India: 186 for 7 in 20 overs
KL Rahul 57, Suryakumar Yadav 50; Kane Richardson 4/34
Australia: 180 all out in 19 overs
Aaron Finch 76; Shami 3/4, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/20
The captains of the teams, India and Australia, came up for the toss and Australia won it, opting to bowl first. The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came out in the middle with the Australian fielders on the side.
Over pitching and driving through the covers, Rahul found the gap for a four and the duo got 9 runs in the first over.
With Rahul being in an ultra-aggressive form, India moved to 31 runs in the 2nd over. Coupling some singles with alternate multiple fours and sixes, the lethal pair helped India reach a score of 56 with no loss of wickets.
In 27 ball deliveries, Rahul took India’s score to 50 single-handedly. Joining the party, Sharma smashed 10 runs in 2 balls. With Rahul on fire, Maxwell lended a breakthrough to the side, taking the wicket of Rahul.
Lifting the ball long off, Sharma lost his wicket to Maxwell, posing India to a great strength, 80/2.
Suryakumar on the pitch brought up 100 for India and added a total of 50 in 32 balls and India posted 186 for 7 in 20 overs.
To begin the run chase, Mitchell Marsh joined Aaron Finch in the middle to face the delivery of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Marshe punched multiple fours and sixes, getting a score of 27 with no loss of wicket.
In an over from R Ashwin’s, Australia got 14 runs. Finch and Smith came into the act and Chahal dismissed Smith. Getting a milestone of 50 runs, Finch provided great strength to the team. With India’s death bowling, Australians were knocked out, wrapping up at a score of 180 all out in 19 overs.
India won the warmup session against Australia by runs.
Although the outcome is irrelevant, both teams checked off a few boxes. India’s death bowling, which has historically been a weakness, was really effective today. Yes, the warm-up allowed them to explore all of their alternatives, which they wouldn’t have in a normal game. However, Bhuvneshwar, Arshdeep, Harshal, and eventually Shami all delivered flawless death over bowling, including the hard lengths, bouncers, variations, and yorkers. Not to mention some incredible catching as well, although they shouldn’t really go crazy because it’s simpler to get death bowling right in a game with no real stakes. On the 23rd, we’ll learn more.
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