Recent match report: Australia vs India warm-up 2021/22
Virat Kohli swung his arm as India looked to explore bowling options.
India 153 for 2 (Rohit 60, Rahul 39, Suryakumar 38 *) beat Australia 152 of 5 (Smith 57, Maxwell 37, Stoinis 41 *, Ashwin 2-8) by seven windows
India used seven bowlers, but Hardik Pandya was not among them. However, with Kohli twirling her arm, she suggested that India was considering giving herself bowling options.
The persecution of India went largely smoothly, Rahul reprized his attacking role and did not hold back as he has often done in the IPL. He did not always connect with his great attempts, but the intention was unmissable. He had three sixes and was trying to hit Adam Zampa for 39 of 31.
Rohit had started quickly and then did anchor, but accelerated again once Rahul was out. He was 28 of 25 when Rahul fell and threw 32 of his next 16 balls. He folded when 26 were needed on the last 30 balls, allowing Hardik to have a hit. Suryakumar was undefeated at 38 of 27.
Ishan Kishan, the backup starter, has also been in excellent shape, but it seems likely that he won’t be in the first eleven. Suryakumar and Hardik got time in the middle and named them as part of the team’s preferred starting eleven.
As India had done, Australia also used the warm-up game to allow underbelt overs for a variety of bowlers, using eight in total in 17.5 overs, though none of them posed a sustained threat. However, his key takeaway was that Stoinis threw two overs after recovering from injury.
Australia will open their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa on October 23, while India will face Pakistan in their first game on October 24.