Mitchell Starc breaks Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become fastest to 150 ODI wickets

first_imgAustralian pacer Mitchell Starc on Thursday became the fastest bowler to 150 ODI wickets and he also became the first in World Cup 2019 to pick up a five-wicket haul to lead his team to a 15-run win over West Indies in Nottingham.Chasing 289 for victory, the West Indies were restricted to 273 for 9 with Starc picking up his sixth five-wicket haul in ODIs. Australia, who were bowled out for 288 batting first, registered their second successive win in the tournament to move up to second place in the points table.Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46 from his quota of 10 overs and bettered former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become the fastest to 150 wickets in his 77th ODI match. Saqlain had achieved the milestone in 78 matches.”We back ourselves to defend anything. I felt it (the surface) quite hard – the wicket was a bit up and down but I settled in and got used to it. They were on the way before Starcy picked 2-3, good move by Finch to bring him on then. He is a fantastic bowler and credit goes to him,” man-of-the-match Nathan Coulter-Nile, who smashed 92 runs with the bat, praised Starc after the game.Starc has a terrific record against the West Indies with 21 wickets in 7 matches at 12.76 with three five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.West Indies got off to a poor start before Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) laid the platform for the power-hitters, but the Starc-led Australian attack kept them on a tight leash.Starc first picked up the wicket of Chris Gayle (21) in the first powerplay and then returned in the death overs to remove Andre Russell (15), Jason Holder (51), Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Sheldon Cottrell (1) to swing the match in Australia’s favour.advertisementPat Cummins (2 for 41) and Adam Zampa (1 for 58) gave good support to Starc from the other ends.Also Read | Australia vs West Indies Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | Smith, Coulter-Nile, Starc shine as Australia beat West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle left to rue his luck after series of umpiring errors Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runslast_img