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Jack Skelton

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  1. Post update

    The Stars need 20.5 runs per over.

    Good luck taking 20 runs off Josh Hazlewood.

    The big Aussie quick is back on for his final over.

  2. Stars 76-6

    Target 117

    Swing and a miss from NCN last up.

    Just two overs to go.

  3. Stars 76-6

    Need 41 runs off 13 balls

    And now NCN top edges a hook shot over the keeper for four.

  4. Stars 72-6

    After a couple of miscues, Nathan Coulter-Nile finds the middle of the bat and pulls it into the stands behind deep mid-wicket.

    Heck of a strike.

  5. Stars 62-6

    Nathan Coulter-Nile batters it down the ground but Steve Smith scurries across to cut off the boundary and keep it to two.

  6. Stars 60-6

    Need 57 runs from 18 balls

    Steve O'Keefe's spell ends on a down note as Nick Larkin swipes him away for an overdue boundary.

    Three overs to go - Stars need 57 runs.


    Gotch c Abbott b O'Keefe 8 (Stars 54-6)

    The Stars need to deal in sixes. Seb Gotch tries to find one but miscues his shot.

    Sean Abbott settles himelf at deep mid-wicket and completes the catch.

    This has been very chastening for the visitors.

  8. Stars 49-5

    Target 117

    Top over by Ben Dwarshuis, just five from it.

    The Stars now need an eye-watering 17 runs per over.

  9. Stars 44-5

    Ben Dwarshuis enters the attack and first ball pulls off a fine bit of fielding in his follow through to make it a dot ball.

    All going the Sixers' way.

  10. Stars 44-5

    Need 73 runs off 30 balls

    Someone is going to have to do something very, very special for Melbourne Stars here.

  11. Stars 40-5

    Seb Gotch survives a very tight lbw appeal first ball.

    And ball tracking shows that was hitting off stump!

    The umpire giveth, the umpire taketh away.

    Does that make it even?

  12. Post update

    Ooof. That ball from Lyon was actually just going over middle stump.

    It looked out in real time and certainly not a howler from the umpire.

  13. WICKET

    Dunk lbw Lyon 11 (Stars 40-5)

    The Stars look on course to lose a third Big Bash final.

    Canny stuff from Nathan Lyon, just bowling stump to stump and getting the ball to straighten enough to hit Ben Dunk on the pads in front.

    The umpire raises the finger and off Dunk goes.

  14. Stars 39-4

    Required run rate - 13.00

    Steve Smith makes a diving stop down the ground as Ben Dunk picks up two.

    Another swipe through wide mid-on brings one.

    Nick Larkin backs away off the last and cuts it away for a single.

    Better over for the Stars - 12 from it. But the required rate is even higher than that.

  15. Stars 35-4

    Much, much more of this needed from the visitors.

    Steve O'Keefe serves it up in the slot and Ben Dunk smashes it into the stands over mid-wicket.

  16. Stars 27-4

    Need 90 off 42 balls

    New man Ben Dunk plays and misses and then picks out a fielder.

    And another play and miss.

    He finally connects and swivels a low pull shot out to deep square leg for a single.

    The Stars need 90 runs off 42 balls at 12.86 runs per over.

  17. Post update

    "I don't know what they were thinking," says Steve Smith.

    "I had plenty of time and it wasn't a big throw."

  18. WICKET

    Handscomb run out (Smith) 5 (Stars 25-4)

    A terrible mix up puts the Stars further into the mire.

    Peter Handscomb clips down the ground to Steve Smith.

    There is never two on but both batsmen turn to attempt it.

    Nick Larkin slips and Handscomb is stranded down the pitch as the throw comes in and Sean Abbott calmly removes the bails.


  19. Post update

    Sean Abbott replaces Steve O'Keefe.

  20. Stars 24-3

    Target 117

    Josh Hazlewood has conceded just six runs from his two overs.

    Does he bowl out now or do the Sixers save his last over for later?