Big Bash League: Marcus Stoinis 99 in vain as Brisbane Heat defend 206

first_imgMarcus Stoinis on Wednesday became only the second batsman to be run out on 99 in T20 cricket as Brisbane Heat successfully defended 206 to open their Big Bash League campaign with a win against Melbourne Stars.Chasing 207 for a win, Stoinis top-scored with 99 off 51 balls with six boundaries and as many sixes but his valiant knock went in vain as Stars ended up with 191 for 6 in 20 overs, 15 runs short of the target.19-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan starred with the ball for Brisbane with two wickets in his four overs while Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee and Brendan Doggett struck once each to round off a comprehensive performance for last season’s semi-finalists.James Faulkner remained unbeaten on 47 and it was his 137-run partnership with Stoinis which saw the match going right down to the wire before Brisbane managed to pull off victory.Earlier, Brisbane managed to go past the 200-run mark mainly due to a brilliant half-century from Al Ross (51 off 36 balls) and Joe Burns (50 off 28 balls) helped the hosts pile on 206 for 7 after being put into bat at the Gabba.Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (40 off 22 balls) and Ben Cutting (35 off 18 balls) also played swashbuckling knocks in the first innings.Stoinis was adjudged Man of the Match for his performance. Brisbane climbed to the top of the table owing to a better net run-rate than Sydney Thunder, who defeated Sydney Sixers in the opening match on Tuesday.last_img

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