Mitchell Starc may have been all over the shop in the two One-day Internationals that he played but the fast bowler was on the money right from the outset.
With India batting first, the onus was on the duo of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan to emulate their form of IPL 2020 and give the Men in Blue a flying start.
But Mitchell Starc ensured that it wasn’t the case as he knocked over India’s second-highest run-getter in the ODI series and Delhi Capitals batting spearheaded Shikhar Dhawan with fast fullish delivery, one that proceeded to beat the southpaw on the outside edge to rattle the timber.
Dhawan went for a six-ball 1, post which KL Rahul and Virat Kohli played conservatively in the next few overs. It was only in the sixth over of the mandatory powerplay that Rahul hit and a six and boundary to take India’s total to 42.
Rahul smoked Mitchell Swepson for a six in the 7th over but the leg-spinner compensated by dismissing skipper Virat Kohli in the same over after he deceived him with a late sharp turn.
Sanju Samson looked imperious during his 15-ball 23 and when he and KL Rahul, who completed a 37-ball 50, were together, it looked like India were in for a big haul in the back 10.
But Samson’s dismissal in the 11th over off the bowling of Moises Henriques led to India self-imploding as they went on to lose two more wickets in the form of Manish Pandey and KL Rahul in the next two overs in which they managed just 5 runs.
Hardik Pandya stroked some lusty blows to take India’s total past 100 but at the time of writing he too holed out in trying to up the ante courtesy a slower ball wide of off-stump by Moises Henriques.
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Starc does it again! ? pic.twitter.com/dS0bdznXmN
— The Cricket Wire (@TheCricketWire) December 4, 2020