Mitchell Starc castles Quinton de Kock: The Australian fast bowler played an unplayable delivery to the South African captain.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of South Africa in Johannesburg, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc bowled unplayable delivery to make early inroads into the South African innings.
It all happened on the third delivery of the first over when South Africa captain Quinton de Kock looked clueless against a peach of a delivery from Starc.
Having pitched the delivery on the middle-stump, Starc generated the right amount of out-swing to both beat de Kock and hit his stumps. Having bowled at 141 kmph, Starc made things all the more difficult for the southpaw.
Opening the batting with Rassie van der Dussen (6), de Kock failed to get going in a 197-run chase as he ended up scoring 2 (3). A comprehensive bowling effort from the visitors saw them dismissing the hosts on 89 in 14.3 overs.
Coming in to bat at No. 3, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis top-scored for them with 24 (22) including three fours.
Having registered bowling figures of 4-0-24-5, Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar was declared the Man of the Match. Apart from picking his maiden T20I five-wicket haul, the 26-year old player also became the second Australian bowler (after Brett Lee) to pick a T20I hat-trick.
After South Africa captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and chose to field, Australia posted a handsome 196/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the first over itself, Smith top-scored for the visitors with 45 (32) including five fours and a six.
Mitchell Starc castles Quinton de Kock
— Anshul kothari (@cricketvideo18) February 22, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 22, 2020
#SAvAUS – RESULT:
Australia win the first T20 by 107 runs with Ashton Agar picking up five wickets after a brilliant bowing spell. pic.twitter.com/dKivFqfR9e
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) February 21, 2020
Australia’s T20 attack is just fantastic. High pace of Cummins and Starc (both very different) backed up by the variations of Richardson, top quality wrist spin from Zampa, plus control from Agar (and normally Maxwell). Agar is the weak link and he just took 5-24. #SAvAUS
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) February 21, 2020
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 21, 2020
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