An economical spell of bowling by Dwayne Bravo couldn’t help the Melbourne Stars avoid a 6-wicket loss to the Perth Scorchers.
Bravo failed with the bat, making a 2-ball duck as Andrew Tye ran riot on the Stars line-up.
The Australian took 4/18 in 4 overs, including bowling the Trinbagonian all-rounder with a fiery, leg-stump full-toss.
Tye’s rampage saw Melbourne go from 69/2 around the half-way point to 146/6 in 20 overs.
The Stars’ resistance was fueled only by Ben Dunk who made 62 from 47 balls he skied a David Willey slower-ball bouncer to Ashton Agar at backward-point.
Perth’s response was well-measured – Cameron Bancroft (59) and Michael Klinger (29) put on a 75-run opening stand before Ashton Turner began his blitz.
Bravo removed Agar and Hilton Cartwright ending with 2/18 in 3 overs.
However, Turner’s 43 not out from just 22 balls ended any hope a Stars’ comeback as Perth got to their target with 14 balls to spare.
Tye was, unsurprisingly, named Man of the Match.
Perth remains bottom of the table on 4 points from 7 games but the win keeps their campaign alive, while Bravo’s Stars sit in 3rd place with 6 points from 6 games.