Stoinis flourishes again to steer Delhi to another win

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Marcus Stoinis logs another all-round starring role in his resurgence as a T20 middle-order monster as the Delhi Capitals beat Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals
Marcus Stoinis has again played a match-defining role in the Indian Premier League to continue his resurgence as T20 a middle-order finisher, leading the Delhi Capitals to a big win overnight.

Stoinis clubbed four sixes in a brisk innings of 39 and then two key wickets to help the Delhi Capitals defeat the Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in Sharjah.

The third straight win lifted the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi to the top of the table, while Rajasthan suffered a fourth straight defeat ahead of Ben Stokes clearing quarantine this weekend.

For Stoinis, it's the third match he's been instrumental in helping Delhi secure the win from the middle order, an improvement that will no doubt please Australia coach Justin Langer with a T20 World Cup, to be played in India, just 12 months away.

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Stoinis now has 162 runs at 40.5 from his six games in the middle order for Delhi this season, with two fifties, and a strike rate above 176. He is on track for a career-best year in the IPL in his fifth season playing in the tournament, and has been mentioned in early discussions about the tournament's most valuable player.

It marks a rapid evolution in both role and performance for Stoinis, who had been cut adrift from the national set-up after underwhelming in last year's 50-over World Cup, only to storm back in recent weeks.

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