Mitchell Starc equals Australian ODI record in India’s 10-wicket thrashing

Mitchell Starc equaled the ODI record number of five-wicket shots by an Australian bowler as the tourists demolished India by 10 wickets in Visakhapatnam.

The lefthander took 5-53, his ninth five-wicket comeback in cricket at 50 and equaling Brett Lee’s achievement, to help India go just 117 from 26 overs after being batted.

Australian fly-half Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head then brutalized Indian bowlers as they clinched victory in just 11 overs – the 234 deliveries that went unused, making it the heaviest margin of defeat in the local team in one-day cricket.

Shubman Gill had come out for a duck in Starc’s opener and, although Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 29, it turned out to be India’s highest innings partnership as their slump unraveled. was accelerating.

Starc picked up two wickets from as many balls, with Rohit caught on the slip and Suryakumar Yadav trapped lbw before Lokesh Rahul similarly departed.

Sean Abbott (3-23) and Nathan Ellis (2-13) provided strong support, the latter knocking out Kohli for 31 of 35 deliveries, although Axar Patel’s unbeaten 29 following a through ball pushed the India over the 100 mark.

Mitchell Marsh (L) and Travis Head raced to victory with an unbroken partnership of 121 in just 11 overs

But Abbott helped mop up the tail, sending Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Shami back in successive balls before Starc came back to complete his five by beating Mohammed Siraj for a duck.

Any hope of a fightback from India was quickly dashed by Marsh, who had hit 81 in the series opener and maintained that form by blazing an unbeaten 66 out of 36, including six sixes and six fours.

The fly-half evoked his half-century with 28 deliveries, while Head’s progress was only marginally calmer as he crushed 51 of 30 steps, including 10 on all fours.

Australia’s resounding win brings the series level to three, with the deciding game set to take place in Chennai on Wednesday.


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