Suryakumar Yadav has continued his excellent form. At the same time, the Indian team defeated the hosts by 13 runs in their first warm-up match before the T20 World Cup in Perth on Monday against Australia Cricket Association XI. Team India has been training in WACA for the last three days, players are working hard to adapt to the pace and bounce of the pitch. In this match, India scored 158 runs for six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. In reply, WACA XI could manage only 145 runs in 20 overs and lost the match.
The moment Suryakumar Yadav completed his fifty in the Warm-up match. pic.twitter.com/Gwb9GPc6pE
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Instead of skipper Rohit Sharma’s regular opening partner KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant opened the innings for the visitors. But it was Suryakumar, whose 35-ball 52 was the highlight of the Indian innings as the fans enjoyed his free-flowing strokeplay. During his knock, he hit three fours and as many sixes and for once the pace and bounce of the pitch could not trouble the world No. 2 ranked T20I batsman.
What a beautiful shot by Suryakumar Yadav!pic.twitter.com/ocqIDXyrsU
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The other batsman, who made a significant contribution, was all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who scored 29 runs off 20 balls. Deepak Hooda also scored 22 runs in 14 balls as India posted 39 for two in the powerplay. In fact, when Suryakumar was dismissed in the 17th over, India were 129 for five, but 29 runs in the last three overs brought India closer to a good 160.
Defending the total against WACA XI was not a big challenge as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh blew up the home team’s top order within six powerplay overs. When WACA XI got four blows for 29 runs in six overs, they could not recover from them till the end.
Arshdeep proved to be the best Indian bowler with impressive figures of 3/6 in three overs. While Bhuvneshwar (2/26) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/15) also took wickets.
India’s next warm-up match against the same team is on October 13, after which the team will travel to Brisbane for two official practice matches against Australia and New Zealand.
India’s first match in the World Cup will be against Pakistan on 23 October.