CWC 2019 – Twitter Reactions: Mitchell Starc’s five-for overshadows Trent Boult’s hat-trick as Australia rout New Zealand

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Mitchell Starc has been in outstanding form in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. After picking up a four-wicket haul against England on Tuesday, Starc bagged a five-for against New Zealand on Saturday and demolished the Black Caps in Australia’s 86-run victory at Lord’s.

Chasing 244 to win, New Zealand seemed to be cruising as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made a half-century stand. But Starc returned to the attack and removed Williamson for 40 in the 26th over to bring Australia back into the game.

He then went on to dismiss Tom Latham, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, and Mitchell Santner to claim with his second five-wicket haul in the tournament- first one against the West Indies in Nottingham.

Earlier, Aaron Finch’s decision to bat first appeared to backfire as Trent Boult dismissed the in-form opener in the fifth over. The reigning champions lost four more wickets before reaching 100 but it could easily have been worse if Martin Guptill had not dropped Khawaja in the slips when the southpaw was yet to open his account.

Carey and Khawaja then rebuilt the Australian innings with a sixth-wicket stand of 107, which Williamson broke when he had Carey caught at cover.

Boult claimed the tournament’s second hat-trick after India’s Mohammed Shami achieved the feat against Afghanistan, but Australia had put enough runs on the board for their bowlers.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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