The tournaments leading run scorer Marcus Stoinis looked to attack from the star, whacking Nathan Lyon over mid-off first ball of the innings before smashing him for six. However, the Sixers gamble paid off as Stoinis picked out Abbott on the square leg boundary just the fourth ball of the match.
The start quickly got worse for the Stars as Nic Maddinson struggled to find any rhythm against Josh Hazlewood before lobbing a mistimed cut shot to cover off the big fast bowler.
When off-spinner Steve O’Keefe trapped Glenn Maxwell lbw the very next over the Stars were in big trouble at 3/19 after the powerplay.
The demons started the creep in for the Stars and it defied belief when Peter Handscomb was run out following a mix-up despite there being no realistic chance of two.