Despite chasing down 140 totals on two occasions at the MCG this season, the Stars have shown in previous seasons that they aren’t very steady under the pressure of finals.
As the Sixers did, the Stars started watchfully but played some questionable shots as Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin both picked out fielders to hand the visitors their wicket.
Josh Hazlewood produced a beauty to knock over Peter Handscomb and when Nic Maddinson spooned one straight to gully off Nathan Lyon the Stars were in trouble early.
Seb Gotch dragged on a delivery from Steve O’Keefe the very next over and once Glenn Maxwell holed out in the deep it look unlikely the Stars would be able to recover at 6/55.
The home side crashed to be all out for 99 and will have to go back to the drawing board to bounce back against the winner of tomorrow nights ‘Knockout’ between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder.