Indian pacer Mohammed Shami’s final over brilliance handed India a 6-run win over Australia in the first warm-up match in Brisbane. Chasing 187-runs, Australia skipper Aaron Finch played a blistering knock of 76 and made the chase look easy. But Shami scalped three wickets and defended just 11-runs in the 20th over to clinch victory. Virat Kohli took a one-handed stunner to dismiss Pat Cummins and also saved six runs.
Batting first, India got off to a flying start, with KL Rahul hammering the Aussie bowlers and blazing a brilliant fifty off just 27 balls. Glenn Maxwell gave the much-needed breakthrough by getting rid of Rahul on 57. The vulnerabilities of the big guns were once again exposed as Rohit Sharma (15) and Virat Kohli (19) departed in quick succession.
Kane Richardson then rattled the middle order as he dismissed Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik for 2 and 20, respectively. Suryakumar played some good shots to keep the scoreboard ticking before Richardson ended his stay for 50. Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav’s fifties lifted India to post 186/7 in 20 overs.
In reply, Australia had a flying start with Finch and Mitchell Marsh smashing the India bowlers all over the park. Bhuvneshwar Kumar cleaned up Marsh on 35. Steven Smith (11) and Glenn Maxwell (23) threatened to take on India’s bowling attack before their stay was cut short by Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar respectively. Kohli made an excellent direct hit to run-out Tim David (5). Shami bowled brilliant yorkers to take wickets and secured a thrilling win for India.