Marcus Stoinis, who recently received his maiden call-up to the squad for Sri Lanka Tests; has helped Melbourne Stars win a tight contest against Brisbane Heat at the MCG. On Sunday, during the game number 32 of BBL 2018-19, Stoinis scored 43 runs and collected four wickets to see his team win by five runs. Meanwhile, Stars are currently third on the table with 12 points to their name.
Marcus ‘the hero’ saves Melbourne’s day
Brisbane Heat decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Though the pitch wasn’t as easy as it had been, the hosts still began well. The all-rounder, Stoinis opened alongside Ben Dunk, and the pair scored 63 for the first wicket.
Marcus was the one to get out, but he seemed to have done the damage; scoring 43 off 29 balls which included four fours and a six. Later, the wickets then fell in a cluster, as at one stage, they got reduced to 110 for five. Courtesy a collective bowling effort; Heat restricted Melbourne to a modest 134 for eight in 20 overs.
While chasing, the visitors began well but lost the openers within five deliveries inside a PowerPlay. Though they lost two quick wickets further too, Matt Renshaw stuck around and scored a valiant 45 off 43 deliveries. The bowlers also kept it tight for the Heat’s players, as runs didn’t come easy in the fag end of the match.
However, Jimmy Peirson did hit some runs; it wasn’t enough, as four wickets for Marcus Stoinis turned out to be too good for them. The all-rounder attained the figures of 4/21 in four overs to see his team home.
Brief score –
Melbourne Stars – 134/8, Brisbane Heat – 129/8
Melbourne Stars won the match by five runs