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The Melbourne Stars beat the Sydney Thunder by 22 runs in their second game in two nights at Manuka Oval.

Marcus Stoinis got the Stars off to a strong start with a rapid half-century that proved key to a total of 8-169.

The Thunder were held to 9-147 in reply.

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In the final over, Nick Larkin was facing Thunder quick Daniel Sams when a ball somehow ended up lodged in Larkin’s shirt. Both Stars batsmen had no idea where the ball had gone and completed a run – with the ball dislodging itself and falling onto the pitch.

With both sides laughing at the bizarre incident, the umpire ruled the ball dead and negated the run, putting Larkin back on strike.

The very next ball, he was bowled by a superb yorker from Sams, departing 15 off 14.

Ump gifts debutant his first

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Marcus Stoinis light up the start of the innings as he exploded to 51* off 29, the third-fastest half-ton of his BBL career. It came after he copped a duck in the Stars’ opening match.

After 10 overs, Stoinis was 58* from 34 with the Stars 1-92, before being dismissed shortly afterwards for 61.

“It was nice to get into the tournament,” he said. “I planned sort of to take the game on. At the moment the plan is to be as good as I can be so I’m looking to be aggressive.”

Glenn Maxwell banged 46 in the opening game and backed it up as he comfortably built a solid score against the Thunder, despite teammates Andre Fletcher (12) and Hilton Cartwright (9) falling cheaply.

Dead ball leads to wicket!

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But Maxwell was dismissed for 39 off 29 in the second over of the Power Surge, following Cartwright’s dismissal in the start of the recently-introduced powerplay passage of play.

Maxwell was given out LBW off Cameron Green despite the ball pitching outside leg – the second incorrect LBW call in the innings.

The first came off Thunder’s 19-year-old promising leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha in his senior debut in any form of cricket.

On just his third ball, he claimed the wicket of West Indian opener Andre Fletcher LBW for 12 off 10 – despite TV footage after the incident showing the ball missing the leg stump.

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Nathan Coulter-Nile was surprisingly left out of the line-up after taking 4 for 10 against Brisbane in the Star’s season opener.

Alex Hales again looms as the danger man with the bat for the Thunder in 2020/21, while Australian ODI debutant Daniel Sams will be the danger man with the ball.

It sets the scene for a blockbuster clash to open the first BBL double header of the season.

TEAMS

Thunder XI: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathon Cook, Tanveer Sangha

X-Factor subs: Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain

Stars XI: Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nick Larkin, Ben Dunk (wk), Clinton Hinchliffe, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Dilbar Hussain

X-Factor subs: Lance Morris, Seb Gotch

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