Sydney Sixers extended their winning streak to three matches as they clinched a thriller against Melbourne Stars on Saturday. Stars were 49/4 by the 9th over before Glenn Maxwell (71* off 47) and Nicholas Pooran (65 off 26) smashed the Sixers all over the park. The duo put on 125 for the 5th wicket in only 9.4 overs to power the Stars to 193/5.
Sixers, in reply, lost wickets at regular intervals but their skipper Daniel Hughes kept the chase going on. Injury to Nathan Coulter-Nile forced Maxwell to defend 20 runs in the final over where Hughes hit 16 runs in first three balls before getting out. The rest four runs came through byes as Sixers won the game with one ball and one wicket to spare.
Here are all the statistical highlights from a high-scoring thriller between the Sixers and Stars at the Carrara Oval:
A record chase by the Sixers:
194/9 – The chase of 194 is now the highest successful chase by Sydney Sixers in the BBL and also the highest successful BBL chase for any team against Melbourne Stars.
The previous highest chase in both the lists was 190 which Sixers chased down at the SCG in the 2017-18 season against the Stars. The total of 194/9 is also the 2nd highest BBL total for the Sixers and also the 2nd highest BBL total by any team against the Stars.
Sixers sneak through to a close win:
2 – Sydney Sixers became only the 2nd team to win a Big Bash League game by a 1-wicket margin. Adelaide Strikers chased down the target of 147 for the loss of nine wickets against Perth Scorchers in the 2014-15 season.
4 – Sydney Sixers have won each of their last four matches in the BBL against the Melbourne Stars. The streak of Sixers began after their 44-run defeat in the league phase of 2019-20 season at the MCG.
A six-hitting fest at the Carrara Oval:
26 – A total of 26 sixes were hit during the SIX vs STA game which are the most number of sixes hit during any Twenty20 match hosted by Australia surpassing the 24 sixes during the 2014-15 season’s BBL match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.
A record knock by Hughes:
96 – The 96-run knock by Daniel Hughes is now the highest individual score in the BBL by any player for Sydney Sixers. Hughes went past Josh Philippe’s 95-run knock which came against Melbourne Renegades earlier this season.
7 – Hughes is only the 2nd player to hit as many as seven sixes in a BBL inning for the Sixers. Moises Henriques smashed 8 maximums during his 31-ball 72 in the 2019-20 season game also against the Melbourne Stars.
17 – Balls Nicholas Pooran needed to complete his fifty. This is now the fastest BBL fifty for the Melbourne Stars surpassing Peter Handscomb’s 22-ball fifty in 2017-18 season also against Sydney Sixers. Overall, Pooran’s 17-ball fifty is the 4th fastest in the history of BBL and also the first against Sixers coming in less than 20 balls.
8 – Nicholas Pooran smashed eight sixes during his 65-run knock making him only the 3rd player to smash eight or more sixes in a BBL inning for the Stars. Luke Wright (9 sixes vs Hobart Hurricanes in 2011-12) and Marcus Stoinis (8 sixes vs Sydney Sixers in 2019-20) are the other players to hit eight or more sixes in a BBL game for the Melbourne Stars.
65 – Pooran’s 65 is the lowest individual score to involve eight or more sixes in a BBL inning. The previous lowest was 72 by Moises Henriques which he scored in only 31 balls for the Sydney Sixers against Melbourne Stars. Pooran is also the first player to hit more than seven sixes in a BBL inning while batting outside the top four.
A big stand involving Maxwell:
6 – Glenn Maxwell, now, has been involved in as many as six partnerships of 100+ runs in the BBL; all with six different pairs. Jake Weatherald (7), Marcus Stoinis (6) and D’Arcy Short (6) are the other players to be part of six or more century stands in the BBL before Maxwell.
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