Marcus Stoinis becomes Australia’s fastest half-century maker; second fastest in the Men’s T20 World Cup after Yuvraj Singh
Charismatic Australian striker Marcus Stoinis, while hitting four and six in the ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, also broke a few records along the way as the hosts, on his half -century, beat the Islanders by seven wickets to get their campaign in the showpiece event back on track.
Stoinis became Australia’s fastest half-centurion in T20I cricket with his stunning unbeaten 59 from just 18 balls. The all-rounder hit six highs in his unbeaten tally in just 18 balls, and he reached his half-century in just 17 of those deliveries, one better than team-mate Glenn Maxwell’s previous Australian record for fastest 50.
“Ronnie (coach Andrew McDonald) said if I felt comfortable then try the spinners,” Stoinis said as he received the ‘Player of the Match’ award. According to ICC, only four players from the Test Nations have scored faster than T20I of the 1950s, England’s Moeen Ali, West Indies’ Shai Hope, New Zealand’s Colin Munro and India’s Yuvraj Singh.
Stoinis’ display of power also puts him second on the all-time fastest fifty list at a men’s T20 World Cup. The Aussie is level with Dutchman Stephan Myburgh, who had his 17-ball shot against Ireland in 2014.
India’s Yuvraj still holds the record for the fastest T20 World Cup fifty and fastest ever T20 fifty, raising his milestone by just 12 deliveries against England in 2007. These six deliveries come from.
He followed that up with 19 of 20 coming from 16th and Maheesh Theekshana’s off-round, with Stoinis’ third six taking him to his 50 in style. Stoinis was quoted as saying by ICC.
“Honestly, I was a bit nervous playing at home with a lot of family. We finished this game and can’t wait to play the English at the MCG.” Tim David nor Matthew Wade even used in the hunt, the middle order shouldn’t be a problem for the hosts as they seek a place in the last four of the tournament.
However, the same is not true for the first order, which continues to struggle. Skipper Aaron Finch was frustrated again as he netted an unbeaten 31 but chewed 42 deliveries in Australia’s 158 chase for victory over Sri Lanka. He only hit one limit in his innings and looked hesitant on several occasions.
“My innings were unusual, they were poor, I just couldn’t hit the ball,” Finch admitted. “We knew the first four or five overs with the ball (was key), especially with Kumara biting it. It was a long way there, so if we could get through that, none or one to the bottom, so it was going to be really important to get the back of the sleeves in place.
“It would have been nice if I could have kicked things off and made this chase a little easier.” The Australian captain’s shot rate of 73.80 put some pressure on his mid-order, especially after David Warner (11 from 10) and Mitchell Marsh (18 from 17) also failed to shoot.