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Both the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes started BBL|09 with a win.
But only one team can keep their unbeaten streak alive when two of last year’s finalists meet in Moe.
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It didn’t start well for the Hobart Hurricanes after they lost the toss and were made to bowl first.
The dangerous Marcus Stoinis was dropped by Clive Rose in the second over, with a tough caught and bowled chance put down. The right-hand was living dangerously after Riley Meredith made a meal of a chance in the outfield.
Nic Maddinson was clean bowled by 40. But replays soon showed Nathan Ellis had overstepped, resulting in the Star returning to the crease.
Simon Milenko clung onto one of the catches of the tournament to dismiss Maddinson for 40. Ben Dunk was promoted to No.3, but was bowled by Qais Ahmed for 19. Ahmed then took a ripping catch to remove Friday’s hero, Glenn Maxwell.
Just when the Stars looked like stuttering, Stoinis found another gear, ending his innings on 81*.
The Melbourne Stars completed their 20 overs on 4-163.
After five overs, the Hobart Hurricanes are 2-41 in reply with David Miller (6*) and Caleb Jewell (20*).
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes
Sunday December 22, 2.45pm
Bat flip: 2pm
Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe, Victoria
Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (c), Peter Handscomb (wk), Ben Dunk, Clint Hinchcliff, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Hobart Hurricanes: D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (c, wk), David Miller, Mac Wright, Simon Milenko, Tom Rogers, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith
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