In the ongoing T20I between Australia and Pakistan, Australia speedster Mitchell Starc left Pakistan reeling in the middle. Having won the toss and elected to field first, Australia had a dream start.
Pakistan managed to put up just 9 runs in the first two overs when Starc did the unthinkable by taking two wickets in two consecutive deliveries. Starc trapped Pakistan’s in-form opener Babar Azam in front of the stumps after missing the delivery which hit the pad. It was a full length delivery and Azam was beaten for pace and got out for mere 6.
Mitchell Starc didn’t slow down as he dismissed Mohammad Rizwan on the very next delivery. A lethal first delivery of 140.2kph simply uprooted the stump of Rizwan who was dismissed for a golden duck.
At the time of writing the article, Pakistan managed to score 106 after their allotted 20 overs. After Mitchell Starc striked twice, it was Sean Abbott who dismissed two important wickets. Imam-ul-Haq pulls the length ball and got an edge. It was an easy catch for McDermott at square leg.
Bowlers didn’t let Pakistan batsmen settle in the middle as Harris Sohail was the next to fall for only 8. Kane Richardson did some wonderful job. He first dismissed Khushdil Shahwith a length delivery. He got the top-edge and Starc grabbed it well.
He then dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed with a short ball who was the top-scored with 45 and dismissed Shadab Khan in the same over and left Pakistan struggling in the middle for 96 for 8 in 17 overs.
Australia need 107 runs to win.