ICC World Cup 2015: India begin their warm-up by conceding 371 runs on the board
India began their defence for the World Cup in a worst possible way as the bowlers conceded 371 in the 50 overs against Australia in the first warm-up match ahead of the World Cup. David Warner and Glenn Maxwell scored centuries each as the Aussies plundered the Indian bowlers all over the park.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Aaron Finch and David Warner started off steadily before cashing in on India’s bowlers. Finch was the first to go caught by Virat Kohli off Stuart Binny at mid-on. Shane Watson looked threatening before he was surprised by a bouncer from Mohit Sharma and ended up caught by Akshar Patel in the square leg region. Steve Smith, India’s nemesis in the recently concluded tour was dismissed soon after for just 1. Skipper George Bailey joined David Warner at the crease and kept the scorecard ticking. Warner was at his aggressive best as he reached his 100 before he was cleaned up by Akshar Patel for 104.
Glenn Maxwell joined Bailey at the crease and started off cautiously. When the hosts took the batting power play, Bailey lost his wicket caught by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point off Mohammad Shami. Maxwell took charge soon after as he punished the Indian bowlers. He showed no mercy on the spinners as he swept, lofted, reverse sweep them all over the park. Maxwell reached his century off 52 balls before he retired out for 122, giving other batsmen a chance to bat. Mitchell Marsh scored a valiant 21 runs and rotated the strike when Maxwell was having a mayhem.
Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 2-52 with 9 overs. In spite of picking 3 wickets, Mohammad Shami remained on the expensive side as he conceded 83 runs in 9 overs. Ashwin too seemed economical as he went for 29 runs in six overs.
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