KKR vs SRH: 'What A Night Mitchell Starc Chose To Perform', Irfan Pathan Heaps Praise On Kolkata Speedster

Irfan Pathan was impressed by Mitchell Starc's explosive spell during the powerplay, which dismantled SRH's top order. Starc delivered in the crucial Qualifier match, taking 3 wickets.
KKR vs SRH: 'What A Night Mitchell Starc Chose To Perform', Irfan Pathan Heaps Praise On Kolkata Speedster

Mitchell Starc in action for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Ex India cricketer Irfan Pathan praised KKR pace bowler Mitchell Starc for his exceptional performance against SRH in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2024 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 21, Tuesday. Irfan expressed admiration for Starc's crucial contribution to KKR, particularly in such a crucial match. The significant investment made by the KKR franchise in Starc seemed justified as he delivered an impressive performance, proving his worth.
Returning to the IPL after an absence of 8 years, Starc became the highest-priced player in IPL history, securing a bid of Rs 24.75 crore. Despite the pressure of his hefty price tag, Starc's performances fluctuated throughout the season. Nonetheless, he rose to the occasion when it mattered most for the team.
"What a night Mitchell Starc chose to perform for KKR," Irfan Pathan wrote on 'X'.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, SRH's decision backfired immediately. In the opening over, Mitchell Starc bowled a brilliant delivery to dismiss Travis Head. This clash between Australian cricketers at the Ahmedabad stadium saw Starc emerge victorious.
For the first time, both SRH openers were dismissed for single digits. Head was bowled by a flawless delivery from Starc. In his second over, Starc almost dismissed Rahul Tripathi, but KKR chose not to review the on-field umpire's decision. Continuing his spell, Starc struck again in his third consecutive over, removing Nitish Reddy and Shahbaz Ahmed with back-to-back deliveries.
In the first 12 games of IPL 2024, Starc took only 12 wickets, struggling with an unremarkable economy rate of 11.37.
At the time of writing this article, KKR were cruising at 129/2 after 12 overs of play in the run-chase of 160.
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