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Super finish from Stars

January 06, 2015 11:37:27 UK

Glenn Maxwell of Melbourne Stars.

Tom Triffitt and James Faulkner coped with the pressure to give the Melbourne Stars a super-over victory against the Sydney Sixers at the MCG.

The Stars kept their hopes of making the semi-finals alive with their second victory of the season.

Needing 29 from the final two overs, the home side were indebted to Triffitt for rising to the challenge.

He went into the penultimate over having only managed five from six balls, but immediately hit a six off Doug Bollinger and scored 10 of their 12 runs to keep them in with a chance.

Triffitt followed that with two consecutive fours off Brett Lee’s final over and ran two off the last ball to finish on 25 not out tie the scores and send the match into a super-over.

Faulkner then took over, hitting two sixes off Lee as the Stars racked up 0-19.

The Sixers lost Nic Maddinson from the second ball of their super-over, when Kevin Pietersen juggled a catch off John Hastings and captain Cameron White held on.

Hastings had Moises Henriques caught off the fifth ball as the visitors could only manage 2/9 and fell to their second defeat of the season.

Michael Lumb held the Sixers’ innings together, making 80 off 61 balls including three sixes off Faulkner’s first over.

None of his first three partners made it into double figures, but Jordan Silk then joined him in a 69-run stand.

Silk, who finished unbeaten on 37 off 34, was the only other Sixers batsman to score more than seven.

Scott Boland was the pick of the Stars bowlers, taking two wickets from his four overs that cost only 19 runs. He bagged the vital wicket of Lumb when the opener mishit a shot high in the air to mid-off where White took the catch.

The Stars lost Luke Wright to the third ball of their reply, when he chopped a Lee delivery onto his stumps.

White and Pietersen, though, put on 70 for the second wicket before the skipper missed a heave off Ben Dwarshuis and was bowled for 24.

Pietersen, a year to the day since he last played for England, went on to make 54 from 43 balls, including a six and eight fours.

The Stars are 5.50 to win the Big Bash League outright and the Sixers can be backed at 6.50.

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