Mitchell Starc was the lone shining point for the Australian team on an otherwise disastrous day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. The left-arm pacer picked up a historic 10-wicket haul as he became the first Australian pacer to achieve the magnificent feat in Sri Lanka.
Starc, who claimed 5-44 on day one of the match , took another six on day two to complete his first 10-wicket haul in Tests as the hosts were bowled out for 237 – leaving the tourists requiring an improbable 413 to level the series.
Starc, who finished with match figures of 11-94, also became just the fourth Australian pacer in history to take a 10-wicket haul in an Asia – and the first since Geoff Dymock managed the feat against India in October 1979. The other two Australians to achieve the feat are Alan Davidson, who took 12-124 against India in Kanpur in December 1959, and Garth McKenzie, who claimed 10-91 against India in Chennai in October 1964.
Let us see how the twitterati reacted to Starc’s brilliant performance:
Mitchell Starc takes 11 wickets on a Ground that assists so much for spinners also he is the first fast bowler to take 10 wickets at Galle..
Chris Woakes can welcome Mitchell Starc to the 'take 11 wickets and lose the Test' club
— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) August 5, 2016
Mitchell Starc's Landmark Test:
First Ball wicket..
Five wicket Haul..
Completed 100 Wickets..
First time 10 wicket haul in Tests..
Before this Test, Mitchell Starc's bowling average was 30.08. Currently it is 27.88 after picking 11 wickets in this match. #SLvAUS
— Nikhil Mane 🏏🇦🇺 (@nikhiltait) August 5, 2016
Mitchell Starc – take a bow.
The best figures in a match by a fast bowler in Galle.
11-for-94. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/fqPOZ7YX0q
— William Hill Aus (@WillHillAus) August 5, 2016
Mitchell Starc deserves better than that batting effort this test. Seriously let him down
— Simon Alder (@fish_styx) August 5, 2016
It better not be Mitchell Starc’s round for a while. #SLvAUS
— Jonathan Howcroft (@JPHowcroft) August 5, 2016
1st innings: 16-7-44-5
2nd innings: 12-1-50-6
Match Haul: 28-8-94-11
— Srini Mama 💲 (@SriniMama16) August 5, 2016
Mitchell Starc's 11-94 best match figures by Aust Test quick on subcontinent since Alan Davidson's 12-124 v India at Kanpur 1959 #SLvAUS
— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) August 5, 2016
Mitchell Starc has been Australia's biggest hero racking up wickets aplenty on spin friendly comditions..
— Rajiv (@skrajiv) August 5, 2016
Thank god for Mitchell Starc he's the only that can hold his head high on this tour #SLvAUS
— PaddyDillon (@Paddydillon2011) August 5, 2016
— crictoday (@crictoday) August 5, 2016