Big Bash League: Glenn Maxwell leads Melbourne Stars into semis

Glenn Maxwell dazzles with 82 runs as Melbourne Stars leapfrogs Brisbane Heat into fourth position in Sunday's final regular-season game.

Glenn Maxwell struck six sixes and four fours in his 43-ball 82.   -  Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell's stunning performance saw Melbourne Stars crush Sydney Sixers by 94 runs to secure the last spot in the Big Bash League semifinals.

Maxwell dazzled with 82 runs off 43 balls as the Stars leapfrogged Brisbane Heat into fourth position in Sunday's final game of the regular season. The Australian all-rounder's memorable display saw the Stars post a total of 168 for 6 at the MCG in Melbourne.

Maxwell's bowling team-mates then finished the job, bowling out Sixers for just 74 as Sydney blew the chance to host a BBL semifinal.

MAXWELL MAGIC IN MELBOURNE

Local favourite Maxwell took centre-stage when Stars needed him most in the do-or-die clash. Maxwell caught fire late in the innings, scoring his final 65 runs off just 23 deliveries, including three sixes in the final over from Ben Dwarshuis (1 for 34).

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Stars — which was sent into bat by Sixers — was 101 for 4 in the 16th over when Maxwell pummelled Sydney's bowlers, while he also claimed a wicket. Marcus Stoinis (34) and Peter Handscomb (35) provided valuable contributions, after the former twice benefited from Tom Curran's (2 for 39) poor fielding.

GAME TO FORGET FOR SORRY SIXERS

Bowled out for 74 — the fourth lowest total in BBL history. It was an embarrassing outing for Sixers.

Maxwell's performance alone outscored Sixers, whose previous lowest score was 99 for 9 in 2017.

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Wickets fell regularly as Daniel Hughes (12), Steve O'Keefe (11 not out) and Curran (10) were the only Sixers batsmen to reach double-figures. Sandeep Lamichhane led Stars with 3 for 11, while Daniel Worrall (2 for 24) and Adam Zampa (2 for 15) were the next best bowlers.

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Attention will now turn to the semis, with minor premiers Hobart Hurricanes awaiting the Stars. Stars and Hurricanes will meet at Bellerive on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Sixers will be back in Melbourne for Friday's clash with the Renegades at Marvel Stadium.