What A Starc: Mitchell Starc strikes in the first two deliveries to leave England 0-2

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In the final fixture of the English summer ravaged with the pandemic, protocols and bio bubble, Australia and England contest for the ODI series which is levelled up at 1-1. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was at his electrifying pace after dismissing Jason Roy and Joe Root off the very first two balls of the game. 

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the world champions had a nightmare start to the innings at Old Trafford. Jason Roy was the first victim to the steaming Mitchell Starc from over the wicket. The full and wide delivery was lashed straight to Maxwell at point to leave Roy absolutely gutted.

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England test captain Joe Root, who had a horrid patch of form all over summer, was the next victim. Starc, steaming in, was able to shape the ball back in and trapping Root right in front. After consulting his partner, Jonny Bairstow over the out verdict delivered by the on-field umpire, Root opted not to go for a review and made the long way back with the scoreboard reading 0-2.

Starc missed out on the glorious hattrick after a rather harmless delivery aimed at Eoin Morgan’s pads.

England go for the kill with Bairstow leading the charge

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Reeling at a precarious situation in a must-win game. England reacted positively with a counter-attacking approach. Bairstow led the way with a flurry of boundaries after settling in.

As of now, the introduction of spin has rewarded the visitors with the wicket of captain Eoin Morgan. Starc was once again called into the game after nabbing the catch of Morgan, giving in-form Zampa his first wicket of the match. Jos Buttler is the new man at the crease with the score at 73-3 after 14 overs.

After the comeback victory in the last match owing to a stellar bowling display, Morgan had claimed:

This win is certainly a confidence booster for us. The way we bowled and also the way the bowlers batted for us at the back end. It’s the best we’ve bowled for a while. Used the conditions really well. Full credit to the guys. Rashid didn’t have his best day but came down well at the end to take the final wicket. (on bowling out Archer and Woakes) The only way we were going to win the game was by taking wickets and we had to go all out. The bowlers made me look good with their performances.

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