Hilfenhaus sees Stars home
Ben Hilfenhaus got Melbourne Stars out of trouble and steered them to a two-wicket Big Bash League win over Adelaide Strikers at the MCG.
Hilfenhaus earned man-of-the-match honours after his unbeaten 32 from 24 balls, which included a six and three fours.
The Stars were 107-6 when he came to the wicket, with another 46 runs needed. Having earlier taken 2-21, Hilfenhaus belted 18 off a single Wes Agar over to help get his side home.
New Zealand international legspinner Ish Sodhi impressed on his BBL bow for the Strikers, with 2-25 off four overs.
He also made an impact with his fielding including snaring a run out of Stars import Kevin Pietersen.
The former England star had at one point refused to bat, clashing with umpires over Strikers all-rounder Kieron Pollard's strapped bowling hand.
Pietersen demanded Pollard remove the tape on his bruised hand before he would face a ball against him, but eventually relented and made 32 off 29 balls.
The Strikers made 152-8 after being sent in to bat, Ben Dunk top-scoring with 35 off 25 balls. Dunk, the BBL's second-best run-scorer this season, hit five fours before David Hussey took a brilliant catch at full stretch off the bowling of 19-year-old Liam Bowe's bowling.
Scott Boland claimed four Strikers wickets including two in the space of four balls to dismiss Brad Hodge and Tim Ludeman.
Ben Laughlin did his best to stop the Stars running down their target at the end, nabbing both Evan Gulbis and Boland in the penultimate over and finishing with 3-19.
Meanwhile, defending champions Sydney Thunder are 7/5 to win their next game against Sydney Sixers, with Shane Watson 3/1 to be the Thunder's top batsman and James Vince available at 11/4.
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