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All-round Stoinis powers Australia to winning start
All-round Stoinis powers Australia to winning start

Australia began their T20 World Cup campaign with a decisive 39-run victory over Oman at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, thanks largely to Marcus Stoinis’ all-around performance. He scored an unbeaten 67 off 36 balls and took three key wickets, becoming only the third player after Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson to score a half-century and take three or more wickets in a men’s T20 World Cup game.

Turning Point

The pivotal moment of the match occurred in the 15th over of Australia’s innings. Oman had been successful in restricting Australia’s scoring through the middle overs, but Stoinis’ onslaught in this over turned the tide. Surviving an early chance, Stoinis hammered four sixes, accumulating 26 runs and shifting the momentum in Australia’s favor.

Australia’s Innings


  • Score: 37/1 (RR: 6.17)
  • Key Events: Travis Head hit a boundary off the first ball but was dismissed soon after. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh struggled to find boundaries due to tight bowling by Oman, particularly by Bilal Khan.

Middle Overs:

  • Score: 69/2 (RR: 7.67)
  • Key Events: Australia faced a boundary drought for 30 balls as Oman bowlers, especially captain Aqib Ilyas and Mehran Khan, applied pressure. Mehran dismissed Marsh and Maxwell in the ninth over, leaving Australia at 63/3 by the 12th over. The tide turned with Warner and Stoinis managing crucial boundaries, especially during the 15th over when Stoinis smashed 26 runs.

Death Overs:

  • Score: 58/2 (RR: 11.6)
  • Key Events: Stoinis continued his aggressive batting, bringing up his half-century in 27 balls. Warner also reached his fifty off 46 balls. Stoinis’ late fireworks ensured Australia reached an above-par total of 164/5.

Oman’s Innings


  • Score: 29/3 (RR: 4.83)
  • Key Events: Mitchell Starc dismissed Pratik Athavale early. Nathan Ellis and Stoinis took key wickets, reducing Oman to 29/3 by the end of the PowerPlay.

Middle Overs:

  • Score: 46/3 (RR: 5.11)
  • Key Events: Stoinis continued his impressive day by removing Zeeshan Maqsood. Oman struggled to build partnerships, with Ayaan Khan’s brief resistance being the highlight.

Death Overs:

  • Score: 50.3 (RR: 10.00)
  • Key Events: Ayaan Khan and Mehran Khan provided some resistance with aggressive hitting. However, Stoinis claimed his third wicket, and Oman could only manage 125/9, falling short by 39 runs.

Match Summary

  • Australia: 164/5 in 20 overs (Stoinis 67*, Warner 56; Mehran Khan 2-38)
  • Oman: 125/9 in 20 overs (Ayaan Khan 36; Stoinis 3-19, Zampa 2-24)
  • Result: Australia won by 39 runs

What’s Next?

  • Australia: They remain in Barbados to face England on Saturday, June 8.
  • Oman: They travel to Antigua to play against Scotland on Sunday.
Australia embrace the Caribbean, flex power-hitting prowess in the nets
Australia embrace the Caribbean, flex power-hitting prowess in the nets

Glenn Maxwell is experiencing a state of restlessness. He is among four Australian players who have boarded the squad bus for the 35-minute journey to the Windward Cricket Club in the inland parish of St. Phillip. The session is voluntary, and Maxwell is accompanied by Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, and Cameron Green. The current weather conditions consist of a morning sky covered with clouds and occasional periods of rain.

After around 40 minutes of unpredictable weather in Barbados, the mizzle, which had fluctuated between a light drizzle and a moderate spray, had now become a strong downpour. As it happened, just as the improvised ground personnel had successfully erected the improvised center-wicket nets. Maxwell had been wearing his protective gear while standing alongside Agar, anticipating the opportunity to strike a few balls and begin his session. During that period, he occupied himself by engaging in playful interactions with the left-arm spinner, feigning to protect his wicket from the balls being bowled by Agar. However, at present, he had to run at a moderate pace, while protecting his bat from becoming damp, clearly irritated with the fact that he was being forced to wait for an even longer period of time.

Maxwell arrived just one day ago following aircraft delays that prolonged his travel from Australia, where he had spent two days at home, to over 60 hours. After experiencing one of his least successful seasons in the Indian Premier League, the mysterious Australian all-rounder was eagerly anticipating the start of his World Cup campaign. Today is Sunday, June 2nd, which means there are just three days left until Australia’s first match against Oman at the Kensington Oval.

You could hear him urging the ground-crew to promptly remove the covers as soon as the rain ceased, and doing the same to the coaching staff to assist him in getting to the center of the field and successfully make contact with the ball using his bat. Upon arriving, Maxwell promptly endeavored to vigorously strike the ball throughout various areas of the somewhat neglected field. His performance was not consistently successful, since the pitch was slightly sticky and the balls were overly soft due to excessive water presence. In contrast to his partner Cameron Green, who started hitting balls into the wind and sending them towards the grandstand of the clubhouse, as well as the Chattel residences on the western borders of the Oval, from the very first ball he encountered.

Green arrived one day prior to Maxwell. He woke up feeling really happy at the beginning of the day since the luggage he had lost before his journey, the one containing all his cricket equipment, had arrived in time for him to attend every training session without missing any.

According to his account, his expedition took a total of 38 hours to reach this place. One day later, at the 3Ws Oval, Green did not have a long hitting session. He stopped early since he was feeling a bit sore after spending almost 90 minutes showcasing his power-hitting skills at Windward.

However, on Sunday, it was impossible to divert one’s gaze from the imposing Western Australian player as he flawlessly executed numerous powerful shots, assuming dominant postures that he had honed during his training sessions with RCB batting coach Neil McKenzie in the IPL.

Green displayed the menacing demeanor that many had attributed to him when he first emerged a few summers back. Although facing opposition from certain local spinners and instructors armed with sidearms. It was not the specific actions he was performing, but rather the aura he appeared to be generating while holding the bat, reminiscent of his performance in the later part of the IPL. He enthusiastically praised the experience he had on Monday (June 3) at the 3Ws Oval.

“I believe that is the essence of the captivating experiences I have encountered in recent years.” The IPL’s aesthetic appeal. My ability to secure this slot has not always been consistent. However, simultaneously, I am also appreciative of that. I possess the ability to seamlessly adapt to and excel in many roles. That is the location where I envision myself during this event. Perhaps addressing the weaknesses within the team. It is a highly commendable team to be a part of. “No matter where I am told to play, I have a strong sense of self-assurance and a clear understanding that I can perform well in any batting position,” he stated.

Green’s successful adjustment to his new position lower in the batting order and his contributions with the ball were key factors in RCB’s impressive transformation in the IPL. However, the Australian selectors have been cautious in managing Green’s transition from T20 cricket to Test cricket, even going as far as giving him rest from certain T20I series to ensure a smoother adaptation. When questioned about the potential implications of this, Green promptly remarked, “Perhaps in the future, the focus will shift towards selecting or opting for specific games on an individual basis.” You derive immense pleasure from the company of these individuals. It is undesirable to spend an excessive amount of time away from them.

This sentiment appears to encapsulate the essence of the present Australian team. The sense of unity and camaraderie is clearly authentic. The team appears highly cohesive under the guidance of its leadership group, with Mitchell Marsh at the helm in the Caribbean. Every member of the team shares a strong familial relationship and is united in their pursuit of being the first men’s team to achieve a treble or a Grand Slam, which involves holding all three major world titles simultaneously.

Agar vividly depicted the Australian team gathered on the roof of a catamaran on Saturday, relishing the breathtaking view of the sun sinking over the Caribbean Sea.

“While returning last night, we were seated on the roof of the catamaran when Marcus Stoinis, also known as ‘Stoin’, remarked, ‘I wonder if other teams would exhibit the same camaraderie as ours’.” All the boys are gathered on the roof, observing the sunset, while indulging in a beverage and sincerely relishing each other’s presence. It was quite effortless to overlook the fact that you are present for a World Cup.

One might easily be captivated by the relaxed atmosphere and leisurely pace of life in Barbados, known as the Bajan way of life. The pace of life in this island paradise is characterized by a relaxed and unhurried manner. The 24-hour clock can sometimes appear as an insignificant obstacle. With limited time spent as a squad since the conclusion of the New Zealand tour in March, it appeared that the Australian team management had chosen this moment, as Agar stated, to “appreciate the attractions of the Caribbean”.

On Sunday, coach Andrew McDonald playfully encouraged his small group of players to swiftly gather their belongings in order to catch the bus back to the hotel for the initial team meeting prior to the World Cup.

After successfully reestablishing team bonding, Australia held their first comprehensive training session on Monday at the 3Ws Oval, with the attendance of every member of the squad. All 15 reserves have not yet arrived, but they all had a turn batting in the three nets in the center. Matthew Wade was the only one who had an additional session, similar to Steve Smith.

As is typical in T20 net sessions, this particular session primarily focused on powerful hits that sent the balls high into the air or on batters attempting swings and failing, resulting in their stumps being dislodged. During his tenure, Captain Marsh was swiftly knocked down by both Pat Cummins, who delivered numerous cutters, and Mitchell Starc, who bowled with great speed and accuracy. Similarly, David Warner was also challenged by deliveries that skidded over the surface in the distant net, while Wade faced Adam Zampa in the nets. The atmosphere was vibrant and energetic, characterized by spirited conversations and enthusiastic praise for the impressive power-hitting abilities of their colleagues.

Maxwell appeared to be somewhat more proficient on Monday. Similarly, Stoinis, together with Tim David, performed an impressive exhibition of hitting sixes to a group of approximately 50-60 school pupils who were seated comfortably on the grandstand above the Floyd Reifer Pavilion. The show exhibited a certain level of contempt as the two powerful batsmen in the middle-order of the Australian team dominated the net bowlers and even some of their own teammates. DeShawn Williams, a talented young local left-arm spinner, stood out by performing exceptionally well against the majority of the world-class batsmen in the Australian team.

Travis Head, who had also recently landed in the Caribbean, was one of the last to arrive to the scene. Despite experiencing declining returns in his otherwise impressive return to the IPL, he displayed his destructive prowess as soon as he marked his guard. The session likely lasted approximately 25 minutes, and it may have appeared as if Head was wearing the orange Sunrisers shirt instead of the Australian training outfit. Travis Head, the trendsetter of the first half of the IPL, was in full form. The South Australian likely received the highest number of acknowledgements for his exceptional performance in the practice sessions. Similar to his performance in the IPL, his exceptional management of the spinners on the sluggish and exhausting wickets at 3Ws Oval was particularly noteworthy. Particularly in his tendency to be passive and play defensive shots by hitting the ball from the back foot.

A notable development for the Australian team was the sight, towards the end of the practice, of Marsh preparing himself to bowl a few deliveries, then later returning to bowl a complete spell from his usual run-up. This was his inaugural attempt after his arrival in the West Indies.

Despite the sweltering and humid weather on the University of West Indies campus in Barbados, the laughing and enthusiasm persisted throughout the three-hour event. Whether it was the moment McDonald narrowly avoided being hit by a ball in a hazardous area, as it was swiftly returned to him by David at a rapid pace, or when David boasted about inventing a novel technique to confuse Warner, the atmosphere was filled with intense excitement. Even as they packed up and loaded their equipment into the mini-van, accompanied by soca music playing in the background, the energy remained palpable. The majority of individuals will choose to take Tuesday (June 4) as a day off, despite the existence of an additional optional session that has been planned. However, they will commence their pursuit of the triple crown with the identical vigor they exhibited during their training session on Monday, when they face Oman.

Marsh and his colleagues appear enthusiastic and eager to gain more from this vacation than merely the attractions of the Caribbean.

Ireland hope to spring surprise as India begin their campaign
Ireland hope to spring surprise as India begin their campaign

Upon arrival at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in Long Island on Thursday morning, the Indian squad will be welcomed by banners displaying the Twenty20 World Cup, in addition to the stadium’s signage. The Indian team may perceive these as foreboding indications emanating from beneath the banners: “Warning: Perilous circumstances lie ahead.”

After the pitch altercation during Tuesday’s match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, the matches of this World Cup, particularly those in the New York leg, have quickly become characterized by unpredictability. From the perspective of the Indian team, this experience may be likened as venturing into uncharted territory, resembling a game of chance with high stakes rather than a typical cricket match. South Africa will attest to this.

Although Ireland may not provide a significant challenge to India on paper, the unpredictability of the pitch conditions has introduced a new element to the competition. It negates the experience and the strengths of the Indian team. Although the squad managed by Paul Stirling has achieved recent victories against Pakistan and emerged triumphant against eventual champions England in the past World Cup, they have never been able to defeat the Indian side in their seven encounters. Indians have shown to be an indomitable force for them. However, the contest is unlikely to be simple or uncomplicated, unless the drop-in pitch, which was prepared in Florida with imported expertise from South Australia, performs accurately. Ireland, meanwhile, would anticipate that it does not.

India is concerned about the volatility of the surface, while the Irish side is worried about their lack of familiarity with it. Despite having practice facilities located elsewhere on Long Island, the Irish have not yet formally entered the Nassau County Stadium. “We have not yet observed the ground, and it appears unlikely that we will have the opportunity to do so before the game,” stated captain Paul Stirling to Cricket Europe.

Rahul Dravid refrained from revealing the extensively discussed opening partnership of the team, although it is highly probable that it will consist of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, with subsequent batsmen being left-right handed depending on the circumstances. Initially, India had intended to include two left-arm spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, in addition to wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Nevertheless, following the events of Tuesday’s game, they might choose to include one additional fast bowler instead of another spin bowler. As a result, both Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh will be included in the lineup, while Axar Patel may have to wait for his opportunity. As is customary in the Indian squad structure, which Dravid himself acknowledges, there is one position that is still being discussed – and it may be either Yashasvi Jaiswal or Shivam Dube. Dube is the more probable choice, since he enhances the bowling assault with his added depth.

Ireland is renowned for their audacious style of cricket, however, the Indian team is well-acquainted with such strategies, as they have recently concluded a fiercely competitive and daring two-month-long Indian Premier League (IPL). The fight is unlikely to witness scores over 200, as shown in IPL matches. A total of 170-180 could be sufficient to win, unless the wicket behaves unexpectedly.

The match between India and Ireland will take place on June 05 at 10:30pm local time and 8 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Location: Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York

Anticipated outcomes: The subject of who will win the match between India and Ireland is uncertain, as both captains, Rohit Sharma and Paul Sterling, are unaware of the outcome. This uncertainty arises from the unexpected events that occurred in the Sri Lanka and South Africa game. Both teams and spectators would anticipate that the drop-in pitch does not exhibit the same problematic behavior that led to Sri Lanka’s six-wicket defeat. Disregarding the uncertainty of the pitch, India is expected to easily win this battle. One aspect of anticipation is the question of who will partner with Rohit to open for India – Virat Kohli or Yashasvi Jaiswal?

India has won all seven matches against Ireland in a head-to-head competition. The sole prior encounter in T20 World Cups occurred in 2009 at Trent Bridge, with India emerging victorious by a margin of eight wickets. Rohit Sharma is the only person who survived from that game.

Observation Group

India: Rahul Dravid maintained a secretive stance, expressing his intention to keep the element of surprise till the game begins. The selection conundrum lies in deciding between Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh as the second fast bowler alongside Jasprit Bumrah, while the opening tandem remains uncertain. Hardik Pandya is anticipated to fulfill the role of the third fast bowler and provide an additional bowling option as the sixth player. In addition, it is probable that both left-arm spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, would be included, along with Kuldeep Yadav.

The expected starting lineup consists of Rohit Sharma as the captain, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Arshdeep Singh.

Ireland’s coach, Heinrich Malan, aims to instill in his players the conviction that they are capable of defeating India. The Irish have a reputation for unexpectedly defeating stronger opponents, as they shown in the previous Twenty20 World Cup held in Australia in 2022, where they emerged victorious against the eventual champions, England. India must be cautious of their capacity to astonish formidable adversaries, considering their recent victory over Pakistan less than a month ago. Lorcan Tucker, the wicketkeeper, is a highly formidable player.

Possible starting lineup: Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (captain), Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young or Ben White, Josh Little

Were you aware?

– India have participated in 28 T20 International matches since the previous T20 World Cup. The four experienced players – Rohit Sharma (3 matches), Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah (2 matches apiece) – have been mostly absent from these competitions.

– Virat Kohli has an average of 81.50 in T20 World Cups, with a strike rate of 131.30. During run-chases, his average increases to 270.50.

Their statement

“In a team’s starting lineup and during a T20 match, there will always be one or two positions where you may occasionally make a substitution.” Typically, we have reached a firm decision in our minds, although I have not publicly disclosed or articulated it. Rahul Dravid remarked that the team has a clear understanding of the route they are heading in. They have selected a squad that provides flexibility to make a few adjustments based on the conditions.

“We will make the decision on the morning of the match, as we have not yet had the opportunity to see the ground.” I believe it is necessary to delay any further action about this matter, but if we are being truthful, we are most likely left with a total of 12 or 13 options. However, we will not make the ultimate decision without first assessing the resources available to us. Paul Stirling’s thoughts on the Ireland XI