Mitchell Starc Delays Run-Up Twice, Prevents Non-Striker Kusal Perera from Being Run Out


Mitchell Starc Delays Run-Up Twice, Prevents Non-Striker Kusal Perera from Being Run Out

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc refrained from effecting a non-striker run-out involving Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera during a Cricket World Cup 2023 match.

In the recent Australia versus Sri Lanka match at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium, a unique moment arose when Mitchell Starc, with the ball in hand, had the opportunity to dismiss the non-striker, Kusal Perera. Starc chose not to dislodge the stumps on the first occasion, opting to warn Perera instead. The pacer also informed the line umpire about Perera’s tendency to leave the crease early.

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The decision to enforce non-striker dismissal remains a topic of contention among cricket enthusiasts. While some believe in taking immediate action, others advocate for warnings. Starc’s actions seem to align with the latter perspective.

Later in the game, Starc paused his run-up again, suspecting an early departure from the crease by Perera. However, it appeared that Perera was not as early as before.

As for the match itself, Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis won the toss and chose to bat. Both teams were yet to secure any points in the Cricket World Cup, with Australia having lost to India and South Africa, and Sri Lanka losing to South Africa and Pakistan.

Mendis commented on the pitch, stating, “We will bat first, the wicket is looking good and it might turn a bit in the second half. We have two changes. Dasun and Matheesha are not playing and Chamika and Lahiru Kumara are playing. Unfortunately, Dasun is not playing, really important match today. The par score might be 280-300, hopefully, we can manage that.”

Australian skipper Pat Cummins mentioned the team’s focus areas during the toss, stating, “We probably would have batted as well but do not think it is too big a difference. The last two days we had training sessions and everyone is very clear on quite a few areas we need to sharpen up. We are playing the same team.”


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