Big Bash League 2020-21’s opening match lasted 31.1 overs, and carnage characterized the entire encounter. Melbourne Stars ended up scoring the third-lowest total ever in the tournament as the Sydney Sixers smashed them by 152 runs to win the biggest ever game in the tournament’s history.
The Sixers began their title defence with a thrashing of 213 for 4 after Glenn Maxwell decided to bowl. They looked in control throughout the game. In the fourth over, James Vince and Josh Philippe made 19 for the 3rd wicket, after the openers made 21 off the opening three overs. James Vince hit three boundaries and Josh Philippe got one to drive on and finish with 19 from the fourth over. At the end of the powerplay, the Sixers were 54 for no loss. They then slowed down a bit to reach 69 for no loss.
As Couch gave up 15 runs in the ninth over, Zampa was able to help Stars recover when he ended Vince’s 29-ball 44-run stay in the tenth. Having reached 123 for 1 after 13 overs, the Sixers took advantage of the power surge and boosted their score to 156 for 1 – scoring 33 in two overs. Philippe’s two sixes and a boundary left Rainbird with figures of 3-0-46-0 after he blasted two sixes and a boundary.
In the last five overs, Sixers managed 56 runs, thanks to Moises Henriques’ and Philippe’s 102 and 38 respectively. Rainbird dismissed Philipp in the 19th over for 83 off 47, while Philipp went for just 59 as the pacer ended a disappointing day.
After losing Joe Clarke and Nick Larkin within the first five deliveries, the Stars’ chase got off to a disappointing start. During the night, Steve Okeefe (4-0-14-4) and Sean Abbott (3-0-14-3) were among the Stars players who put together a remarkable run as they went from being 18 for 2 to 47 for 9. The Renegades came close to posting the lowest total in the BBL’s history – an all-out total of 57 held by Melbourne Renegades against Stars – but two boundaries from Syed Faridoun and Brody Couch took them past 60.
The Stars must now find ways to improve their -7.6 net run rate, as well as step up their elimination defense. Next up for them is a match against Sydney Thunder and a meeting with Sixers on December 15.
Sydney Sixers defeated Melbourne Stars 61 in 11.1 overs (Steve O’Keefe 4-14, Sean Abbott 3-14) by 152 runs.