We are pretty good as a bowling unit: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
24 Apr 2021
The league of stage of the Big Bash League 2021-22 came to an end with Melbourne Stars finishing it off in a style. The Glenn Maxwell led side registered a fantastic victory over the Hobart Hurricanes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, January 19.
The Stars, who scored the highest ever total in BBL history by reaching 273-2, beat the Hurricanes by a whopping 106 as the latter was only able to get as far as 167-6 in its quota of 20 overs. The chase was never going to be easy in any case. To be honest, it was almost impossible.
However, no team can simply give up because of the huge target and hence neither did Hurricanes. Ben McDermott, till the time he was at the crease, gave his best to try and gather as many runs as possible.
Consistency among the Hurricanes batters was difficult to find as after 55 off 33 from McDermott, nobody else could get past the fifty run mark. D'Arcy Short who played his usual slow innings was able to make 41 off 36 balls. For Stars, Brody Couch picked up three wickets.
Earlier in the evening, after being put in to bat, Stars got off to as flying a start as possible with openers adding 97 runs for the first wicket in the first seven overs only. The intensity kept on moving a notch above from there on as after Joe Clarke’s wicket, Maxwell got even more aggressive as he reached his second hundred of the season.
Marcus Stoinis, who joined Maxwell after the fall of the second wicket in the form of Nick Larkin also gelled well with his captain. The duo put up an unbeaten stand of 132 runs in just 54 balls. It was during that time that Maxwell became the first person in BBL history to go past the 150 run mark as a batter in an innings.
Now the BBL would move to Finals with five teams fighting for the biggest honours. In the first match, the Eliminator, the number four and five ranked teams in the points table, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will face each other. The match will be played on January 21 at the MCG.