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Twitter Reactions: Clinical Melbourne Stars take down the table toppers Hurricanes to book a place in the final

Worrall bowled a match-winning spell of 4/23 to take the Stars into the final.

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Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Melbourne Stars had momentum coming into the semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes and they continued in the same vein at the Bellerive Oval. The table-toppers played like the Champions during the whole league stage and couldn’t put their best foot forward when it mattered the most. Daniel Worrall pulled off a sensational spell for the Stars which eventually turned out to be match-winning in the context.

After being put in to bat first, the Hurricanes lost the man in form and their skipper Matthew Wade in the second over itself. He was snaffled by Worrall on the very first ball of his spell and then he went on to send back Caleb Jewell to put the Hurricanes in early trouble. D’Arcy Short played an entertaining knock of 35 but was undone by a variation by Adam Zampa.

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At 42/3 in the sixth over, the hosts were in deep trouble but the veteran George Bailey and Ben McDermott played sensibly to stitch a 75-run stand for the fourth wicket. However, both of them fell at the wrong time and the Hurricanes couldn’t get a finishing kick. They ended up at 153 runs for the loss of seven wickets after 20 overs. Worrall returned with the best figures of 4/23 in his four overs.

Maxwell leads the chase

Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis opened the innings for the Stars. But the former was sent back by Jofra Archer to give the Hurricanes an early hope. Stoinis and Peter Handscomb then played carefully to take the team past the 50-run mark. However, the introduction of the Afghan leggie Qais Ahmad turned the tables dramatically. He picked the key wickets of Stoinis, Handscomb and Nic Maddinson in his first three overs.

But then Glenn Maxwell and Seb Gotch got together at a very crucial stage and won the game sensibly for their team. They didn’t panic at all and calculated the chase beautifully. Their unbeaten stand of 72 runs for the fifth wicket took the Stars into the final as Maxwell remained unbeaten on 43 while Gotch scored 33.

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