Another comfortable warm up win for India

By: News Desk      Published: 06:59 PM, 20 Oct, 2021
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma scored 60 runs vs Australia in warm-up game.

India registered another comfortable victory in their warm-up matches for the World T20 in Dubai Wednesday as they beat Australia by eight wickets in their second warm-up match.

Chasing a target of 153 runs, KL Rahul (39) and Rohit Sharma (60) gave a flying start to India with their 68-run opening stand.

Stand-in skipper Rohit completed his half-century in 36 balls after Rahul got out on a brilliant turning ball from Aston Agar. Suryakumar Yadav, who came to bat at No.3, in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli also batted well with his unbeaten 38-run knock. Hardik Pandya also made 14 off 8 balls who came to the batting after Rohit was retired out.

India's last hero in the last match, Ishan Kishan didn't get an opportunity to bat in this game but he was seen keeping the wickets instead of Rishabh Pant.

Earlier, the Aaron Finch-led side ended its innings at 152 runs after being reduced to 11/3 in the fourth over. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (2/8), Ravindra Jadeja (1/35) and Rahul Chahar (1/17) picked up wickets at regular intervals but India's old nemesis, Steve Smith (57) came back to haunt them.

Smith scored a half-century in 41 balls and added 76 runs for the fifth wicket with Marcus Stoinis (41*). Smith also added 61 runs with Glenn Maxwell (37) for the fourth wicket.

India's designated captain Virat Kohli was seen bowling a few overs as the team management is looking for a 6th bowling option ahead of the side's tournament opener against Pakistan on October 24

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