BBL 2020 THU vs STA Result: Glenn Maxwell’s Melbourne Stars suffers disappointing loss after Sydney Thunder record season’s highest total

BBL 2020 THU vs STA Result: Sydney Thunder beat the Glenn Maxwell-led Melbourne Stars by 75 runs for their fourth win of the season. Alex Hales and Chris Green were the stars of the show as the Thunder reached their highest BBL total (219) in the history of the league.

Chasing 220 for an improbable win, the Stars got off to a decent start as Marcus Stoinis scored 27 off 15 deliveries, including an over where he smashed Chris Tremain for 18 runs. However, the opening pair of Andre Fletcher and Stoinis couldn’t sustain their good start for long as all-rounder Chris Green dismissed Stoinis in the 4th over after conceding two boundaries.

Fletcher’s poor BBL season continued as off-spinner Green again did the trick. After six overs, the Stars were 48-2.

The find of the tournament, Tanveer Sangha worked his magic yet again as the leg spinner bowled economically (4-0-17-2) and claimed Hilton Cartwright’s wicket early on.

The onus was on the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell to keep the Stars in the game. But Pooran perished in the 9th over, trying to go after Daniel Sams. Glenn Maxwell wasn’t at his fluent best as the Thunder bowlers kept things tight.

Green was again successful in his second spell as he bowled Nic Maddinson. The asking rate soon reached 19 and Maxwell too couldn’t produce much excitement. Tremain got some redemption and dismissed the Stars captain for 23.

Coming in as an X-factor substitute, Ben Dunk smoked three sixes but couldn’t carry on with his hitting. The Stars’ innings finished on 144 as they were bowled out inside 20 overs.