Melbourne Stars did produce a convincing performance in their first game of the Big Bash League against Hobart Hurricanes at Hobart.Hurricanes did bat well as they put a commanding total of 188 runs on the board due to superb innings played by captain Tim Paine who made 91 runs while George Bailey also scored unbeaten 74 runs to see them end up with a good score on the board.
Stars reply was superb as openers Luke Wright and Rob Quiney put on 88 run partnership to lay down an ideal foundation for other batsmen in the lineup. Glenn Maxwell then joined with Quiney once Wright departed after scoring 48 runs dismissed by spinner Cameron Boyce. Hobart Hurricanes did get off to a shaky start as two wickets fell for six runs before Tim Paine and George Bailey came together at the crease to put on a 145 run stand to help the side score over 180 runs from their 20 overs.
Rob Quiney delivered the goods with the bat when it mattered the most for Melbourne Stars. The left hand batsman found no favor last season as he batted in middle over for most of the season but fortunes changed as he scored 75 runs off 43 balls to see Stars notch up a win by seven wickets.
Earlier in the day, Hobart Hurricanes put on 188 runs due to captain Tim Paine’s excellent innings of 91 runs. He paced his innings well and played sensibly to score his second half century of the tournament. Melbourne Stars would be well pleased with their performance while Hurricanes have plenty of worries in terms of bowling resources are concerned.