T20 World Cup 2022: Australia pacer Mitchell Starc warns Dhananjaya de Silva for leaving his crease early at non-striker's end

Australia will need to win the match against Sri Lanka to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

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The 19th match of the ICC T20 Word Cup 2022 is currently underway with hosts Australia locking horns with Asia Cup 2022 winners Sri Lanka in Perth. The Aussies will look to fire on all cylinders and bounce back today against the Lankan Lions following their massive loss against New Zealand in the first match of their Super 12 campaign.

The Aaron Finch-led side won the toss and opted to bowl first in their must-win contest. In the fifth over the contest, Australia's speedster Mitchell Starc was seen giving a warning to Sri Lankan batter Dhananjaya de Silva for leaving the crease too early at the non-striker’s end.

The 32-year-old pacer warned de Silva for venturing out of the crease a bit early. According to the MCC rules, a bowler can run out a batter at the non-striker’s end without giving any warning and it will be considered as a wicket.

The ongoing non-striker’s run out debate continues

While the wicket is valid as per the laws of the MCC, many cricketers believe it does not uphold ‘the spirit of the game’. The ongoing debate and the controversy surrounding it began when India's Deepti Sharma ran out England's Charlie Dean at Lord's in the third ODI during India's recent tour of England.

Dean was found backing away too much during the occasion when Deepti dislodged the bails and ran her out, and that eventually sparked off the debate.

Earlier, in the 3rd T20I match between Australia and England just prior to the World Cup, Starc had done something similar. The pace spearhead had warned English captain Jos Buttler for leaving his crease early.

"I am not Deepti, but I might do it," said the pacer while warning Buttler to run him out.

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