Twitter Reactions: Peter Handscomb dismantles Sydney Sixers at the SCG

The Stars won with 31 balls to spare and moved to the fourth position of the points table.

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Peter Handscomb
Peter Handscomb. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Right-handed batsman Peter Handscomb was earlier dropped from the Australia Test team for the Melbourne Test against India. But he has come back strong with the bat and helped Melbourne Stars to their maiden victory this season in the Big Bash League (BBL), beating the Sydney Sixers by five wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, the Sixers, led by Moises Henriques, lost two matches in a row.

Silk top scores for Sixers

After the Stars won the toss and elected to field first, their bowlers did an excellent job and restricted the Sydney Sixers to 130 in 20 overs. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa nipped out Jack Edwards in the very first over to strike first blood. In the fourth over, skipper Glenn Maxwell accounted for Joe Denly’s wicket. Daniel Hughes threatened with a 14-ball 20 with three fours and his knock was cut short by Jackson Coleman.

Even Henriques couldn’t survive the heat and fell prey to tweaker Sandeep Lamichhane. At the other end, Jordon Silk looked solid and put forth a well-compiled knock of 41 from 37 balls. Sean Abbott played a cameo of 22 from 16 balls to propel the Sixers’ score. For the Stars, Coleman picked up three while Lamicchane and Dwayne Bravo got a couple each. Maxwell and Zampa ended with one wicket.

Handscomb takes charge

The run-chase turned out to be pretty one-sided. Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe removed Ben Dunk to reignite the Sixers’ chances of winning the match, however, Peter Handscomb had other ideas. He smacked the leather to all corners and scored 70 runs from 35 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes. His partnership of 87 runs from 49 balls with Nick Larkin, took the contest away from the hapless Sixers.

Larkin lent him appropriate support and scored a useful 20 from 22 balls. Ben Dwarshuis got Handscomb in the 13th over, but by then, the encounter went out of the Sixers’ radar. Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis couldn’t contribute and became Dwarshuis’ victim. In the end, the Stars won with 31 balls to spare and moved to the fourth position of the points table, winning their first match after a couple of defeats.

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