ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021

India vs Australia - Match 14

Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai

Date & Time: 20 October 2021

India 153/2

RR: 8.58 | India beat Australia by 8 wickets

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Earlier in the day, Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first which proved to be a disaster as Australia lost 3 wickets in the first 4 overs. Steven Smith then occupied the crease and almost batted through with Marcus Stoinis playing an important cameo. The total was a bit under par and the Indian top order breezed through the chase and ended up winning by 9 wickets.

Australia have some serious issues going into the T20 World Cup but the form of Steven Smith isn't one of them. Earlier, it was the top order which failed and now the pace bowlers were just not upto the mark. The conditions didn't help them either but their spinners did bowl well with Ashton Agar picking up the only wicket in the innings. The Aussies have a plethora of all-rounders but these under par performances make selection that more difficult. Australia will now look to find the right balance and get back on track in their first match of the tournament.

Practice makes a man perfect and that could be seen in India's batting today. All of them have had a lot of practice in the Indian T20 League and are now well versed with the conditions. Just like the last match, the Indian openers got off to a flier. KL Rahul continued his brilliant form as he put on a 68-run partnership with Rohit Sharma at the top. Rahul fell, but Sharma kept on getting better and better as he notched up a half-century and retired soon after. Suryakumar Yadav at the other end played some extraordinary shots and Hardik Pandya added the finishing touches.

It was like a walk in the park for India as Hardik Pandya wrapped things up in style with 13 balls remaining. Australia, on the other hand, have a lot to think about before heading into the main draw of the tournament.

17.5
6
Kane Richardson to Hardik Pandya, SIX! Game, set, and match! Fuller in length, around off. Hardik Pandya stands tall and lofts it over the bowler's head for a maximum and finishes things off in style. INDIA WIN BY 9 WICKETS!
17.4
2
Kane Richardson to Hardik Pandya, Fuller in length, on off. Hardik Pandya throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball goes off the outside edge towards deep backward point for a brace.
17.3
1
Kane Richardson to Suryakumar Yadav, Lenght ball, on off. Suryakumar Yadav lifts it towards deep cover for a single this time.
17.2
4
Kane Richardson to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Only Suryakumar Yadav can play such extraordinary shots! Short of a length, on middle. Suryakumar Yadav uses his wrists to flick it over short fine leg for a boundary.
17.1
1
Kane Richardson to Hardik Pandya, Short of a length, outside off. Pandya mistimes his pull to mid-wicket for a single.

Kane Richardson is back on. 

16.6
1
Pat Cummins to Hardik Pandya, Wide outside off, slashed to sweeper cover for a single. 14 needed from 18 balls.
16.5
1
Pat Cummins to Suryakumar Yadav, Slower delivery, outside off. Suryakumar Yadav knocks it to long on. A single.
16.4
0
Pat Cummins to Suryakumar Yadav, Short ball, on middle. Suryakumar Yadav looks to play the ramp shot but fails to connect.
16.3
1
Pat Cummins to Hardik Pandya, Length ball, on off. Hardik Pandya works it down the ground to long on for a single.
16.2
0
Pat Cummins to Hardik Pandya, Full and outside off, guided to backward point.
16.1
2
Pat Cummins to Hardik Pandya, Short ball, on middle. Hardik Pandya pulls it to mid--wicket. The fielder misfields and the batters take a single. Mitchell Starc from long on runs to his right and dives to stop the ball. The batters take another run.
15.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Hardik Pandya, Very full and on off. Pandya pushes it with soft hands down to wide long off for a single. 19 needed in 24 balls.
15.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, On a length, on off. Yadav guides it to short third man for a single.
15.4
0
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, A pacy full ball, around leg. Suryakumar Yadav backs away and looks to go inside-out but fails to connect.
15.3
0
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, Full and on middle, flicked to square leg.
15.3
0
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, WIDE! Length ball, angling down leg. Suryakumar Yadav misses his flick.
15.2
4
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! How good was this shot? A full ball, angling on middle. Suryakumar Yadav gets on his knee and slog-sweeps it towards the vacant square leg region.
15.1
0
Mitchell Starc to Suryakumar Yadav, Starc nails his yorker and serves it just around off. Yadav fails to dig it out.

Rohit Sharma has enough game time and he is retiring himself out. Hardik Pandya comes in for him. Also, Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack.

14.6
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, This was full and way outside off. Rohit Sharma reaches to it but fails to connect any bat on it. 14 off this over. 26 runs required in 30 balls.
14.5
1
Pat Cummins to Suryakumar Yadav, Around off, on a length, driven to extra cover for a single.
14.4
6
Pat Cummins to Suryakumar Yadav, SIX! Suryakumar Yadav with another effortless shot from his locker! Short in length, angling on the hips. Suryakumar Yadav flicks it uppishly and all the way over mid-wicket for a maximum.
14.3
0
Pat Cummins to Suryakumar Yadav, Change of pace from Cummins. A full ball, outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
14.2
1
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Again goes for the pulll short but bottom-edges it to the right of the keeper and takes an easy single as well.
14.1
6
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, SIX! WOW! What a shot! Makes it look so simple! It was a short ball, angling on middle. Rohit Sharma pulls it all the way over square leg for a biggie.

Pat Cummins (2-0-14-0) is back into the attack.

13.6
4
Marcus Stoinis to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Extraordinary shot from Suryakumar Yadav! This was on a length and on middle, was a slower ball as well. Suryakumar Yadav shuffles a bit across, waits for the ball to arrive and scoops it to the fine leg region for a boundary.
13.5
1
Marcus Stoinis to Rohit Sharma, A full ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma wrists it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Suryakumar Yadav, A length ball, on middle. Yadav clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.3
1
Marcus Stoinis to Rohit Sharma, Around off, on a length, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.
13.2
4
Marcus Stoinis to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Wonderful shot and also brings up Fifty for Rohit Sharma! Elegance personified! A length ball, outside off. Rohit Sharma crouches a bit and cuts it past point for a boundary.
13.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Suryakumar Yadav, Slower, outside off and on a length. Suryakumar Yadav looks to push but gets an inside edge to the left of the keeper who half-stops and allows a single.

Marcus Stoinis (1-0-4-0) comes back into the attack.

12.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Suryakumar Yadav, 10 coming of this over! A full ball, on middle. Suryakumar Yadav drills it down to long on for a single. 52 needed in 42 balls.
12.5
0
Glenn Maxwell to Suryakumar Yadav, A flatter ball, full and on middle. Suryakumar Yadav sweeps it straight to short fine leg.
12.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Rohit Sharma, Another single as Rohit Sharma flicks this one to the mid-wicket region.
12.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Suryakumar Yadav, On middle. Yadav wrists it to mid-wicket for a single.
12.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Rohit Sharma, Touch fuller, on off, pushed down to long off for a single.
12.1
6
Glenn Maxwell to Rohit Sharma, SIX! THUMPED! A full ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma takes a big stride forward and hammers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack for the first time today.

11.6
4
Mitchell Marsh to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Short and wide yet again. This time Suryakumar Yadav takes full advantage. Yadav rocks back and cuts it into the fine leg fence.
11.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to Suryakumar Yadav, Short and wide, Yadav misses out on that one as he cuts it straight to point.
11.4
1
Mitchell Marsh to Rohit Sharma, A slower delivery, banged in around off. Sharma waits for it and dabs it down to third man for one.
11.3
6
Mitchell Marsh to Rohit Sharma, SIX! Bang! A length ball, around the off pole. Rohit Sharma clears the front leg and hoicks it over the cow corner fence for a maximum.
11.2
1
Mitchell Marsh to Suryakumar Yadav, On off and driven down to long off for a run.

Mitchell Marsh comes back into the attack. Gave away just 5 runs in his first over. 

11.1
0
Mitchell Marsh to Suryakumar Yadav, Full and straight, Yadav punches it dead straight and disturbs the stumps at the other end. Fortunately for Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Marsh didn't get a hand on it, otherwise he was a goner.
10.6
1
Adam Zampa to Suryakumar Yadav, Six singles in the over. Very full and Yadav almost yorks himself. He manages to work it on the on side and gets a run.
10.5
1
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, Fullish ball, on middle and this is worked through mid-wicket for yet another single.
10.4
1
Adam Zampa to Suryakumar Yadav, On middle and this one skids on. Yadav presents the full face of the bat and pushes it to the wide long off region. He picks up a single.
10.3
1
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, Flatter ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma punches it off the back foot to long on for a single.
10.2
1
Adam Zampa to Suryakumar Yadav, Uppish but safe, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Yadav plays the inside-out drive through cover-point for a run.
10.1
1
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, On middle and now Sharma sweeps. He gets it behind square on the leg side and picks up a single.

Adam Zampa (2-0-23-0) comes back on. 

9.6
4
Ashton Agar to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! On off and Suryakumar Yadav gets down on one knee to sweep it against the spin. Yadav crunches the sweep shot into the vacant square leg fence. 80 now required off 60 balls.
9.5
0
Ashton Agar to Suryakumar Yadav, Flatter delivery, on off stump. Suryakumar Yadav defends it out.
9.4
1
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, On middle and this is turned through the mid-wicket region for a single.
9.3
0
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, A slider, around off stump. Sharma looks to drive but gets it off the outer half of the bat towards backward point.

DRINKS! With that wicket, the umpires decide to take drinks. No pressure has been put on India so far. They have gotten rid of KL Rahul but India are cruising through nicely. Suryakumar Yadav walks out to bat at No.3 now. 

9.2
0
Ashton Agar to KL Rahul, OUT! CAUGHT! That's the first wicket down for India. Agar gives this a bit more air and flights it up nicely around the off stump. KL Rahul skips down the track but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball. Rahul ends up skying it around the mid off region. David Warner runs in from the cover region and takes an excellent catch over his shoulder. Could this spark an Aussie comeback?
9.1
1
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, On off and stroked through covers for a single.
8.6
0
Mitchell Marsh to KL Rahul, Marsh hits the length hard, outside off. Rahul looks to cut away but gets a bottom edge back to the keeper.
8.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to KL Rahul, Nicely bowled. A slower bouncer, on middle and going over the shoulder of the batter. Rahul looks to pull but gets beaten by the lack of pace.
8.4
2
Mitchell Marsh to KL Rahul, Slower one, banged in a bit, around off. KL Rahul makes room and slaps it towards long off for a single. Glenn Maxwell scores a direct hit at the bowler's end but Rahul was well in and they do get an overthrow as well.
8.3
1
Mitchell Marsh to Rohit Sharma, Length again, around leg stump. Sharma works it through square leg and rotates the strikes. There's just no pressure being put on the Indian openers at the moment.
8.2
1
Mitchell Marsh to KL Rahul, A length ball, on middle and leg. Rahul tucks it off his hips towards deep square leg for a run.

Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack. 

8.1
1
Mitchell Marsh to Rohit Sharma, On the pads and flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Rohit Sharma, Slower ball, on a length and on off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.5
1
Marcus Stoinis to KL Rahul, Now Rahul connects it nicely but just for a single. A full ball, on off, pushed to covers.
7.4
0
Marcus Stoinis to KL Rahul, Brilliant change of pace from Stoinis! A slower short ball, outside off. KL Rahul skips down as he looks to pull but manages to under edge it back to the keeper.
7.3
0
Marcus Stoinis to KL Rahul, Gets deceived by the pace! A slower ball, was full and around off. KL Rahul looks to smash it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Rohit Sharma, Length and on middle. Sharma nudges it to deep square leg for a single.
7.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to KL Rahul, Around off, on a length, pushed to covers for a quick single.

Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack for the first time today.

6.6
2
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, A full ball, on off. Sharma drives it to cover where a mis-field allows the batter to collect a couple of runs.
6.5
1
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, On middle, tucked away on the leg side for a single.
6.4
6
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, SIX! As straight as you like! A full ball, on off. KL Rahul hangs back and tonks it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
6.3
0
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, Around off, pushed to covers.
6.2
6
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, SIX! As clean as you like! A tossed up ball, full and outside off. KL Rahul gets low and smokes it over long on for a biggie.
6.1
1
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, A full ball, on middle, swept away to square leg for a single.
5.6
1
Kane Richardson to Rohit Sharma, A length ball, on off, pulled away to deep square leg for a single. 111 needed in 84 balls. At the end of the Powerplay, India are 42/0.
5.5
1
Kane Richardson to KL Rahul, A slower full toss, on middle. Rahul is surprised by the pace as he checks his shot and lofts it over point for a single.
5.4
0
Kane Richardson to KL Rahul, A length ball, outside off. Rahul looks to heave it on the leg side but under-edges it back to the keeper.

The umpire is asking KL Rahul whether he was distracted by the hand towel coming off when Kane Richardson bowled this delivery. Rahul says it's all fine and a dead ball is not signalled.

5.3
0
Kane Richardson to KL Rahul, A length ball, outside off. Rahul knocks it to covers.
5.2
4
Kane Richardson to KL Rahul, FOUR! He is in form of his life! A short ball, outside off. Rahul rides on the bounce and smashes it over mid off for a boundary.
5.1
0
Kane Richardson to KL Rahul, Length and on off, pushed to covers.

Kane Richardson now comes into the attack.

4.6
1
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, Darted on the pads, drilled down to long on for another single.
4.5
0
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, Very full, on leg. Rahul smashes it straight to mid on.
4.4
1
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, Slower, flatter ball, on middle. Sharma skips down and eases it down to long on. One.
4.3
4
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Finds the gap! A flatter ball, outside off. Sharma punches off the back foot through point for a boundary.
4.2
0
Adam Zampa to Rohit Sharma, Full and on middle. Sharma advances down the track and flicks it to square leg.
4.1
1
Adam Zampa to KL Rahul, Slants this one on the pads, Rahul tucks it to mid on for a single.

Adam Zampa comes in to replace Ashton Agar.

3.6
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Aorund off, driven towards covers.
3.5
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, On a good length, outside off. Sharma hits it to mid off.
3.4
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Slower ball, on middle. Nudged on the leg side.
3.3
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Touch fuller, on off. Rohit Sharma defends it back to the bowler.
3.2
4
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Beautifully timed! Length ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma works it off his wrists through mid-wicket for a boundary.
3.1
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, On a length, around off. Rohit Sharma punches it off the back foot to cover.
2.6
1
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, Floats it up, on leg. Rohit Sharma clips it to deep square leg. He retains the strike.
2.5
0
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, On off, knocked back to the bowler.
2.4
0
Ashton Agar to Rohit Sharma, Flatter ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma keeps it out.
2.3
1
Ashton Agar to KL Rahul, Drifting it on leg, KL Rahul clears his front leg and pushes it to mid on for a single.
2.2
0
Ashton Agar to KL Rahul, Drags his length back, outside off. KL Rahul rocks back and cuts it but finds the point fielder.
2.1
6
Ashton Agar to KL Rahul, SIX! What a way to welcome Ashton Agar! Agar tosses it up, on middle. KL Rahul prods and hammers this one over long on for a biggie. Sweet as a nut!

A change in the bowling straightaway as Ashton Agar comes into the attack.

1.6
4
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! This time, it's on the pads. Rohit Sharma tickles it fine past the keeper to fine leg for a boundary. 10 runs from the over.
1.5
4
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Edgy again! Length ball, wide outside off. Rohit Sharma reaches out for it. The ball goes off the outside edge and flies over the short third man fielder for a boundary.
1.4
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Length ball, on off. Rohit Sharma works it to mid-wicket.
1.3
1
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, On a good length, on middle, angling in. KL Rahul works it to deep square leg for one.
1.2
1
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, On a length, on middle. Rohit Sharma tucks it to deep square leg. He gets off the mark with a single.
1.1
0
Pat Cummins to Rohit Sharma, Good-length ball, outside off, the ball keeps a little low. Rohit Sharma looks to punch it towards covers but misses.

Pat Cummins to steam in from the other end.

0.6
4
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, FOUR! Edgy! Good-length ball, around off, nipping away. KL Rahul has a nibble at it. The ball goes off the outside edge and races away to the third man region for a boundary. Even Mitchell Starc knows, that was a good ball and is unlucky there. He has a smile on his face.
0.5
0
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, Fuller in length again, on off, swinging back in. KL Rahul looks to drive but gets an inside edge again onto the pads.
0.4
0
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, Full-length ball, nipping back in, on leg. KL Rahul looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. Mitchell Starc appeals for an LBW but the umpire shakes his head.
0.3
0
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, Good-length ball, on middle. KL Rahul pushes it back to the bowler.
0.2
2
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, First runs off the bat! Full and outside off, KL Rahul looks to drive. The ball goes off the inside edge to deep square leg for a couple of runs.
0.2
0
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, WIDE! On a length, down the leg side. KL Rahul looks to flick but misses. Wide given.
0.1
0
Mitchell Starc to KL Rahul, Starc starts with a good-length ball, on off. KL Rahul presses forward and taps it towards covers.