Milenko out lbw for 3 as Daniel Worrall claims his fourth wicket. Dan Worrall finishes with 4/23. He's been huge for the Stars. Canes are 138/6 after 18.3 overs.
50 and OUT
Ben McDermott gets caught on the midwicket fence by Maxwell, departs after bringing up fifty. Canes are 133/4 with 16 balls to go
GONE! Stars finally break the partnership as George Bailey departs for 37 after Glenn Maxwell's catch. This is the third wicket for Bailley. Canes are 117/4 after 16 overs.
The Hurricanes have made an impressive recovery after losing three inside the powerplay. Canes are 112/3 with five more overs to go.
SIX and 100 up for Canes
George Bailey launches his first six over long-off. Then adds another six. Hobart are now in their groove. Two consecutive sixes by George Bailey help the hosts Hobart Hurricanes bring up 100
Hobart Hurricanes are recovering after poor start to the semifinal with George Bailey and Ben McDermott stitching 50-run partnership. Canes are 88/3 after 13 overs.
Canes are 78/3
Eleven overs bowled for the night so far with the Hurricanes 78/3. It's McDermott and Bailey leading the fightback for the home side
50 up for Canes
Hobart Hurricanes bring up 50 with a loss of three wickets after 7 overs. All the three wickets came in the powerplay.
WICKET! The hosts lose their third wicket in the powerplay as D'Arcy Short departs for 35. Short was trying to take Adam Zampa downtown but Gotch takes the catch in the deep. Canes are 42/3 after 5.4 overs
SIX! D'Arcy Short brings up the first six of the day and Hobart are 26/2 after 4 overs with Short making 22 out of them.
OUT! What a start to the match for the Canes! Brilliant over for Dan Worral, who claims his second as Caleb Jewell departs for 1. Canes are 5/2 after 2 overs
WICKET! Worrall gets a wicket with his first ball of the night as leading run-scorer Matthew Wade is caught behind for 2. Canes are 3/1
The first semifinal between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars is underway in Hobart. Wade and D Arcy Short are at the crease. Wade is on strike. Maxwell will open the attack
Stars XI: Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Hurricanes XI: Matthew Wade (c/wk), D'Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith.
The Stars have won the bat flip and elected to bowl first in Hobart for the first semifinal.
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