Exactly five years ago, Australian speedster, Mitchell Starc, registered his maiden ODI five-wicket haul vs Pakistan at Sharjah. Having earned his first Man-of-the-Match award in ODIs against Afghanistan on the first match of the tour, Starc’s tour of United Arab Emirates was turning out to be fruitful.
In what was the first ODI vs Pakistan, he registered bowling figures of 10-2-42-5 in his consecutive second Man-of-the-Match performance. Misbah-ul-Haq, the then Pakistan captain, won the toss and chose to bat. They lost wickets at regular intervals, resultant of which, could only manage 198-10 in 45.1 overs. Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal had scored half-centuries each.
Apart from Starc, James Pattinson bowled an economical bowling spell, which read 9.1-0-19-3. Daniel Christian and Mitchell Johnson picked up a wicket apiece. Australia chased the target with four wickets and 10 balls remaining. Michael Clarke top-scored with 66 (97) and George Bailey remained unbeaten on 57.
Starc had made his ODI debut close to two years before this match. Having played a paltry seven ODIs before this tour, he had managed nine scalps in those at an average of 30.88. This tour, more or less, introduced him to the world in his true sense. Watch the full video of his spell: