Chasing 100 runs to win in 11 overs in the rain-struck game, the 17-year-old right-hander fell by 8 (10 balls, 1 four) in the fourth over.
His first wicket association with Alyssa Healy, who hit a superb 57 (27 balls, 11 fours), gave up 40 runs before Shafali was thrown by Annabel Sutherland trying a great effort.
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The Sixers appeared to be on their way to a comfortable victory before losing three wickets, including Healy’s. But Nicole bolton (7 not out) and Angela Reakes (3 not out) took them home.
Previously sent at bat by Sixers captain Ellyse Perry, the Melbourne Stars rode on a quick 54 no out (31 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) from Elyse Villani to go 99-for-1 in 11 overs.
Captain Meg Lanning contributed 23 (17 balls, 4 fours).
Shafali helped break the Stars’ opening partnership by running out of Annabel Sutherland (14).
Another Indian in the Sixers lineup, left arm roulette Radha Yadav, she was undaunted in her two overs and didn’t get a chance to hit.