Marcus Stoinis sends one deep into the stands
He also scored 87 off 99 deliveries to put Australia on course to chase 260.
Published - Jan 28, 2018 4:41 pm | Updated - Jan 28, 2018 4:41 pm
Marcus Stoinis was retained by Kings XI Punjab for a hefty amount on the first day of the IPL auction using Right to Match (RTM) card. The all-rounder seemed to have taken that momentum on to the field in Perth which hosted the fifth and final ODI between Australia and England. The visitors are already ahead by 3-1 in the series and are on the brink of extending their lead over the hapless home side.
After winning the toss, the home captain Steve Smith asked the visitors to bat first and the decision went off well as the hosts prevented the English to score anything big by bowling them out for a paltry 259 on this sort of surface despite of some good batting from the top four English batsmen where each of them failed to convert their starts into a big score.
Stoinis goes big
In the ninth over of the Aussie batting, Stoinis slammed a huge six over Long-on at the last ball of the Moeen Ali’s over justifying his T-20 abilities with the bat. It was a hit that read 119 m going deep into the stands , this certainly had the crowd going. Earlier, he was bought back by the Kings XI Punjab by using their RTM card for the Aussie all-rounder in the today’s auction as they tend to match the highest bid made for the him at 6.2 crore (INR).
The team management including the mentor Virender Sehwag would expect to see more of his such exploits in this year’s IPL as they team banks on the all-rounder’s hard hitting abilities with the bat in the lower middle order.
Here’s the video snap of the hit:
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Middle-order crumble again
Aussies, in reply, lost wickets at regular intervals despite a decent hand from Stoinis who came in to bat at number 3. But the middle-order, including Steve Smith failed to score runs as England closed in on the victory. Currently, the match has gone very close with Australia needing 25 runs in 4 overs with only two wickets in hand.