India vs Australia 2019: Marcus Stoinis Doubtful for the Series-Decider at Feroz Shah Kotla
Australia Cricket team all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is unlikely to be a part of the playing XI that takes on Indian National Cricket team on March 13 (Wednesday) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Meanwhile, the all-rounder also missed the fourth ODI at Mohali after sustaining a thumb fracture during the third ODI.
Meanwhile, this will be a massive setback for Stoinis ahead of the ICC World Cup. Marcus Stoinis’ contributions with the bat throughout the series have been noteworthy. His 52 in Nagpur brought Australia within a shout of victory and the 26-ball 31 in the third ODI key in getting Australia to a match-winning total of 313 for five. Speaking about Stoinis’ recovery, teammate Peter Handscomb said that they don’t want to rush with him. The all-rounder is a crucial component in the side and will be pivotal for Australia in the showpiece event in England.
“He’ll look to play at some stage but it’s just pain management with him. When it’s your bottom-hand thumb it makes it hard to hold the bat. We’ve just got to wait and see with him,” he said.
Australia, however, will be keen to give Marcus Stoinis some game time in the upcoming series against Pakistan. Aaron Finch & Co will play five ODIs against them in the UAE in a bid to prepare for the World Cup.
Australia level series
Meanwhile, the visiting team produced a stunning comeback to level the series 2-2 from 2-0 down. The batsmen made a strong comeback which changed the outlook of the whole team. Chasing a mammoth target of 359 runs, a massive 202-run third-wicket partnership between Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb set the tone for Australia. Ashton Turner, who replaced Marcus Stoinis in the playing XI, made full use of the opportunity to play a match-winning knock of 84 runs from just 43 deliveries including five fours and six sixes to steal the tie away from the Indian National Cricket team.
Previously, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made merry of the Australian bowlers. After suffering in the first three games, they finally came to the party to add 193 runs for the first wicket. The middle-order also chipped in with useful contribution to set a daunting task of chasing 359 runs. But the visiting team were better on the given day as they stretch the series to the fifth game at Delhi on March 13.
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