The Melbourne Stars have won their second match in a row in this year’s Big Bash after a dramatic super over finish saw them across the line.
The Stars, who won the toss, sent their opponents into bat and they made early breakthroughs, Nic Maddinson (5), Riki Wessels (6), Moises Henriques (7) were all dismissed by the sixth over, but then a partnership of 69 helped rebuild the Sixers innings.
Jordan Silk (37* off 34) chipped in but it was ex-England international Michael Lumb who was the main protagonist, scoring 80 runs from just 63 deliveries, before he was caught by Luke Wright off a delivery by Scott Boland, who was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-19 from his 4 overs.
The Sixers struggled to 150, setting the Stars an attainable total. The run chase hardly got off to the best of starts; in-form Luke Wright fell for a golden duck after being clean bowled by Brett Lee, but a partnership of 70 followed which instilled belief into the run chase.
Captain Cameron White made 24 of 31, while Kevin Pietersen scored his second Big Bash fifty of the season, before being by dismissed by Doug Bollinger for 54. Glenn Maxwell again failed to produce any meaningful contribution, meaning it was up to James Faulkner and Tim Triffit, who scored 42 off the final 27 balls. This meant the scores were tied, both teams had scored 150 and a super over was required.
It was Faulkner, along with Luke Wright who the Stars had sent out for their over. The former hit two huge sixes to the hosts a score of 19/0. The Sixers over however did not go quite to plan, finishing 9/2, both Maddinson and Henriques had got out and this had left them 11 runs short of victory.
The Sixers had the chance to go top with a win and now their place in second is under threat, with the Perth Scorchers as well as city rivals the Sydney Thunder, both two points behind with a game in hand.
The Stars, who were winless and bottom on New Year's day, continue their climb up the table, now in fifth, and they are only out of the top four on net run rate.