During the 35th match of the ongoing ninth season of the Big Bash League between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers in Melbourne, Melbourne Stars opening batsman Marcus Stoinis registered his maiden T20 century to propel his team to 219/1 in 20 overs.
The 30-year-old Stoinis thrashed another record with the help of Hilton Cartwright as they both formed a 207-run partnership, highest-ever in the tournament.
The Stars' total is the third-highest in BBL history.
The performance from Stoinis was staggering, with the Australia limited-overs global cracking 13 fours and eight sixes, including a maximum from the final ball of the innings at the MCG.
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The Stars looked like going the distance without losing a wicket, but Hilton Cartwright holed out to Jordan Silk at deep midwicket from the first ball of the 20th over. Moises Henriques made a classy 41 but his departure in the 11th over snuffed out all hope. Stoinis admitted after his innings that he was as nervous as he had ever been following a duck in his last game.
There were concerns at halfway that Maxwell might be wasted sitting on the sidelines as Cartwright was 25 from 24 balls, but they had laid the ideal platform to target both Dwarshuis and Tom Curran in different ways. However, that was not enough for the Sixers to cross the winning line. Short had scored 122 down 69 balls in 2018. Cartwright then punished the full balls, thumping them through the line down the ground.
79 - The 79 balls by Stoinis are the joint-most number of balls faced by any player in a Twenty20 inning. He struck six fours and three sixes. Dwarshuis conceded 24 runs in the 19th over. The previous most runs in a BBL inning through boundaries was 86 runs each by Luke Wright during his 117-run knock in 2011-12 and Ben McDermott in 2016-17 when he scored 114 against Renegades. That night the Hurricanes lost two wickets in the powerplay, including Short, in an attempt to stay with the required rate early.
After winning the toss, Sixers elected to field but the decision didn't go the way they had expected in the match.