Stoinis stars as Lucknow declare large win over Punjab

Marcus Stoinis mentioned he was once satisfied to give a contribution whatsoever imaginable for Lucknow Tremendous Giants after scoring 72 at quantity 4 to propel them to the second-highest overall in Indian Premier League historical past of their 56-run win over Punjab Kings.

Stoinis and Kyle Mayers (54) each and every scored half-centuries on Friday, whilst Ayush Badoni (43) and Nicholas Pooran (45) added to the entire as Lucknow ended on 257-5, six runs in need of the file of 263 set through Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.

Mayers were given Lucknow off to a robust get started, combining with captain KL Rahul for 41 runs, earlier than Stoinis and Badoni put in combination an 89-run stand for the 3rd wicket.

Stoinis has batted at both quantity 5 – 6 for Lucknow this season, however the Australian excelled in an unfamiliar position on Friday, smashing 11 limitations.

“I do benefit from the accountability of batting a little decrease and seeing the sport house,” Stoinis mentioned. “A part of my adventure is batting at each and every place. Bowl the primary over, bowl the remaining over. I am satisfied to do no matter my group wishes.”

The 33-year-old additionally contributed with the ball, brushing aside opener Shikhar Dhawan within the first over of Punjab’s innings, earlier than his night time was once reduce brief when he injured his finger, forcing him to retire harm.

Requested in regards to the finger, Stoinis mentioned: “It is been higher however yeah, it’s what it’s. We can get a scan later.”

Lucknow pacers Yash Thakur and Naveen-ul-Haq picked up seven wickets to carry Punjab’s chase to an finish on 201 runs, with Atharva Taide (66) top-scoring for the hosts.

Lucknow subsequent face Bangalore on Would possibly 1, whilst Punjab tackle Chennai Tremendous Kings on Sunday.

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