By Gareth Morgan at The Furnace, Omnisport
An incredible display of bowling from Lasith Malinga has fired the Melbourne Stars to a thumping 10-wicket over a shell-shocked Perth Scorchers side at The Furnace.
The Sri Lanka paceman set a new KFC T20 Big Bash League record in taking 6-7 from his four overs as the home side were dismissed for just 69 - the lowest ever team total in Australian T20 domestic history.
Only Adam Voges
(14) and Hilton Cartwright
(17) managed to even make double figures for the Scorchers, with big names Herschelle Gibbs
and Marcus North
dismissed without troubling the scorers and Simon Katich
managing just one.
A lengthy rain interruption then ensued with the Stars having made 0-29 from their first two overs, but fortunately the weather eventually relented sufficiently to allow the one delivery to be bowled that meant the visitors could be declared winners under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
Where it was won
By an extravagantly-coiffured paceman with a killer yorker in his armoury.
The rest of the Stars played their part with some decent support bowling and livewire fielding, but this game was effectively won single-handedly by Malinga
The ball may have been slippery following an unusually wet day in Perth, but the Stars' spearhead certainly had no problem controlling it and he left the Scorchers reeling.
Where it was lost
The Scorchers' innings began badly when Gibbs was dismissed for a duck in the first over and once North and Katich followed suit in quick succession, the home side never looked likely to recover.
Bamboozled by Malinga's pace, last season's beaten finalists were incapable of even defending their stumps let alone finding the boundary and it was a surprise that they managed to prolong the agony as far as the 16th over.
Who killed it
Not a tricky choice this one. Malinga brutally reduced the Scorchers' impressive battling line-up to rubble with a record-breaking spell of pace bowling that was a joy to behold.
With the minor exception of two leg-side wides, the 29-year-old barely bowled a single bad ball during his four-over blitz and the home side simply had no answer to him.
Take your pick from any of Malinga's magnificent six dismissals.
The yorkers that accounted for North
, Tom Triffitt (four), Nathan Coulter-Nile (0) and Joe Mennie (two) were all but unplayable, leaving the Scorchers' batsmen bemused and presumably grateful that all their toes were still in one piece.
The lifter that forced Katich to parry to David Hussey at second slip was also a beauty and the home fans were rightly generous in their appreciation when the 29-year-old's awe-inspiring spell came to an end.
Where to next
Having now suffered consecutive home defeats, the Scorchers desperately need to regroup and will have to do so on the road as they head east for Sunday's clash with the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.
As for the resurgent Stars, they return to Melbourne to host the Hobart Hurricanes who will travel to the MCG on Saturday brimming with confidence after last week's eight-wicket victory over the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.