T20 World Cup: What captain Rohit Sharma said after defeating Australia in the warm-up match
Brisbane. The Indian team defeated Australia by six runs in their first warm-up match played at The Gabba Stadium in Brisbane on Monday, thanks to the brilliant bowling of Mohammed Shami and half-centuries from the bats of KL Rahul and Suryakumar. Australia captain Aaron Finch tried his best to take the team to victory by playing an innings of 76 off 54 balls, but failed. At the same time, after the match, India’s captain Rohit Sharma seemed happy with the team’s batting and bowling.
He said, ‘We batted well, in the end we could have added 10-15 more. We wanted to stay till the last over, which Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) did. It was a good pitch where you could count on bounce and our batsmen played it well. You have to be smart while playing with big boundaries. It is very important to get fours and sixes, but to collect 8-9 in an over, it is equally important to get singles and two.
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Rohit further said, ‘We have paid more attention to it since Perth. We need to improve in the last overs. We need to change the length and strategy of the ball. Sometimes failing is a good choice. Overall it was a good match. It was a good pitch and his batting put pressure on us. It was always our plan to bowl to Shami in the death overs and you see what he did.
Chasing the target of 187 runs given by the Indian team, the start of the Australia team was excellent. Opening pair Mitchell Marsh and captain Aaron Finch put on a 41-run partnership to give the team a good start. However, Marsh was dismissed for 35. Bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar clean bowled the batsman and sent him back to the pavilion. At the same time, Finch played an innings of 76 runs in 54 balls, which included 3 sixes and 7 fours.
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At the crease, it looked as if Australia had won the match, but Mohammed Shami’s four-wicket haul in the last over made the Indian team’s hopes of winning the World Cup come true. Shami took three wickets in the last over, including the wickets of Pat Cummins (7), Josh (1) and Kane Richardson (0). One batsman was run out.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also did not lag behind. He also took two wickets, which included the wickets of Mitchell Marsh (35) and Glenn Maxwell (23). Also Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel took 1-1 wickets. Earlier, with the help of KL Rahul (57 off 33 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (50 off 33 balls), India scored 186 for seven when they were sent to bat first. India’s first match in the T20 World Cup will be played against Pakistan on 23 October.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 17, 2022, 14:25 IST