Marcus Stoinis (left) is hailed by Aaron Finch after dismissing India’s Rohit Sharma.Marcus Stoinis can add death bowler to his resume’s list of skills after the all-rounder restored order for in their series-opening Twenty20 win over India.
The visitors had looked set to chase down the 174 for victory at the Gabba on Wednesday night before faltering, then kick-starting again in a see-sawing run chase.
Needing 13 off the last, after Andrew Tye had just been hit for 47 from his three overs, captain Aaron Finch threw Stoinis the ball.
And the 29-year-old delivered, mixing up his pace and bowling to his field to pick up two wickets and concede just four runs from the first five balls to secure victory.
“Finchy spoke to me earlier in the day and he said it (him bowling in the final overs) could be an option if (leg-spinner Adam Zampa) plays,” Stoinis said.
“It was a pretty simple plan – take the pace off the ball, make them hit to the long side and just commit to that one hundred per cent. So it was a clear plan.”
Finch said it was a task that may come Stoinis’s way more often after he had shown an interest in taking it on.
“Very confident,” Finch said when asked how he felt throwing Stoinis the ball.
“He’s been practising it a lot; it’s one string he wants to add to his bow.
“His plans were nice and clear and simple and he executed well under pressure.”
Stoinis said slippery conditions and the ground’s dimensions meant yorkers weren’t the best idea in Brisbane, but that they remained part of their arsenal in the remaining games in Melbourne and Sydney this Friday and Sunday.
If persist with the short stuff it won’t bother form Indian bat Shikhar Dhawan (76 off 42), who will return to his adopted city full of confidence despite the loss.
The left-hander was quick to pounce on anything short, superbly pulling one Billy Stanlake bouncer over square leg for six before being caught trying to upper-cut another short ball over the fence at third man.
“I feel that that thing (about not playing the short ball well) has less impact on us, especially with our batsmen now,” Dhawan, who lives in Melbourne, said.
“We haven’t any (negative) thoughts about playing the short ball; we’re prepared to go and face it.”