India dented the Australians' confidence by winning the warm-up match by six runs at the Gabba, Brisbane.
Brisbane: India dented the Australians’ confidence by winning the warm-up match by six runs at the Gabba, Brisbane. The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first. Opener Rahul was in a belligerent mood and hammered 57 runs in just 33 deliveries. Captain Rohit Sharma played second fiddle and scored only 15 runs in 14 deliveries.
The arrival of Suryakumar Yadav accelerated the scoring rate at a brisk pace. SKY scored 50 off 33 balls, which helped other batters open their arms. In the end, India managed to score a competitive total of 186 on the board.
It was the turn of the Indian bowlers to restrict the Australians to less than 186, which was a daunting task. The home team openers made a confident start, especially Mitchell Marsh, as he played a cameo and scored 35 in 18 balls. Bhuveshwar Kumar sent him to the hut. Captain Aaron Finch kept one end intact and played a sheet-anchor role, scoring 76 in just 54 deliveries. The other batters failed to cope with the Indian bowlers.
Old war horse Mohammad Shami once again proved his worth in the shortest format of the game and grabbed three wickets, conceding just four runs in his only over of the match. His fantastic bowling effort helped the men in blue earn a morale-boosting victory.