New Delhi: India pacer Mohammed Shami answered his critics with a fine display of death bowling as he went on to pick four wickets off four balls against Australia in the first warm-up match. Drafted in the squad in place of Jasprit Bumrah, critics had pointed out how Shami is out of match practice.
Nonetheless, he came out with an epic death over in a tight contest against Australia where he went on to pick four wickets off four balls, making sure India win the match by 6 runs.
Shami bowled a superb death over, giving away just two runs and picking up four wickets off four balls of Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis, and Kane Richardson.
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This was Shami’s first T20 match this year as he last played a game against Namibia in last year’s T20 World Cup, justifying the faith shown by the selectors. Earlier there were reports of Mohammed Siraj getting the push ahead of Shami, but the selectors stood with him after he got Covid-19 and was ruled out of the home season against Australia and South Africa.
India win after brilliant batting against Australia
Earlier, the Fifties from KL Rahul (57) and Suryakumar Yadav (50) helped India post a challenging 186/7 in their first warm-up match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against defending champions Australia at The Gabba on Monday.
For Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, their bowling attack was a matter of concern. However, in the warm-up, they are proving to be good enough to win the game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar clinched two wickets while the new addition to the team, Mohammad Shami got 3 wickets. Along with that, Arsdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed one player each.
Talking about the batting performance of Men in Blue, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav managed to score half-century each. Rohit and Kohli contributed with 15 and 19 runes respectively. Dinesh Karthik scored 20 runs to contribute to the total of the team.