All-round Stoinis powers Stars to six-wicket win over Renegades
Marcus Stonis's all-round performance powered Melbourne Stars to a comfortable six-wicket win Melbourne Renegades.
Renegades were skittled out for 121 with only five of their batsmen managing a double-digit score. The hosts got off to a decent start with Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch getting to 30 runs. Jackson Bird's double-strike, in a space of few balls, left them reeling at 33 for 4.
Tom Cooper and Mohammad Nabi stabilized the hosts with a 41-run stand off 7.4 overs.
Adam Zampa snared Nabi and Daniel Christian in quick succession, while Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo kept the big shots at bay.
Stoinis, who finished his four-over spell with 3 for 19, wasn't done for the day. He powered Stars' chase as well with an unbeaten 70.
The Stars got off to a shaky start, with Ben Dunk bowled by Nabi without scoring in the first over. Peter Handscomb followed a few overs later, only managing 8 runs before he was caught by Cameron White.
Maxwell and Stoinis looked a promising pair at the end of the powerplay, but Maxwell was run out for just 7 runs and the Stars looked in trouble at 3-35. Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson led the way for the Stars during the middle overs, and their impressive partnership was brought to an end when Maddinson was caught in the deep.
Stoinis and DJ Bravo saw the Stars to the finish line, and the Stars won by 6 wickets, with Stoinis taking home player of the match honours for his incredible effort with bat and ball.