Mitchell Starc picked 3 wickets in 4 balls in the 19th over against MI

As Kolkata Knight Riders faced a daunting challenge with Mumbai Indians needing 32 runs off 12 balls, captain Shreyas Iyer entrusted Mitchell Starc despite his lackluster IPL 2024 performance.

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Mitchell Starc took three wickets in the 19th over against Mumbai Indians in Wankhede.

In the high-stakes clash between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Mumbai Indians (MI), tension filled the air as Mumbai needed 32 runs off just 12 balls. Kolkata’s captain, Shreyas Iyer, took a bold decision by handing the ball to Mitchell Starc, despite the Australian pacer’s struggles in the IPL 2024 season.

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Starc’s first delivery was dispatched for a massive six by Tim David, further amplifying the pressure on the already beleaguered bowler. The cameras captured the disappointment etched on the face of Alyssa Healy, Starc’s wife and a prominent figure in Australian cricket. Her concern mirrored the collective anxiety of the KKR camp, as Starc’s performance in the death overs had been subpar throughout the tournament.

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Despite the setback, Starc showed resilience and determination. He contemplated changing his strategy, considering the effectiveness of slower deliveries in the match, but ultimately decided to rely on his trademark pacey yorkers. This decision proved pivotal as he quickly dismissed two key batsmen, swinging the momentum in KKR’s favor.

With each wicket, Starc’s confidence surged, evident in his fiery deliveries and passionate celebration after each breakthrough. His ferocious yorker to dismiss Gerald Coetzee showcased his raw emotions, unleashing a roar of triumph that reverberated across the stadium.

Mitchell Starc‘s stellar performance not only propelled KKR to victory but also served as a personal redemption, as he surpassed his own expectations with figures of 4/33. The win marked a significant milestone for KKR, ending their 12-year drought against MI at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.

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Meanwhile, MI faced the harsh reality of imminent elimination from playoff contention, having been dismissed with seven balls to spare. This defeat further underscored the dominance of KKR in the tournament, as they maintained their strong position in the overall standings, while MI languished at the bottom, facing an uphill battle to salvage their season.

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