Stoinis breaks Scotland hearts, England through to Super Eight

Australia 186 for 5 (Head 68, Stoinis 59, Watt 2-34) beat Scotland 180 for 5 (McMullen 60, Berrington 42*, Maxwell 2-44) by five wickets


Scotland could almost touch a history-making moment. Australia’s asking rate was approaching 13 going into the final seven overs of their chase in what, until then, had been an underwhelming performance.

But Marcus Stoinis, with help from Travis Head and later Tim David, shattered their dreams and in turn left England breathing a sigh of relief in Antigua, the result securing their Super Eight berth in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Stoinis, who mixed deftness and power in another impressive performance in what is becoming an outstanding tournament for him, put it back in Australia’s favour with a 25-ball half-century while Head turned on the afterburners after compiling a somewhat sedate 45-ball fifty with three sixes off consecutive legitimate deliveries.

A dejected Richie Berrington, Mark Watt and Matthew Cross walk back after Scotland’s loss against Australia•Jun 15, 2024•ICC/Getty Images

Although both departed, Australia entered the last over needing just five but there was one final twist.

With three needed off four balls, David was dropped at deep midwicket by Chris Sole and with that went Scotland’s last hope. The next ball was sent into the stands.

For three-quarters of the contest, Scotland had been outstanding. Their platform was laid by a blistering display from Brandon McMullen on one of the better batting surfaces of the tournament so far.

Australia, who shelled six chances in a poor fielding display, clawed it back in the second 10 overs but in their powerplay were held to 36 for 2 by some excellent bowling.

However, ultimately the depth and power of their batting order was too much leaving a host of emotions across two islands. (ESPNcricinfo) 

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