Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis fire as the Stars ease past the Strikers to make it back-to-back wins
The Stars win by 44 runs. That was a clinical display of defensive bowling. The Strikers were building at 3 for 97 but the Stars used the conditions very well, bowling loads of slower ball cutters into the slow surface and it led to a collapse. The Strikers lost 7 for 26 to be all out for 123. Stoinis, Plunkett and Bravo bagged three wickets each. The Stars are on a roll. They move up into 4th on the BBL table. The Strikers have lost three in a row and slump to 6th on the table. Ben Dunk is named Player of the Match for his 72 not out. Thanks for your company this afternoon. Up next, the Sixers host the Hurricanes at the SCG.
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The Next Stop: The Stars return to the MCG to host the Brisbane Heat on Sunday, while the Strikers stay on the road and travel to Sydney to tackle the Sixers at the SCG on Tuesday night.
Melbourne Stars: Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis, Liam Plunkett, Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird, Tom O’Connell
Adelaide Strikers: Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Jake Lehmann, Colin Ingram (c), Jono Wells, Matt Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Liam O’Connor, Billy Stanlake
Toss: Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to bowl.
Umpires: Gillespie, P J & Graham-Smith, M W
TV Umpires: Shepard, D J
Match Referee: Parry, R L
Venue: Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe
Date: 23 Jan 2019