Sixers thump Stars to start Big Bash League on a winning note

SYDNEY: Josh Philippe and Moises Henrique partnered strongly to help Sydney Sixers thump Melbourne Stars by 152-runs in the opening match of Big Bash League season 11 here at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. 

Philippe and Henrique smoked 102 runs together as the Sixers amassed a massive 213-run total in the allotted 20 overs. Philippe smashed 83 runs off 47 balls including eight boundaries and three maximums, while Henriques scored an unbeaten 76 off 38 balls, including eight boundaries and three sixes.

Earlier, James Vince struck 44 off 29 including eight boundaries to give the Sixers a strong start in the first inning.

For Stars, Brody Couch bagged two wickets. Whereas, Glenn Maxwell and Sam Rainbird each struck out a batter.

In reply, Sixers bowling attack trapped Stars batters completely. They were bowled out for skimpy 61 runs in 11.1 overs. Hilton Cartwright scored 10 followed by highest run-scorer of the side, Peter Nevill with 17 runs.

Steve O’Keefe bagged four wickets, Medium-pacer Sean Abbott managed to take three scalps. Hayden Kerr bagged two while Tom Curran took a wicket.

READ: Ashwin, Axar star as India need five more wickets to win