2. Mitchell Starc vs England - 4 for 43
England vs Australia is a rivalry that all fans around the globe look forward to. In Game 32 at Lord's, Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked Australians to bat first on a pitch which seemed to have something for the bowlers initially. In the first 5 overs, Finch and Warner looked to settle their nerves and were struggling to find the boundaries. But when they started going, they never look back. Finch played a captains knock and scored a century which resulted in his team to reach a total of 285 for 7 in 50 overs.
Defending 286, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc were handed the new ball and both were in seriously good form. Behrendorff went past Vince just on the second ball of the innings. Starc carried on from there and took the all-important wicket for his side of Joe Root. Starc trapped him in front of the stumps and caught him LBW. Then, he exploited the short-ball weakness of Morgan and bowled a fiery 150 kmph bouncer to him, which Morgan couldn't keep down and the ball went straight towards Pat Cummins at fine leg.
But his third wicket was perhaps the delivery of the tournament when his reverse swinging yorker blew away the batsman who was batting on 89. Ben Stokes was battling for the English side and had stitched up a dangerous partnership with Woakes in the middle. Getting Stokes out essentially meant the victory was in the grasp of the Aussies and Starc delivered just that for them. His last dismissal was also the only wicket left for England when his fuller length delivery was lofted straight towards the captain Finch by Adil Rashid who was batting on 25.
Starc was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament claiming a total of 27 wickets. In this World Cup, he also broke Glenn Mcgrath's record of taking the most number of wickets in a single edition of a World cup.Published 22 Jul 2019, 18:21 IST