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Sandeep shines to take Stars into semi-final

Feb 10, 2019 | CN Staff |

Sandeep Lamichhane’s destructive bowling guided Melbourne Stars into the semi-final of the Big Bash League (BBL) on Sunday.

Skipper Glen Maxwell led from the front smashing a 43-ball 82 taking Stars to a challenging 168-6 in 20 overs. Sandeep then produced mouth-watering figures of 3-11 in 3.4 overs that helped Stars bundle out Sydney Sixers for just 74 in 13.4 overs.

Following the victory, Stars finished at the fourth spots in the table to go into the semi-finals and fix a date with table toppers Hobart Hurricanes who have 20 points from 40 matches. The semi-final is set for February 14.

Melbourne Renegades and Sixers are other two semi-finalists who will face each other on February 15.

It was a leg spinning combo of Sandeep and Adam Zampa that set the tone for victory as the two bowlers shared five wickets between them conceding just 26 runs in their collective 7.4 overs.

Sandeep dismissed Tom Curran (10), Ben Dwarshuis (seven), and Lloyd Pope (five) to bowl effectively. Sandeep was introduced in the eighth over where he took care of Tom Curran in his fifth delivery. He finished his second over wicket less, conceding just two runs off it.

Sandeep sent back Dwarshuis on his third and Pope in his fourth to polish off the tail. He just conceded a boundary throughout his spell.

Sandeep now has eleven wickets from six BBL matches. He had dream Big Bash debut against Sidney Thunders taking two wickets and bettered that performance with 3-24 against Hurricanes.

He picked 2 wickets against Sixers and bagged single wicket against Renegades on his fourth match before flying to Bangladesh for Bangladesh Premier League. He was hammered for 28 runs from two overs on Friday in Stars’ 10-wicket defeat to Brisbane Heat.

Photo Courtesy: espncricinfo.com


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