Australia earned their first victory against West Indies on Thursday in the fourth T20 after losing the first three games of the series. Australia posted a competitive 189-run total in the first innings. However, Lindl Simmons’s belligerent 72 and Fabien Allen’s 19th over’s heroics almost took the game away from Australians. Mitchell Starc then bowled a sensational last over while defending just 11 runs against man in form Andre Russell to get Australia over the line.
Starc bowled low full tosses and full-length deliveries to cramp Russell as the latter played out four dot balls. Australia, in the end, won the game by 4 runs. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh won the player of the match award for scoring 75 off 44 balls and picking 3 for 24 in 4 overs.
During the post-match presentation, Marsh lauded Starc for his performance against Russell, while terming him as a great leader and a white-ball player.
“He may have had a bit of a slow start to this series, but he’s the best in the world. That last over tonight, a lot of our young bowlers will look at that and aspire to be like that and I think that’s great. He’s a great leader, he’s a great white-ball bowler, we’re very lucky to have him and it was awesome to watch that last over,” Marsh said.
“Those moments there, that’s the ultimate. Playing cricket for your country, Mitch Starc versus Andre Russell, two of the best in the world at what they do. That’s why you play,” Marsh added.
Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc had a scratchy start in the first two T20s before exhibiting a sensational performance in the third game. Starc shed light on his underwhelming performance in the first two games while explaining the reason behind the same.
“I’ve certainly got it wrong against ‘Russ’ in the past – game one is a prime example where I was probably bowling to plans that I was in two minds about. I probably didn’t back those plans personally,” Starc told cricket.com.au.
“To go back to what strength of mine is and just to hit that hole – I think that’s ultimately what you need to do in T20 cricket; back your ability, back your decision. If you run in with two thoughts on your mind, you’re behind the game already,” he added.