ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021
Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai
Date & Time: 20 October 2021
RR: 8.58 | India beat Australia by 8 wickets
Right then, that is all we have from this game. The action in the warm-up matches however, will continue with two more matches coming your way. Pakistan take on South Africa and reigning champions West Indies face-off against Afghanistan. Both these matches will begin at 6 pm local time (2:30 pm GMT). Do switch tabs and enjoy the action. Till then, cheers!.
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.
Kane Richardson is back on.
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.
Pat Cummins (2-0-14-0) is back into the attack.
Marcus Stoinis (1-0-4-0) comes back into the attack.
Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack for the first time today.
Mitchell Marsh comes back into the attack. Gave away just 5 runs in his first over.
Adam Zampa (2-0-23-0) comes back on.
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.
Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack.
Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack for the first time today.
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.
Kane Richardson now comes into the attack.
Adam Zampa comes in to replace Ashton Agar.
A change in the bowling straightaway as Ashton Agar comes into the attack.
Pat Cummins to steam in from the other end.