14 Dec 2012

Malinga helps Stars to a big win

6:08 am on 14 December 2012

The Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga took six wickets for seven runs to help the Melbourne Stars beat the Perth Scorchers by 10 wickets in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 cricket competition.

Malinga returned the best-ever figures in Australian domestic Twenty20, while the Scorchers' total of 69 is the lowest-ever Big Bash score.

The match ended when Melbourne returned to the field on 29 without loss from two overs after a rain delay and were required to face one ball before being awarded the game via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Most onlookers believed five overs had to be played to bring about a result, but the umpires ruled that as the Stars had already exceeded the necessary target needed at that point in the game, they were awarded the match.