During the warm-up match in Thiruvananthapuram against the Netherlands, the fast bowler, Mitchell Starc disrupted the Netherlands’ top-order and achieved a hat-trick. The ODI World Cup is less than a week away, and Australia is already sending warning signals to their competitors.
They arrived in India earlier than most teams and had a three-match ODI series with the Indian cricket team. While the first two ODIs were somewhat disappointing for Australia, they delivered an outstanding performance in the third ODI in Rajkot, even though it was a non-essential match.
The team scored an impressive 352/7 in 50 overs, with their top four batsmen doing most of the damage. David Warner scored 56 runs in just 34 balls, while Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne reached their 70s.
Mitchell Marsh came close to a well-deserved century but fell short by four runs. In response, India managed to score only 286 runs before losing all their wickets in 49.4 overs. Three days later, it’s Australia’s bowlers, especially Mitchell Starc, taking center stage with his deadly bowling.
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Mitchell Starc appeals for the dismissal of O’Dowd
In the ICC Men’s World Cup warm-up match against the Netherlands in Thiruvananthapuram, Starc disrupted the Netherlands’ top-order and achieved a hat-trick, just as he did earlier when successfully appealing for Max O’Dowd’s wicket.
Wasting no time, Starc got into business in the very first over of the Netherlands run-chase, packing Max ODowd and Wesley Barresi in consecutive deliveries. He got both the batters with deadly inswingers, something the batters had no response to.
O’Dowd was dismissed by LBW, and Barresi’s stumps were shattered by a well-pitched delivery angling in after landing outside the off-stump.
Starc’s destructive performance continued in his next over, where he took out Bas de Leede with the first ball to complete his hat-trick. Leede fell victim to an impeccably executed yorker, which knocked down the stumps.
The action didn’t stop there, as Sean Abbott delivered an extremely challenging ball that dismissed Sybrand Engelbrecht. Abbott, like Starc, bowled a well-placed delivery on the right length, leaving Engelbrecht bewildered as he attempted to play across the line.
The ball just grazed the off-stump’s top on its way through. The match, initially shortened to 23 overs per side due to rain, ended in a no-result. Australia batted first, scoring 166/7 in their allotted 23 overs.
However, rain interrupted the game once more when the Netherlands were at 84/6 in 14.2 overs, ultimately leading to the match being abandoned.