The Sydney Sixers are 3-163 from 19 overs in reply to the Melbourne Stars’ 5-173 at the MCG, with Jordan Silk (9) and James Vince (88) at the crease.
Josh Philippe was was first man out for the Sixers caught by Campbell Kellaway off Nathan Coulter-Nile for 10 from 13 balls.
MATCH CENTRE: Stars vs Sixers teams, scorecard, videos, updates
Watch BBL12. Every game live and ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
Short inspires run chase with 100* | 02:00
Daniel Hughes scored 28 from 22 before he was caught by Kellaway off Beau Webster.
Moises Henriques smashed two fours and a six in his 23 from 14 balls before he was caught by Rogers to give Trent Boult a wicket in his last match of BBL12.
The Melbourne Stars made 5-173 from their 20 overs after being sent in by the Sydney Sixers at the MCG, with Marcus Stoinis top scoring with 52 from just 28 balls for the hosts.
Joe Clarke was first man out for the Stars caught behind by Josh Philippe off the bowling of spinner Izharulhaq Naveed for 12.
Tom Rogers blasted three fours and two sixes in his 48 off 33 balls, before he fell to a brilliant diving catch from Chris Jordan in the deep.
However, the umpire sent it upstairs for review with a soft signal of not out much to the dismay of Jordan.
But replays confirmed Jordan made the catch with ease and had his fingers were under the ball at all times.
Hilton Cartwright got 36 from 31 after being promoted to No.3, before he was caught by Jordan Silk off Sean Abbott.
Marcus Stoinis continued his season revival after a slow start, blasting 52 from 28 balls, including seven fours and two sixes, before he was Abbott’s second scalp caught by Dan Christian.
“That is Marcus Stoinis at his very best. He’s back,” West Indies legend Brian Lara told Fox Cricket
“He played a beautiful innings a couple of matches ago, tonight this has been special.”
Beau Webster only managed 8 and Nick Larkin 5 and Campbell Kellaway 2 finished unbeaten to take the Stars to 173 from their 20 overs.
The Melbourne Stars host the Sydney Sixers in a crucial clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Sixers won the bat flip and chose to bowl first.
The last placed Stars desperately need a win to keep their finals hopes alive, while the third placed Sixers can move to outright first with a win albeit having played two more games than the Scorchers and Thunder.
The Stars are coming off a heavy defeat to the Renegades in their last start, while the Sixers clash with the Heat ended in no result due to rain.
Joe Clarke and Marcus Stoinis loom as danger men with the bat for the Stars, while Trent Boult and Adam Zampa will lead the charge with the ball.
For the Sixers, Josh Philippe and James Vince have been in hot form with the bat, while Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis will be key with ball in hand.
It sets the scene for an intriguing clash between two of the pre-season heavyweights at the MCG.
Stars XI: Joe Clarke (wk), Tom Rogers, Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa (c)
Sixers XI: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Dan Christian, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Chris Jordan, Todd Murphy, Izharulhaq Naveed
FOLLOW THE ACTION IN OUR LIVE BLOG BELOW. CAN’T SEE IT? CLICK HERE.