Team India spinner Harbhajan Singh has applauded Marcus Stoinis for playing a destructive knock that helped Australia register a convincing win in their T20 World Cup 2022 clash against Sri Lanka. The Lankan Lions set the Aussies a 158-run target after being asked to bat first in the Group 1 Super 12 game in Perth on Tuesday, October 25 as well. Stoinis smashed an unbeaten 59 off just 18 balls to help the defending champions reach the target with seven wickets and 21 deliveries in hand.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh applauded Marcus Stoinis. He said: “I salute him, what an amazing knock he played, fantastic. This was a T20 innings, what fantastic sixes, he changed the whole game. It was a destructive innings, this is called the right attitude. Learn from him how to play T20. When Marcus Stoinis came out to bat, it seemed runs were still left but when he started playing, we realized that he won the match with 20 balls remaining. He was in too much of a hurry – 59 runs off 18 balls, six sixes and four fours.”
Marcus Stoinis walked out to bat at the fall of Glenn Maxwell’s wicket, with Australia requiring 69 runs off 46 balls with seven wickets to spare. Meanwhile, Ajit Agarkar further added that Stoinis’ knock was ample proof of the depth in the Australian batting.
“That is why everyone rates Australia because they have depth in the team. If the top-order batters get out, they have such power hitting. Tim David and Matthew Wade were still left, Cummins also bats. You can see how relieved the Australian players were in the dugout because they were under pressure. They had to win this match and they won convincingly because of this innings, so it will also help their net run rate. It was a very important innings for them,” he stated.