Vince stars in Sixers’ thrilling win
by crickethighlights.one Staff • Last updated on Fri, Jan 6, 2023,
In what turned out to be a thriller at the MCG, Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Stars by six wickets and just one ball to spare. James Vince played the key role by steering the side past the finishing line with an unbeaten 91.
In the last over, Sixers needed 11 more for a win. Vince collected three runs off the first two balls from Luke Wood before Jordan Silk smacked Wood over long-on for a six.
There was more drama as Silk seemed to have been run out off the next ball while attempting to steal a bye. However, as Stars’ skipper Adam Zampa decided to take the review for caught behind first, the third umpire was asked to check whether there was a spike on the Ultra-Edge. Replays confirmed there was a spike and Silk had to walk back. Although Vince did protest about the height of the bouncer. Daniel Christian then cracked a boundary to seal the deal.
Earlier, Vince had stitched stands of 45, 49 and 34 with Josh Phillippe, Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques. Just that Stars had also kept themselves in the game, and the required run-rate at the fall of Henriques’ wicket was still hovering around 11 per over. Vince then crunched a couple of sixes off Trent Boult and also added a boundary while facing Zampa to help his side inch closer to the target. Eventually, he had the satisfaction of seeing his fine knock end up on the winning side.
For Stars, Marcus Stoinis scored a blazing 28-ball 52 while Thomas Rogers finished with a 33-ball 48 at the top of the order. Meanwhile, Sixers’ opening bowler, Sean Abbott, ended up with noteworthy figures of 3 for 31 from his quota of four overs.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 173/5 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 52; Sean Abbott 3-31) lost to Sydney Sixers 176/4 in 19.5 overs (James Vince 91*; Nathan-Coulter Nile 1-20) by six wickets.