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Hobart Hurricanes crush Melbourne Stars to reach Big Bash League 2014 final

Tim Paine's (right) 65 off 50 balls set up the win for the Hobart Hurricanes © Getty Images
Tim Paine’s (right) 65 off 50 balls set up the win for the Hobart Hurricanes © Getty Images

 

Feb 4, 2014

 

Hobart Hurricanes have recorded a comfortable victory over the Big Bash League giants, Melbourne Stars, chasing down the set target of 142 inside 19 overs, with seven wickets in hand.

 

Opener, Tim Paine played a wonderfully-timed innings to guide the Hurricanes across the finish line in what could have been a tricky chase.

 

The Hurricanes’ innings received the required impetus in the beginning from in-form opener, Ben Dunk, who scored a quickfire 30 off 20 balls. By the time he departed in the sixth over, the score was already past the 50-run mark. Shoaib Malik came in at No 3 but didn’t last long. Paine was then joined by skipper George Bailey and the two of them stitched a quickfire 64-run partnership to take the Hurricanes to the brink of victory. Paine was then run out, courtesy of a direct hit from Lasith Malinga.

 

Bailey then guided his team home without further hiccups. He ended the chase not out on 32 off 26 balls.

 

Earlier in the day, Melbourne Stars’ captain, Cameron White won the toss and elected to bat first. He opened the innings alongside Englishman, Luke Wright. Both the openers fell quite early as all the Stars batsmen failed to build an innings, and lost their wickets rather cheaply.

 

They had lost four wickets inside the first nine overs without much runs on the board. Then, veteran Brad Hodge and David Hussey stitched a 50 plus-run partnership to take the Stars close to the 150 mark. Hodge played a masterclass fifty, but none of the other batsmen provided him with the desired support.

 

The Hurricanes’ bowlers did a fine job in restricting the Stars to their modest total. Praise needs to be heaped especially on the young spinner, Cameron Boyce, who finished with figures of three wickets for 11 runs off three overs.

 

The Hobart Hurricanes’ outplayed the Melbourne Stars in almost all departments.

 

Brief scores:

 

Melbourne Stars 141 for 8 in 20 overs (Brad Hodge 51, David Hussey 24; Cameron Boyce 3 for 11) lost to Hobart Hurricanes 142 for 3 in 18.1 overs (Tim Paine 65, George Bailey 32*; John Hastings 1 for 26) by 7 wickets.

 

Man of the Match: Cameron Boyce

 

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