Mascarenhas and Katich set for Big Bash clash

Mascarenhas set to face Katich in Big Bash clash

Mascarenhas set to face Katich in Big Bash clash

First published in Sport

DIMI Mascarenhas is preparing go head-to-head with a former Hampshire teammate - for the right to face another in the Big Bash final.

The 35-year-old all-rounder is expected to keep his place in the Melbourne Stars side for their Australian Big Bash semi-final against Simon Katich’s Perth Scorchers.

Mascarenhas, pictured, made a winning debut for the Stars last week when he was a late call-up to the side for their must-win game against Sydney Thunder.

Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga – Stars’ leading wicket-taker in the Big Bash with 13 wickets – was withdrawn to concentrate on his international commitments.

And Stars skipper Shane Warne – a good friend of Mascarenhas – was serving a one-game suspension for an on-field bust-up.

Warne, who returns to skipper the Stars tomorrow, was the reason behind Mascarenhas’ signing.

Ian Chappell, chairman of the Stars’ selectors, explained: “I’m glad we took Warney’s advice as Dimitri showed himself to be a good competitive cricketer in the game against the Thunder and helped us win that crucial match.

“He could have a further part to play in the semi. He’s a very experienced cricketer who excels in the shorter forms of the game.

“He’s a hard-hitting batsman, capable of scoring quickly, he’s a wicket-taker, and he’s a good fielder. We are very pleased to have him.”

Tomorrow's winners will play a Brisbane Heat side including Dan Christian in Saturday's final after they beat the Melbourne Renegades by 15 runs today.

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