IPL 2024
Mitchell Starc Strikes Early: Travis Head Departs For A Silver Duck in IPL Qualifier
By CricShots - May 21, 2024 8:44 pm
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On Tuesday, May 21, Mitchell Starc delivered a sensational start for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by dismissing Travis Head in the first over of Qualifier 1 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This pivotal match began with SRH captain Pat Cummins winning the toss and opting to bat first, placing hopes on their prolific openers, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, to set a solid foundation.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc drew the first blood

Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have been instrumental for SRH throughout the season, and much was expected from them in this crucial game. However, Mitchell Starc, the most expensive player in IPL history, demonstrated his worth almost immediately.

On just his second delivery, Mitchell Starc clean-bowled his fellow Australian with a magnificent ball that moved away at the last moment, deceiving Head and sending him back to the pavilion for a two-ball duck. This early breakthrough underscored why KKR invested heavily in Starc, as he showcased his ability to deliver under pressure.

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Travis Head’s dismissal was eerily reminiscent of his previous game, where he also fell for a golden duck, this time to Arshdeep Singh. Despite these recent setbacks, Head has enjoyed an outstanding IPL season, currently sitting as the third-highest run-scorer with 533 runs, including one century and four half-centuries. His consistency throughout the tournament has been a significant factor for SRH’s success, making his early dismissal a considerable blow.


As the game progressed, KKR further solidified their dominant position. After Head’s departure, Vaibhav Arora struck again in the second over, removing the in-form Abhishek Sharma, leaving SRH struggling at 13 for 2. This double blow in quick succession placed KKR firmly in control of the match.

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The stakes in this Qualifier 1 are incredibly high. The winner of this match will secure a direct spot in the IPL final, scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Conversely, the losing team will have another chance to reach the final by facing the winner of the Eliminator between the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. This critical juncture in the tournament promises intense competition as teams vie for the prestigious IPL title.