Just over a month after being released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Marcus Stoinis has shown that the franchise might have taken a wrong step by scoring a sensational century on Saturday in the ongoing Big Bash League. It was his first century in Australia’s premier T20 competition as he helped Stars put up a mammoth total in the ongoing game against Sydney Sixers.
One of Australia’s finest limited-overs players right now, Marcus Stoinis was surprisingly released by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The allrounder had failed to do well last season and the Royal Challengers might have run out of patience with him. He was later bought by Delhi Capitals who are coached by Stoinis’ compatriot and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
The national capital-based outfit shelled out a staggering amount of INR 4.80 crore to secure the Australian star’s services. And they would be delighted with the way Marcus Stoinis has been performing in the BBL. He started the competition with an unbeaten knock of 81 before scoring three more fifties in the next six games.
And on Saturday, he made the most of his form by scoring first-ever T20 century. Marcus Stoinis reached his century off 60 balls. He eventually remained unbeaten on 147 off 79 deliveries. His knock was studded with 13 fours and 8 sixes.
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Melbourne Stars, meanwhile, finished their innings on a mammoth total of 219 for 1. With Marcus Stoinis going all out from one end, Hilton Cartwright played the role of second fiddle to perfection. The two added a mammoth total of 207 runs before Cartwright was dismissed on the first ball of the very last over after scoring 59 off 40 balls. Melbourne Stars, meanwhile, remain on the top of the standings after winning seven of their opening eight games.