The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) witnessed an extraordinary display of cricketing prowess as Mitchell Starc, the Australian pace sensation, left spectators in awe with a remarkable in-swinging delivery that dismissed Pakistan’s Abdullah Shafique during the ongoing third and final Test between Australia and Pakistan.
Aamer Jamal’s 6-wicket haul
Australia started the third day with their overnight score of 116/2, hoping to build a substantial lead against Pakistan. However, their plans were thwarted by an exceptional bowling performance from Aamer Jamal, who claimed a stunning six-wicket haul.
Jamal’s brilliance helped Pakistan bundle out the Australians for 299. Marnus Labuschagne was the standout performer for the hosts, contributing a solid 60 runs from 147 balls. Mitchell Marsh also played a crucial role, adding a valuable half-century to the total with a score of 54.
The spectacle at SCG: Mitchell Starc’s masterful in-swinger
The highlight of the day undoubtedly belonged to Starc, whose masterful in-swinging delivery sent shockwaves through the SCG. The incident unfolded on the last ball of the first over of Pakistan’s innings.
Starc, with precision and sheer pace, delivered a fullish ball at 143.5kph around off, curving dramatically inwards. The delivery completely outfoxed Shafique, leaving him helpless as his stumps were shattered. Starc’s display of top-tier fast bowling left an indelible mark on the minds of spectators present at the SCG and viewers worldwide.
The excitement in the commentary box mirrored the intensity on the field. “Ohhh, it’s straight through. It had to be, didn’t it?” exclaimed Ian Smith, his voice filled with enthusiasm as the magic unfolded on the pitch.
Harsha Bhogle, capturing the essence of the delivery, remarked, “You thought he’s gonna get the ball to drive because this has sneaked in a very long way. It’s a gorgeous delivery. It’s the kind of delivery you get the red cherry in your hand and dream of bowling.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan added his perspective, saying, “You get a ball you can do nothing about. That’s a jaffa.”.
Here is the video:
Mitch Starc does it again! pic.twitter.com/9OQ1bTeO1G
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