Over the years, the game of cricket has seen some really freak dismissals and Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin just fell short of extending the list of freak dismissals. The two nearly made things tough for themselves during the Big Bash League (BBL) Challenger clash against Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
But fortunately for the Stars, the mix up did not result into a dismissal and the two went on to help the team storm into the final of the tournament. On the other hand, the Thunder were left ruing the fact they couldn’t break the partnership sooner which eventually made the difference in the game.
In the 14th over of the innings, Stoinis punched a Jonathan Cook delivery wide of long-on and straightaway called for a double. While coming back for the second run, the two batsmen collided mid-way, with Larkin even losing his bat. Thunder, however, missed their chance to run-out Larkin as the throw was wayward and the batsman survived made his way back into the non-striker’s end.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Did you know there once was a man who collided with Marcus Stoinis and lived to tell the tale? 😏
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) February 6, 2020
Larkin was batting on 30 (26) when this incident happened and he finished the innings with 83 (49) not out. The Stars ace slammed nine boundaries and three massive sixes and shared a 117-run stand with Stoinis to power his team to a mammoth total of 192 for 2. Stoinis scored 83 too.
In reply, the Thunder ended up on 166 for 8. The Thunder’s chase derailed in the powerplay itself as they lost three wickets for just 41 runs in the sixth over. Fifty from Alex Ross helped them cross the 150-run mark but they rarely looked in contention to chase the total. Stars will now play Sydney Sixers in the blockbuster finale at the SCG on Sunday.