Fletcher 89*runs off 49 before Zampa and Co. bundled Adelaide out for their lowest BBL total.

Adelaide Strikers won the toss and opted to bowl first against Melbourne Stars. Cameron Valente and Daniel Worrall didn’t extract too much movement with the new ball but still didn’t allow the Stars to get off to a flying start.

Marcus Stoinis and Andre Fletcher struggled to get the run rate going, with the Australian all-rounder dismissed off a full toss by spinner Danny Briggs.

Stoinis believed the delivery was over waist-height, but the third umpire ruled the out decision would stand, sending Stoinis on his way for 13 off 26 balls.

Captain Glenn Maxwell came to the wicket at No.3 and got the Stars moving alongside Fletcher. The Stars kept delaying the Power Surge for some reason and lost Maxwell before those two overs. The right-hander smashed three fours and a six in his 28-ball 37 before he mistimed one straight into the hands of the fielder at long-on.

Fletcher continued to push up the run rate and reached his half-century when the Stars took the power surge in the 16th over.

Hilton Cartwright stolled to the crease and hit back-to-back sixes, with the Stars attacking Wes Agar and Briggs hard in the final two overs to end on 2-179. Fletcher finished not out on 89.

Adelaide got off to a horrible start as they lost two wickets and could only manage 15 runs in the powerplay. Maxwell opened the bowling along with Zahir Khan and the ploy paid off as the latter got rid of dangerous Philip Salt (5) only in the second over. Before the dust had settled, Maxwell knocked over Alex Carey (1) in the very next over and put Melbourne in commanding position.

The Strikers lost constant wickets throughout the innings as the spinners caused havoc. Things went from bad to worse for Adelaide as Maxwell returned for his final over and sent Wells (23-ball 18) back in the hut. The offspinner finished with figures of 2/12, while Zahir claimed the same number of wickets at the expense of 19 runs. Ryan Gibson (1), Jake Weatherald (10) and Worrall (0) too couldn’t contribute much as the Strikers kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The Power Surge (overs 13-14) made no difference whatsoever as Adelaide lost four wickets in those two overs, with three of those going to Zampa in one over.

The legspinner claimed the final wicket as well and completed his maiden BBL five-wicket haul. Zampa finished with figures of 3.2-0-17-5 as Adelaide lost their last eight wickets for just 23 runs.

The Strikers were bundled out for 68 in 14.2 overs – their lowest total ever and the third-lowest in BBL history. The Stars won the encounter by 111 runs and moved to fourth place in the points table.

Andre Fletcher | MoM: It means a lot. I got a call from Brian Lara a few days ago and he gave me advice. I decided to go into the game and apply myself. Thankful to everyone, thankful to god and I would like to dedicate my fifty to my uncle who passed away few days ago. Everyday our batting coach, Luke Wright, reminds me how good I am and it was just a matter of striking it right. It is my first time at the MCG and it is good to have a good score here. Looking forward to some more. When I get going I try and not do things that distract me (On his shoe superstition). My laces came off when I reached 40.

 Scores: Melbourne Stars 2-179 (Fletcher 89*, Maxwell 30, Cartwright 30*) defeated Adelaide Strikers 68 (Zampa 5-17) by 111 runs at the MCG.

Playing XIs

Melbourne Stars: Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Haris Rauf, Zahir Khan.

X-factor subs: Sam Rainbird, Ed Newman

Adelaide Strikers: Alex Carey (c & wk), Phil Salt, Matthew Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Ryan Gibson, Cam Valente, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Liam O’Connor.

X-factor subs: Harry Conway, Harry Nielsen


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