In a recent warm-up match against India, the Australian bowlers only got one wicket. The spinner Ashton Agar captured the wicket of Lokesh Rahul for 39 runs. Rohit Sharma retired after scoring 41-ball 60 to allow Hardik Pandya (14 not out) a bat with Suryakumar Yadav (38 not out).
Former Australia captain Steve Smith has marked India his favorite to win the T20 World Cup 2021. India played a tremendous warm-up match against Australia on Wednesday. Steve scored a 50 to help Australia make a good total but India won by 8 wickets.
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“They’re a terrific side, they’ve got all bases covered and some serious match-winners,” Smith said after his 57 from 48 balls. “They’ve all been playing in these conditions the last couple of months with the IPL (Indian Premier League). So they’ll be used to that.”
Australia bowlers were only able to capture one wicket. Spinner Ashton Ager removed India opener, Lokesh Rahul, for 39 runs. Rohit Sharma retired after a 41-ball 60 to allow Hardik Pandya to play. Pandya scored 19 runs and went not out with Suryakumar Yadav 38 not out. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis bowled for the first time after his hamstring injury in the Indian Premier League. Stoinis concede 16 runs from his 2 overs.
The poor form of David Warner concerned Australia when Ashwin captured him for 1 run. Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped warner due to his poor batting form. Warner has only managed three runs from his last four innings.
Aaron Finch also struggled with his batting partner David Warner but only scored 8 runs. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh batting at number three went duck by Ashwin on the first ball. Steve Smith partnered with Glenn Maxwell (37) and Stoinis (41 not out) to give Australia a good total.
Good runs made the skipper happy after rarely used by Delhi Capitals in IPL. “I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball really well,” he said.
“I did not play too many games in the IPL but I spent a lot of time in the nets, worked on things and got used to conditions.”
Moreover, Australia will play their World Cup opener against South Africa in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (October 23).