Stoinis went out for a duck on Friday night and has been battling a side injury while playing for Australia’s Twenty20 side in the recent series loss to India.
But he returned to the form that made him player of the tournament in BBL09.
“It was nice to get into the tournament,” Stoinis told Fox Sports after his dismissal.
“I obviously missed out with everything last night and didn’t do much to help the team. It was nice to get into it.
“The plan is to take the game on, be as good as I can be. So I need to look to be ultra-attacking.”
The Thunder’s bowlers battled back into the contest after Stoinis was caught out off Cook leaving the Stars 2-97 with regular wickets keeping their total to 8-169 when they were on track for 180-plus with Chris Green, Daniel Sams and first-gamer Tanveer Sangha taking two wickets each.
The Thunder were more reserved in their inning with Alex Hales (46 off 41) and Callum Ferguson (54 off 35) forming a 69-run partnership until Hales was caught in the deep, Ferguson was dismissed a few overs later.
Stars debutante seamer Liam Hatcher took two wickets in two balls in the 17th over but couldn’t snare a hat-trick finishing with 3-28. Zampa (2-10) did similar in the final over with two wickets in two balls.
Stars bowler Dilbar Hussain hobbled off with a leg injury after bowling 1.5 overs. There was no update on his condition.
Tough Break For Khawaja
The Thunder innings started in disappointing fashion as Usman Khawaja was called out caught behind for seven.
Replays appeared to show the ball didn’t hit the bat but organisers have again opted to not run the full DRS review system due to the cost so he was forced to walk.
Australian great and TV commentator Adam Gilchrist said players wanted some kind of review system, even if it wasn’t as comprehensive as the DRS as a basic replay showed there was no contact with the bat.
There is a third-umpire system for stumpings or run-outs.
Australian under-19 leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha enjoyed a dream first over for the Thunder as he trapped West Indian international Andre Fletcher lbw with his second ball.
The 19-year-old Sydneysider held his own against the big guns in Melbourne’s top-order and capped off his special day by having Ben Dunk caught on the fence finishing with 2-26 from four overs.
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.