Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ashwin, Rohit shine as India canter past Australia. Ashwin dismissed Warner and M. Marsh off successive deliveries in his first over.
Ashwin dismissed Warner and M. Marsh off successive deliveries in his first over.
India vs Australia
Rohit Sharma led from the front in India's second warm-up game, top scoring with 61, as India chased down Australia's 152 to register another win in their lead up to the T20 WC.
Rohit put on 68 for the opening stand with KL Rahul, who fell trying to up the ante against the spinners. Rohit added another 59 with a fluent Suryakumar Yadav before retiring hurt and allowing Hardik Pandya to give the finishing touches.
Earlier, Australia suffered quick setbacks after opting to bat against R Ashwin who bowled the second over the match. David Warner was LBW missing a reverse sweep while Mitchell Marsh was caught at slip off the very next ball. It got worse for Australia as Ravindra Jadeja had Aaron Finch trapped LBW off his first ball.
Glenn Maxwell (37 off 28), however, counterattacked with Steven Smith anchoring one end. Even as India experimented with Virat Kohli (2-0-12-0) as a bowling option, Australia found their way back through the latter half of the innings. Marcus Stoinis was ruthless against Shardul Thakur and Varun Chakravarthy in the death overs as Australia ended with a respectable total.
Brief Scores: Australia 152/5 (Steve Smith 57, Marcus Stoinis 41; R Ashwin 2-8) lost to India 153/1 in 17.5 ov (Rohit Sharma 68, Suryakumar Yadav 38*) by 9 wicket
England vs New Zealand
Mark Wood and Adil Rashid shared seven wickets between them as England fought back to register a 13-run victory over New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, with a 20-ball 41, had given New Zealand a rousing start in chase of 163. After racking up 59 in the PowerPlay for just the lost of Tim Seifert (bowled by Wood), New Zealand's innings went into a tailspin after Rashid removed Guptill in his first over.
They then lost five wickets in the space of 24 balls before Mark Wood ripped through the lower middle order. The final wicket pair of Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle, put on a fight getting New Zealand to within 15 runs of victory in the final over. However Astle was bowled by Woakes off the second ball, resulting in a deserving win for England.
With the bat, after losing Jason Roy first ball to Tim Southee, England had staged a recovery through Jos Buttler. Two of their batsmen who could have done with some runs in these conditions – Dawid Malan (11 off 15) and Eoin Morgan (10 off 11) – however fell cheaply, both dismissed by Ish Sodhi. But Buttler and Jonny Bairstow first and Sam Billings later gave the innings some impetus, even as New Zealand ended up using eight bowling options.
Brief Scores:England 163/6 (Jos Buttler 73; Ish Sodhi 3-26) beat New Zealand 150 all out (Martin Guptill 41; Mark Wood 4-23, Adil Rashid 3-18) by 13 runs