A sensational 20th over victory as India pulled off a six-run win over defending champions Australia in their first warm-up fixture of the T20 World Cup. Three wickets of the final four balls by Shami and one run-out. India won by six runs. Brilliant last over by India. In his only one over, Shami took three wickets and conceded only four runs.
Australian Captain Aaron Finch had won the toss and opted to field against India. Earlier, KL Rahul scored 57 runs off 33 balls and Suryakumar Yadav hit 50 off 33 as Team India scored 186 for 7 in 20 overs. For Australia, Kane Richardson takes four wickets. Apart from him, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, and Ashton Agar take one wicket each.
Harshal Patel conceded only five runs in a superb 19th over and picked up the wicket of captain Aaron Finch, who top-scored with a 54-ball 76, a brilliant run-out of Tim David by Virat Kohli’s direct hit
Shami was a surprise pick to bowl the final over after having not bowled in the entire match and made his mark by having Pat Cummins caught at long-on, thanks to a phenomenal one-handed catch by Kohli. Shami then bowled his last two yorkers right and knocked over Josh Inglis and Kane Richardson to seal a narrow win for India in a final over where four wickets fell, including the run out of Ashton Agar. Something which will boost India’s confidence in death over bowling ahead of the main tournament.
Final Scorecard – India 186/7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 57, Suryakumar Yadav 50; Kane Richardson 4/30) beat Australia 180 all out in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 76, Mitchell Marsh 35; Mohammed Shami 3/4, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/20) India won by six runs.
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