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India beat Australia in their final T20 World Cup warm-up World T20
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India beat Australia in their final T20 World Cup warm-up

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Oct 2021, 08:16 pm

Dubai/UNI: India outclassed Australia in their final T20 World Cup warm-up as they raced past the 153-run target set by Australia at the ICC Academy Ground here.

India's top order, spearheaded by Rohit Sharma (60 n.o off 41 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (38 n.o off 27), fired India to 9-wicket win over the Aussies.

The Indian openers gave a blistering start. Rahul stitched a 68-run partnership with Rohit Sharma at the top.

Rahul and Rohit took Adam Zampa for 16 off the first over following the lifting of the fielding restrictions.

Soon Rahul walked back to the pavilion after scoring 39 off 31 balls, but Sharma raced to his half-century and retired soon after scoring 60 off 41 balls, studded with 5 boundaries and three sixes.

Rohit made way for Hardik Pandya. Suryakumar (38 no off 27), at the other end, played some brilliant shots and Hardik Pandya (14 off 8) finished off the chase by lofting Kane Richardson over the head for a maximum.

This performance by Indian players showed that they are fresh after making regular appearances in the recently-concluded IPL in the UAE.

India are still searching for their 6th bowler as Kohli rolled his arm over for a couple of overs. The ploy to use Varun Chakravarthy towards the death did not work out.

Earlier, Aaron Finch's team batted first and lost three quick wickets in the first 4 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin trapped David Warner for 1 and Mitchell Marsh for zero in successive balls before Finch was plumb to Ravindra Jadeja.

Steven Smith (57) stitched 61 and 76-run partnerships with Glenn Maxwell (37 off 28 balls) and Marcus Stoinis (41 no off 25 balls) respectively.

Though the Aussies lost the match, they will be heartened by the performances of Smith, Maxwell and Stoinis, given the poor form of Warner.

The top order batter was dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad last month following scores of 0 and 2 before he was dumped as captain in early stages of the IPL season.