Daniel Worrall and Glenn Maxwell have propelled Melbourne Stars to an upset six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes and into the Big Bash League final.
Worrall took 4-23 before Maxwell hit an unbeaten 43 as the Stars reached their target of 154 with seven balls to spare at Bellerive Oval on Thursday night.
Skipper Maxwell played a cool hand in the sudden-death semi-final after coming to the crease at 3-78.
The knock, that included just four boundaries, was a different tempo but equally as valuable as his 82 to get the Stars past Sydney Sixers and into the top four.
"He continues to surprise and pull things out of the hat," Worrall said.
"It was such a mature innings. He did it so effortlessly."
Afghani teen sensation Qais Ahmad kept the Hurricanes in the match with 3-33 in the middle overs.
The legspinner produced some magical deliveries, including an unplayable ball to clean bowl the dangerous Marcus Stoinis for 18.
But it wasn't enough, with Seb Gotch (33no from 22) sealing the win emphatically with a six over cover.
The Stars finished 4-157 and await the winner of the Melbourne Renegades and the Sixers, who play on Friday night.
It was an abrupt end to BBL08 for the Hurricanes, who finished two games clear atop the table and were previously unbeaten this season in Hobart.
It was also an unsavoury night for George Bailey, who was forced from the field after dislocating his right shoulder while diving to save a boundary.
The veteran is expected to have scans in coming days.
"It didn't look good on the ground," Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade said, adding his side didn't execute well enough with the bat.
"If we'd could have gotten another 15-20 runs, then we probably could have put them under a bit more pressure."
Earlier, Worrall took career-best Twenty20 figures as the Hurricanes wobbled to 7-153 after being sent in.
Worral had the ball nipping early and picked up two scalps in the second over.
He dismissed the in-form Wade for just two with his first ball and then cleaned bowled rookie Caleb Jewell as the Hurricanes fell to 2-5.
"I actually meant to put that one on his hip. But I'll take it," Worrall said.
D'Arcy Short mounted a counter-attack but when he holed out for 35 to long-on off the leg-spin of Adam Zampa, it left Hobart in a spot of bother at 3-42 after the powerplay.
Ben McDermott (53) and Bailey (37) resurrected the innings with a 75-run partnership but went eight overs without hitting a boundary.
Bailey unleashed two massive sixes off Zampa to break the shackles but became Worrall's third victim when he couldn't clear long on.
McDermott holed out to Dwayne Bravo in the 18th over, as the Hurricanes lost three wickets in the last three overs.
Australian Associated Press