[VIDEO] Mitchell Starc rattles Kusal Perera's stumps with toe-crushing yorker
Australia thumped Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the three-match series to secure a record-breaking 134-run at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. While David Warner shone with the willow, it was the Aussie bowling attack that steamrolled past the islanders on a bouncy track in Adelaide. Mitchell Starc, who played just a single Test in The Ashes 2019, was back at his best in white-ball cricket as he gave away just 18 runs in his four-over quota while picking up two wickets. One of Starc’s victims was Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera, who was left rattled by a yorker straight at the block-hole.
The 142.6 kmph yorker by Starc left Perera with no chance as the ball broke past Perera’s defense to rattle the stumps. The yorker brought back the memories of Starc leaving England all-rounder Ben Stokes distraught during the match between England and Australia in the ICC World Cup 2019. Starc was the leading wicket-taker in the quadrennial event with 27 scalps under his belt – six more than second placed Lockie Ferguson – and resumed white-ball cricket action with the same routine – uprooting the stumps with some toe-crushing yorkers.
Too quick! Starc's yorker zooms through Perera's defences and clatters into the stumps. #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/pi7ev2Nj76— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Talking about the match, Australia batted first and went on to post a mammoth 233-2 in 20 overs. While David Warner, celebrating his 33th birthday, smashed his maiden T20I century, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell scored blistering half-centuries to take the Aussies to a formidable score.
While chasing 234, Sri Lanka fell like a pack of cards as they were initially left bamboozled by Starc and his partner in crime, Pat Cummins before Adam Zampa picked three wickets to leave Sri Lanka in shambles.
“The way played Davey played was outstanding. Maxi, the way he went from ball one, was brilliant. To get the job done so well, really pleasing. It was about doing our things really well. We always want to start well, pretty clinical. (Room for improvement) Maybe a little bit of execution with the ball. All in all, it was an outstanding job - our quicks upfront and the spinners later,” said skipper Finch in the post-match presentation as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the series.