Eoin Morgan’s stellar performance helps Sydney Thunder clinch last-ball win over Melbourne Stars

Sydney Thunder finally managed to break their duck as Eoin Morgan played a blinder to take the side home to win the contest by six wickets. The reigning champions will be relieved to get a win under their belt at last but it certainly took something special from Morgan who remained unbeaten till the end to score 71 runs off 50 balls to see Thunder come out on top against Melbourne Stars.

It all came down to the final ball of the innings as Morgan smashed a poor delivery for six off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus. Pat Cummins was at the other end prove to be ideal partner for Morgan as the side chased down a score of 166 runs in 20 overs.

Earlier in the day, Sydney Thunder won the toss and fielded first on a good surface prepared for the game. Glenn Maxwell was his usual best as he provided brisk start to the innings and scored 34 runs off 22 balls to see the side score 45 runs from 5 overs. Maxwell stay was cut short at the crease he was dismissed by Shane Watson. Luke Wright also got off to a start and fell after scoring 25 runs to see Stars placed at 67 for 2 after 7 overs. He played sensibly in theĀ  initial flew overs but went berserk as he launched an onslaught on Chris Green and Gurinder Sandhu as rate of scoring increased with flurry of fours and sixes.

Shane Watson came back and pegged things back for Thunder to see Melbourne Stars must only 19 runs in the last five overs once Kevin Pietersen went back to the hut after scoring 60 runs off 37 balls.He struck seven fours and two sixes in his innings. Chris Green also came into the attack as he dismissed James Faulkner and Sam Harper in a succession to see Stars lose momentum in the innings to end up with a total of 166 runs from 20 overs.

Morgan played sensibly in the chase for Thunder as he started a bit rusty struggling to time the ball but things changed when he smashed spinner Michael Beer for a four and six. The game turned at that moment as he took calculated risks against Stars to see his side end up winning the contest.

Sydney Thunder needed this win as a loss here surely would have pushed them closer to an early exit in the competition. Thunder need to perform their best in the next few games to stay alive in the competition while Stars have to assess their performance with the ball and come up with better plans in the next game.

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