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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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.
Here is how Twitter hailed Handscomb
The joy on sandeep lamichane’s face is amazing that’s what it should be all about pure joy and love for the game. Great story.
— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) December 27, 2018
The @StarsBBL are off and running in #BBL08. So far this season, winning the bat flip has proven to be a good one to win. Peter Handscomb took out his frustrations on the @SixersBBL after being dropped for the Boxing Day test by whacking 70 off 35 balls. Ouch! #BBL
— Trystan Spooner (@TrystanSpooner) December 27, 2018
Well played Peter Handscomb.. I knew your next hit would have been a good one! Pitty it wasn’t in the baggy green at the MCG! #stars #BBL
— Kaineo. (@kaineo) December 27, 2018
Wow. Peter Handscomb! You beauty! What a terrific knock. Been waiting for @StarsBBL win for over a year now. #BBL08
— Pawan (@itspawanhere) December 27, 2018
Really well spoken Peter Handscomb. Perspective. #BBL
— Melanie McLaughlin (@Mel_Mclaughlin) December 27, 2018
Well done, Peter Handscomb. I was earlier lamenting the turnover of players in #BBL as a reason for losing interest. Peter Handscomb along with Jackson Bird are the only original Stars remaining in #BBL08 which is probably a fair observation.
— Suzanne Considine (@suzcon) December 27, 2018
Peter Handscomb just sent a message to the Aussie Selectors tonight.
70 runs off 35 balls
Will they listen?
Go Melbourne Stars!
— Rob Wilson (@Wilson4council) December 27, 2018
Wow. Peter Handscomb is proving he deserves to be playing Test cricket.
— Sophie 🌲 (@SophieSophsal) December 27, 2018
Peter Handscomb 70 off 35. Classy response to his Test axing #BBL08
— Kath Loughnan (@KathLoughnan) December 27, 2018
Excellent response to being dropped from Peter Handscomb, with gloves and bat.
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) December 27, 2018
Peter Handscomb can play. Everyone has thier different style. In time he will flourish in the national team. #BBL08
— Jono Baruch (@JonoBaruch) December 27, 2018
Peter Handscomb smashes a 22-ball fifty. #BBL pic.twitter.com/O4URXQznXS
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) December 27, 2018
Peter Handscomb is playing a fine knock here!
— Sai Veer (@SaiVeer07) December 27, 2018
Great to see the Nepalese fans in the house for Sandeep Lamichhane. #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/PSUrycMNnP
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 27, 2018
The 18 year-old leg spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane, is now the leading wicket-taker in this BBL season. #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/cdMlfuNs37
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 27, 2018
Sandeep Lamichhane finishes his 4 overs with figures of 2/18. 🔥 #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/nLC8dDp3Yb
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 27, 2018
Sandeep Lamichhane is getting a lot of love from the stands in the BBL right now and the boy is almost blushing. So lovely to see. #BBL08
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 27, 2018
How soon can we fast track Australian citizenship for Sandeep Lamichhane? Surely a player of his ability needs to play for a big test nation and not rot away with Nepal? #BBL08
— E.R.L (@E_R_L87) December 27, 2018
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