For the second match in a row, Marcus Stoinis played a pivotal role, both with bat and ball, to help Australia cruise to a victory in the T20 World Cup 2024.

This time, our ace all-rounder helped his national team to a 36-run win over arch-rivals England in their Group B encounter at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday.

Stoinis smashed 30 off just 17 balls before returning to dismiss big-hitter Will Jacks as the Aussies got the better of England in the T20 World Cup for the first time since the inaugural edition in 2007.

Batting first, Stoinis had the key responsibility to ensure that the Aussies, who were at 141/4 with less than six overs to play, ended with a good total after their brisk start.

Stoinis stitched together crucial stands, first with Tim David and then with Matthew Wade, to power Australia to 201/7 in their batting essay, the first time any team has crossed the 200-run mark in this World Cup. He exhibited brute power, carting two huge sixes and as many fours.

The Aussie ace’s knock included one huge maximum from a single-handed sweep. 

Stoinis also picked up 1/24 with the ball, as England could manage only 165/6, falling well short of the target.

In the first match against Oman, Stoinis top-scored with an unbeaten 67 off just 36 balls, pulling the Aussies out of trouble from a precarious 50/3. He finished as the top wicket-taker too with 3/19 and was awarded the Player of the Match in Australia's 39-run win.

Australia moved to the top of Group B with four points and will be up against Namibia in their next match on June 12.