Nicholas Pooran 17-ball fifty: Melbourne Stars wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran hits jointly 4th fastest half-century in BBL history against Sydney Sixers (SYS vs MLS) in the 14th Big Bash League game now is in progress at Carrara Oval. Pooran hits a scintillating 17-ball fifty, the fastest for Melbourne Stars and the joint fastest-ever in BBL history. In reply to MLS's 194, Daniel Hughes-led side struggling to gets going and still needs in excess of 100 runs with six wickets remaining.
Earlier, Sydney Sixers have won the toss and have opted to field. Melbourne Stars not started well and losing wickets on the regular basis. But when the Windies emerging batsman Nicholas Pooran came on to the crease, he neutralizes the Sixers' blunt bowling attack in the company of Stars' skipper Glenn Maxwell. Pooran and Maxwell put a 125-run stand for the 5th wickets and propelled Melbourne Stars to a mammoth 193/5 in 20 overs.
Pooran-Maxwell hammered the ball all around the park with their power-hitting abilities. Pooran is off like a bullet train after starting like a tuk-tuk and hits 65 off just 26 balls studded with 2 fours and 8 massive blows all over the corner. While his teammate and Stars' captain Maxwell remains unbeaten on 71 off 47 deliveries, including as many fours and sixes.
Meanwhile, ''Universal Boss'' Chris Gayle still holds the record for the fastest T20I fifty in Big Bash League. Gayle slammed 12-ball fifty against Melbourne renegades in BBL season 5.
Nic Maddinson is missing from the XI for Melbourne Stars. Stoinis has been given extra time at home as he has spent a couple of months in the bio bubble, while Maddinson was not able to make it to Queensland because of border restrictions. Zahir Khan, the Afghanistan mystery, makes his debut for the Stars. Meanwhile, the Sixers have gone in with the same lineup against Melbourne Stars.