Nepali star spinner Sandeep Lamichhane return to Big Bash League from a 14-day quarantine began on a bright note after the leggie picked up two wickets in Hobart Hurricanes’ 21-run victory on Saturday.
In Hobart’s home match against Sandeep’s previous team Melbourne Stars, the hosts made 164-5 on the back of a quickfire 56-ball 75 from England Twenty20 batting star Dawid Malan.
Stars managed just 143-9 after Hobart bowlers delivered in the death overs conceding just six runs in the last three overs.
Sandeep took wickets for Hobart in crucial stages when he was introduced in the sixth over and bowled Hilton Cartwright reducing Stars to 40-3. Despite losing skipper Glenn Maxwell, Stars seemed coasting towards victory needing 49 from last six overs.
Sandeep stepped in and had Ben Dunk caught by wicketkeeper Ben McDermott leaving Stars with an unreliable lower middle order. Nathan Ellis, who had conceded just eight runs in his first two overs, shut down any chance of Stars comeback picking up two wickets in the 18th over and conceded just a single. Stars had no way out from there on.
Sandeep returned the figures of 38-2 from four overs and played a part in team’s fifth victory. They are currently second in the standings with 18 points from seven games. Sydney Thunder lead the table with 19 points from six games.
Maxwell looked on a menacing form smashing 70 off just 37 balls with his innings including six fours and five sixes. Scott Boland was the man-of-the-match for his figures of 3-22 from four overs.