BBL 2013/14 Match 28: Stars remain perfect behind Wright’s half-century

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Wright smashed 52 runs off 36 balls

The Melbourne Stars have yet to be defeated this season after they cruised past the Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets behind opening batsman Luke Wright’s magnificent half-century.

Stars captain Cameron White won the toss and chose to bowl first.

His decision to do so paid off on the very first ball as Hurricanes captain Tim Paine was caught by Wright at backward point off the bowling of David Hussey for a golden duck.

Jonathan Wells managed to make 19 runs before he was caught by James Muirhead at mid-off off the bowling of John Hastings.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik failed to trouble the scorers as he was run out by Scott Boland without having faced a single ball.

Travis Birt made a quickfire 31 off 23 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Boland off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis.

Ben Dunk ended up making 30 off 30 deliveries, which included three boundaries, before he was caught by Wright at backward point to become Stoinis’ second victim of the match.

Dimitri Mascarenhas only made eight runs before he was caught by Muirhead at mid-off off the bowling of Hastings.

Following Mascarenhas’ dismissal, the Hurricanes’ entire lower order collapsed.

It was thanks to Aiden Blizzard’s unbeaten 28 off 24 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, that the Hurricanes were able to reach 131 at the end of their 20 overs.

Hastings, Boland and Stoinis all picked up two wickets apiece, while Hussey and Jackson Bird chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 132 to win, the Stars got off to a poor start as White was caught by Birt at first slip off the bowling of Mascarenhas for only four runs.

Rob Quiney only made 13 runs before he was clean bowled by Malik.

Brad Hodge amassed 12 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Dunk at mid-on off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.

Wright managed to bring up his half-century before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.

Wright’s fantastic knock of 52 came off 36 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Stoinis failed to have an impact with the bat as he only scored 10 runs before being caught by Dunk at deep midwicket off the bowling of Laughlin.

However, Hussey and wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb led the Stars to victory with five balls to spare, which kept their undefeated streak alive.

Laughlin was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Malik, Mascarenhas and Hilfenhaus snapped up one wicket apiece.

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