Marcus Stoinis, the Melbourne Stars’ opener, has rewritten his name in the history on Sunday as he smashed his maiden century in Big Bash League. The ton came during the game against Sydney Sixers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The all-rounder played an unbeaten knock of 147 off 79 balls, which is now the highest individual score in BBL history too. His blistering knock helped the Stars to a 44-run win over Sydney Sixers as well. In his 147-runs knock, Stoinis hit 13 fours and eight sixes.
With the stunning knock, he surpassed D’Arcy Short, who had a record of 69-ball unbeaten 122 which came two years ago. It was Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright‘s 59 that helped the Stars to a huge total of 219 for 1 in their allotted 20 overs. The duo stitched a 207-run partnership for the opening wicket to provide a flying start to their team.
It was also the highest partnership for any wicket in the history of BBL. The 30-year-old all-rounder will play for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Soon after his superb knock, the Delhi-based franchise took to Twitter and praised the knock.
“Absolutely outrageous! Marcus Stoinis finishes with an unbeaten 147 off 79 balls, the highest ever individual score in BBL history.”
Marcus Stoinis also leads the charts for highest run-scorers in this year’s BBL after scoring 331 runs from eight innings, averaging over 55. However, he is not a part of the Australia squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series.
For Sydney Sixers, Ben Dwarshuis gave away most of the runs – 61 runs in the 4-overs spell. Tom Curran was the only wicket-taker from the side who took 1 wicket for 58 runs. Sydney Sixers were able to put up 175 runs on the board for seven. Ben Dwarshuis top-scored with 42 off 17, including 3 fours and as many sixes.
Moises Henriques scored a 25-ball 41 with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes. Clint Hinchliffe bagged 3 wickets for 20 runs.