Sixers win second BBL title in rain-shortened final

Sydney Sixers have picked up a 19-run victory over Melbourne Stars in the rain-shortened final of the 2019-20 Big Bash League at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday to win a second Big Bash.Sixers win second BBL title in rain-shortened final

Initially it had been feared that no cricket would be played, with some weather forecasts predicting heavy rain through Saturday in the city. In that case, the Sixers would have secured the crown, having won over Glenn Maxwell’s side in a qualifier for the final.

However, eventually the match went on with new action, though reduced to 12 overs per side and started one hour 10 minutes late after persistent rain.

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The home team was sent into bat in a game reduced to 12 overs a side and made 116 for five, with the Stars managing just 97 for six in reply.

Josh Philippe made a polished 52 for the Sixers. His knock included four fours and three sixes. The innings Philippe played in this match was simply a treat to watch for the small crowd of 10,121, and it is the latest piece of evidence from the 22-year-old as to why so many believe he is destined for higher honours.

“He’s definitely someone who has been talked about at different times, just because of the raw talent,” said Australia’s T20I captain Aaron Finch. “You can see him being a long-term player for Australia down the track.”

It was the second BBL title for the Sixers, and their first since the inaugural season of the Australian domestic competition in 2011-12. On the other hand, the Stars have now lost all three of their Big Bash finals.

Brief Scores: Sydney Sixers 116/5 in 12 overs (Josh Phillipe 52, Jordan Silk 27*; Adam Zampa 2-24, Glenn Maxwell 2-17) beat Melbourne Stars 97/6 in 12 overs (Nick Larkin 38*, Nathan Coulter-Bile 19*; Nathan Lyon 2-19, Steve Okeefe 2-27) by 19 runs (Game reduced to 12 overs per side due to rain).

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