Malinga shines as Stars thrash Scorchers

CHRIS PIKE
Last updated 06:37 13/12/2012
Lasith Malinga
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LASITH MALINGA: Took an Australian record 6-7 against the Scorchers.

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The finish might have been farcical but the Melbourne Stars bounced back to thrash the Perth Scorchers by 10 wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis system at the WACA Ground.

The Stars completely dominated the Scorchers, bowling them out for just 69 with Lasith Malinga taking an Australian domestic Twenty20 best of 6-7.

The visitors then raced to 0-29 after two overs before heavy rain fell, forcing the players from the field for over an hour.

The game came within 10 minutes of being called off, but the rain eventually eased to allow play to resume.

Well ahead under the Duckworth-Lewis system at 0-29 from two overs chasing just 70 to win, the game bizarrely needed just one more delivery for a result.

The innings had been reduced to six overs but because Melbourne had already passed the reworked target of 0-6 to win, only one more delivery was bowled by Hilton Cartwright before the Stars were declared winners.

Earlier, Malinga bowled an almost unplayable spell of four overs on the lively WACA pitch.

His figures were the second best ever in domestic T20 anywhere in the world, his mark bettered only by Arul Suppiah's 6-5 for Somerset against Glamorgan in July 2011.

Warne also bowled well, taking 1-9 from his three overs.

James Faulkner took 2-16 for the Stars and Luke Wright 1-7 as they restricted the Scorchers to the lowest Australian T20 score.

Scorchers captain Simon Katich didn't like the finish to the game at all with the sides coming back out for one ball after over an hour of constant rain, but admitted to not deserving to get a point anyway thanks to Malinga's 6-7 spell.

"He bowled beautifully. He bowled yorkers that were on the money from the word go, swung the ball and then he had good variations with his slower ball and the odd bumper. Unfortunately we just couldn't counter it and he won them the game singlehandedly," Katich said.

"It was farcical, but they deserved to win and we don't hide away from that. It probably should have been (called off), but that's the way it goes. It's never going to be fair because they did deserve to win the game, but at the same time the conditions still have to be playable for both teams and we had a lot of rain in that hour."

Malinga himself was pleased with the way the Stars bounced back from last Friday's loss to the Renegades.

"Everyone was waiting for the win after we lost the first game. We know we have a good side and we have a long way to go in the tournament still, but this win is very important to us," Malinga said.

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"Last week was a tough and tight game, but after that everyone did well in this match and we now will try and take that into the future matches."

- AAP

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