Australia mauled by India in warm up game

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India's second warm up game against Australia saw them take a comfortable victory. 

Captain MS Dhoni won the toss and without hesitations elected to bat first on a surface which promised a high scoring game.

India's start of the game was quite rocky, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli were back in the pavilion within start of five overs and just 14 runs on the board. Captain of the IPL winning team Rohit Sharma failed to create the mark again in the national squad and was bowled out by Mckay in the ninth over of their innings and Raina also bowled out in the same over. After losing Shikhar Dhawan with just 55 runs on the the board it looked like Indian Team would even struggle to put 200 runs together. 

Captain MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik stabilised the innings while maintaining a run rate of four an over until 32 overs were complete, at this stage batting side were looking for a total of somewhere around 220-230, but both the players between the wickets had different plans, they put together a stand of 242 for the sixth wicket and led their team to a commanding position and were able to manage 308 runs on the board with Dinesh Karthik scoring a huge 146 and Captain playing a winning knock of 91 in just 77 balls. 

Australian batting line up looked bright with David Warner and Matthew Wade heading the pack. They started off well with Wade hitting Umesh Yadav for a boundary on his first delivery, but everything changed when Wade dragged the ball on to the stumps which was short of good length on middle and off and angling away.

It never looked like Australian team were able to get the grip on the game. They kept loosing wickets for every few runs scored and were never able to read Umesh Yadav's bowling who managed to grab five wickets in his spell. 

The team batting second drifted to one of the worst loses in the warm up games ahead of the Champions Trophy and were bowled out for 65 in just 24 overs chasing a target of 309. This may have caused some serious concerns over the ability of the batting line up which was once so devastating. 

Australia take on their Ashes rivals England in their first game of ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday at Birmingham.


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