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Ben Dunk (Credit: BBL)

Melbourne Stars sealed a comfortable 44-run win against Adelaide Strikers in a Big Bash League clash in Victoria on Wednesday. After posting 167/2, Stars bowled out Strikers for 123 in 19.4 overs for their second win in as many matches.

After being put in, openers Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis built a century-stand, adding 113 runs between them. They were measured in their approach as they made 47 in the Powerplay with Stoinis hitting taking 10 runs from the sixth over, bowled by Rashid Khan.

It was Rashid who brought some respite to his team when he had Stoinis top-edge one to hole out for 53 off 45. Dunk continued and was joined by Peter Handscomb who struck two fours and as many sixes in his 22-ball 36 and was out off the final delivery of Stars innings.

Dunk belted four fours and three sixes to remain unbeaten on 72 off 53 helping his team to a decent total.

In reply, Strikers lost opener Jake Weatherald to a run out off the first delivery of fourth over. They scored 48 for the loss of one wicket in the first six overs of the chase. Carey got the start, hitting four fours in his 23-ball 30 but fell to Stoinis (3/20) off the sixth delivery of seventh over.

Captain Colin Ingram struggled to get going and Liam Plunkett (3/21) ended his misery having him hole out to his opposite number Glenn Maxwell for a 15-ball 9.

Jake Lehmann made 40 off 32 with four fours and when Dwayne Bravo (3/22) picked him out for his first wicket of the match, Strikers needed 71 runs from 36 deliveries with six wickets remaining. Their middle and lower order crumbled in the pressure chase with the innings not even lasting the full quota of 20 overs.

Brief Scores: Melbourne Stars 167/2 (Ben Dunk 72*, Marcus Stoinis 53; Rashid Khan 1/32) beat Adelaide Strikers 123 (Jake Lehmann 40; Marcus Stoinis 3/20, Liam Plunkett 3/21, Dwayne Bravo 3/22) by 44 runs