Marcus Stoinis has set the stage on fire in BBL 2019-20 with his knocks but on Sunday, the opening batsman of Melbourne Stars took his form to another level.
Playing against Sydney Sixers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the all-rounder smashed 147 not out from just 79 balls. It is the highest individual score by any batsman in the Big Bash League's history. Stoinis hit 13 fours and eight sixes on the way to his record knock.
Melbourne Stars lost the toss and were put in to bat by Sydney Sixers. Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright started slowly and tried building a foundation. Once they were set, they cut loose especially Stoinis. Cartwright made 59 off 40 balls and mostly played second fiddle to Stoinis' magic innings.
The duo smashed the sixers' bowlers all over the park. They produced a record partnership of 207 runs for the first wicket which propelled Stars' to 219 for 1. In reply, Sixers slipped to 175 for 7, losing the match by 44 runs. This was Stars’ eighth win in nine matches in this tournament and they are currently the table-toppers.
Fans on twitter absolutely lost it after seeing the unbelievable innings by the all-rounder.
Marcus Stoinis has been playing a key role in Stars' performance this season and this was his fifth 50-plus score in nine innings in this tournament. He is currently the leading run-getter in the tournament with 478 runs at an average of 79.66 and a strike rate of 134. The next best is Shaun Marsh, who has scored 319 runs, which behind Stoinis.
Marcus Stoinis has been struggling to get into the Australian squad for some time now. A poor show at the World Cup 2019 became the reason why he was overlooked by the Australian selectors. He hasn't played any T20I since early February last year. His Big Bash performances will surely put him in line for selection for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which will be held in Australia. Stoinis was picked up by Delhi Capitals at the IPL Auction for the 2020 season for 4.8 Crores INR.