BBL: Stoinis returns to form, 74 of 35 balls Stars wins over Srtikers in Big Bash 2023, Match 23

BBl 12, Melbourne Stars won by eight runs, 186 for 7 (Stoinis 74, Clarke 42, Wes Agar 3-27) against Adelaide Strikers 178 for 5 (Hose 56*, Hunt 49, Hatcher 2-29). Marcus Stoinis bludgeoned his way back to form before Luke Wood kept his nerve with the ball to help Melbourne Stars beat Adelaide Strikers by eight runs in the BBL.

BBL: Stoinis Power gets Stars to the Victory

BBL Stoinis Power gets Stars to the Victory-1

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Stoinis smashed 74 off 35 deliveries, including six sixes, to help the Stars to 186 for 7 in front of 40,373 spectators at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Adam Hose hit his first BBL half-century, while Rashid Khan (24 not out) had an exciting late cameo. Rashid helicoptered Stoinis for six, then squirted a four past the third man to leave 17 required off the 20th over with 33 required from the final two overs. Because of the Stars’ sluggish over rate, they needed an additional defender inside the circle for the last six balls, but Wood was up to the task. Earlier in the competition of BBL.

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Stoinis stepped out to the middle looking hopelessly out of form, with just 14 runs at an average of 3.5 for the tournament before recapturing his greatest form in a brutal manner. Openers Joe Clarke and Tom Rogers laid the groundwork for Stoinis to tee off. Stoinis scored 24 off one Peter Siddle over before being dismissed for 6, 6, 6, 4, and 6 off consecutive balls from Golden Arm leader Henry Thornton, who gave up 29 in the 18th over. The Strikers’ response got off to a shaky start as Trent Boult of New Zealand sent the dangerous Matt Short packing in the opening over.

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Chris Lynn threatened to match Stoinis’ pyrotechnics, but his stay was short, holing out to deep square leg for 21 off the second delivery of Stars skipper Adam Zampa in (BBL 12). Hose and Henry Hunt lifted the pace with a 74-run third-wicket stand as the asking rate increased. The game seemed to be in the hands of the Stars when Liam Hatcher dismissed Colin de Grandhomme and Thomas Kelly in quick succession until Rashid raised a few late whispers. The sole setback for the visitors occurred when Rogers injured his left shoulder while trying to preserve a boundary.

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