IPL 2020: Marcus Stoinis Lights Up Dubai with Blitzkreig Knock vs Kings XI Punjab

Marcus Stoinis dragged Delhi Capitals to 157/8 with a blistering half century in their opening IPL 2020 encounter against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.

IPL 2020: Marcus Stoinis Lights Up Dubai with Blitzkreig Knock vs Kings XI Punjab

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (53) dragged Delhi Capitals to 157/8 with a blistering half century in their opening Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday (September 20). [IPL COVERAGE | IPL SCHEDULE | IPL POINTS TABLE | LIVE UPDATES]

A stellar show from Mohammed Shami (3/15), backed by valuable shifts put in by debutant Ravi Bishnoi (1/22) and Sheldon Cottrell (2/24) made it look like Kings XI Punjab may have a small target to chase in the second IPL match of the season.

Stonis walked in when DC were 87-5 and in a vulnerable position. The loss of early wickets thanks to Shami meant Shreyas Iyer (39) and Rishabh Pant (31) had a rebuilding job on their hands when they were in the middle.

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However, both India internationals departed in quick succession and there was plenty still to do for Stoinis. However, his 21-ball 53 included 7 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 252.38.

The burly Aussie would save his best for the last. DC were on 127/7 at the end of the penultimate over of the innings at the Dubai International Stadium after which Stoinis smashed 26 runs off Chris Jordan in the final over.

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He hit a four that was followed by three sixes and another boundary. Additionally, the over included a wide and a dramatic final ball in which Stoinis was run out after taking a run but Jordan had overstepped.

Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada ran two runs off the free-hit to make 30 runs off the over.