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Stoinis fires as Stars come from nowhere

27 January 2019

Brisbane Heat were cruising to victory before Marcus Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo intervened

The match in a tweet: The Stars come from nowhere! Marcus Stoinis leads the way with bat and ball as the Heat fall short in huge blow to their finals chances #BBL08

The score: Melbourne Stars 8-134 (Stoinis 43, Cutting 2-10) beat Brisbane Heat 8-129 (Renshaw 45, Stoinis 4-21) by five runs.

The finish: How did the Heat lose that one? After a top-order collapse, the visitors were well-and-truly on track for victory, needing just 24 runs to win from 21 balls with six wickets remaining and two set batters at the crease. But the dismissal of Matt Renshaw was followed by a tight over from Dwayne Bravo, which paved the way for Marcus Stoinis to pick up another two huge wickets - and concede just four runs - in the penultimate over. And Bravo finished the job as the Stars won by five runs.

The hero: Stars allrounder Marcus Stoinis is arguably one of the most in-form cricketers in the country and he will now head to Canberra to join Australia’s Test squad after his late call-up on Saturday. The right-hander’s 29-ball innings of 43 moved him to fifth on the run-scorer’s list in this year’s BBL, his last five knocks for the Stars producing scores of 78no, 34, 70no, 53 and 43. He also picked up four crucial wickets to finish with 4-21, including a superb showing in the death overs, to secure a memorable win for the Stars. Coach Justin Langer has indicated it’s unlikely Australia will change a winning team following their victory at the Gabba, but Stoinis presents a strong case in this sort of form. And if Stoinis misses out on a Test debut, he should be available for the Stars' next match in a week from now.

Stoinis stars with match-winning haul

The banter: “Your one good innings of the year, I reckon. And you’re still going to lose.” Stoinis having a cheeky dig at Heat batsman Jimmy Peirson late in the game, a sledge that proved to be prophetic.

The consolation effort: Twenty-four hours after he was dumped from Australia’s Test squad in favour of Stoinis, Matthew Renshaw was the Heat’s top-scorer with a career-best score of 45 from 43 deliveries. Having come to the crease amid a collapse of 4-23, Renshaw steadied the innings in a partnership of 57 with Jimmy Peirson (26 from 23) to post his highest score in any form of the game since early November. But unfortunately, his dismissal proved to be the beginning of the end for the Heat.

The roast: Chris Lynn’s dismissal for naught, moving across his stumps and attempting a sweep shot off the bowling of Adam Zampa, drew a swift response from Fox Cricket commentator – and proud Brisbane Heat fan – Andrew Symonds. “What sort of a shot’s that from your captain?” Symonds said. “This brand of ‘fearless cricket’ they call it, Brisbane Heat. Well, that’s not fearless to me – that’s dumb. He hasn’t got off the mark, he’s walked across his stumps … and got LBW”.

'That's not fearless, that's dumb'

The next stop: It doesn’t get any easier for the Heat, who will travel to Hobart on Monday before they face the ladder-leading Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Stars now have a week off to celebrate their victory before they take on the Scorchers in Perth on Sunday.

Stars XI: Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis, Liam Plunkett, Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird, Tom O'Connell

Heat XI: Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 

League Ladder

Last 5
P
Pts
1
HURRICANES
14
20
2
RENEGADES
14
16
3
SIXERS
14
16
4
STARS
14
14
5
HEAT
14
13
6
THUNDER
14
13
7
STRIKERS
14
12
8
SCORCHERS
14
8

Batting

Most Runs

D'Arcy Short

637


Matthew Wade

592


Marcus Stoinis

494


Callum Ferguson

442


Daniel Hughes

399


Bowling

Most Wickets

Kane Richardson

24


Sean Abbott

22


Steve O'Keefe

21


Josh Lalor

20


Tom Curran

20




Filed Under

Brisbane Heat Men

Melbourne Stars Men

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