India pip Australia by 6 runs in 1st warm-up match for ICC T20 World Cup 2022 

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India will play their second warm-up match against New Zealand on October 19

Mohammad Shami produced a spectacular final over to 3 wickets while giving away only four runs as India pipped Australia in their first warm-up game at the Gabba in Brisbane ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on Monday. 

India were certainly delighted with the performance given by Mohammad Shami in the final over as they had not been able to pull a favourable result and bowling in the death overs had remained a concern for a while. But on Monday, the pair of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Shami defended 16 runs from the last two overs, with Australia also losing a lot of wickets towards the end. 

The home side Australia was cruising towards victory at one stage before a crucial runout of Tim David by Virat Kohli turned the tables in India’s favour, with the former Indian captain also pulling off an incredibly athletic catch near the boundary ropes at long on to get rid of Pat Cummins. 

Australia were bowled out for 180 in 20 overs in reply to India’s total of 186/7, with the likes of KL Rahul (57), Suryakumar Yadav (50) and Dinesh Karthik (20) dazzling with the bat while a senior pros in Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scoring brisk 15 and 19 respectively.

The right-handed KL Rahul struck at more than 172 as he scored 57 from 33 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes while Suryakumar Yadav, overhead on the stump mic that he was not feeling like attacking, finished at 50 from 33 balls with 6 fours and 1 six.

Kane Richardson was the pick among the bowlers for Australia, returning with 4-0-30-4 while Mitchell Starc sent down a measly spell of 3-0-20-1. Pat Cummins was expensive giving away 33 runs in 3 overs while Australia did not bowl their top bowler Josh Hazlewood in the contest. 

Australia were cruising at one stage with Mitchell Marsh scoring 35 from 18 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes at the start while then captain Aaron Finch anchoring the innings with a splendid 76 from 54 balls with the help of 7 boundaries and 3 sixes.

While India have one more warm-up match lined up to be played at the same venue on Wednesday, Australia will head into the main round of the marquee event as the defending champions then they will take on New Zealand in their first match this Saturday, October 22, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). 

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