World Cup warm-up: Australia register crushing win against India
India's preparations for the cricket World Cup suffered a jolt as Australia thrashed the defending champions by 106 runs with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner striking blistering centuries in their first warm-up game.WorldCup2015 Updated: Feb 09, 2015 19:33 IST
India's preparations for the cricket World Cup suffered a jolt as Australia thrashed the defending champions by 106 runs with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner striking blistering centuries in their first warm-up game.
Electing to bat at the Adelaide Oval in a match where the two teams used their full 15-member squads, the hosts rode on Warner's 104 and Maxwell's 57-ball 122 to put up a mammoth 371 all out in 50 overs. Warner made his runs off 83 balls.
The hard-hitting Maxwell smashed 11 boundaries and eight towering sixes. Warner found the fence 14 times and cleared it twice.
India were then bowled out for 265 in 45.1 overs to give the hosts another morale-boosting win ahead of the quadrennial event, starting Saturday.
Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for the visiting side with a 52-ball 66, while Shikhar Dhawan (59) and Ambati Rayudu (53) too made half centuries. But their efforts proved to be too less as the rest of the batsmen crumbled in the face of some aggressive bowling by the Aussies on a surface that looked pretty good for batting.
Pacer Pat Cummins was the most successful bowler for Australia as he returned figures of three for 30, while there were two wickets apiece for Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood.
Still in his comeback trail in international cricket following a month-long sabbatical due to a hamstring injury, 33-year-old pace spearhead Johnson had impressive figures of two for 26.
The star-studded Indian batting line-up that includes the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni all failed to impress. So was the case with all-rounder Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja who were also smashed by the Australian batsmen.
It was not just the batsmen but the bowlers too performed badly, leaking too many runs courtesy some wayward bowling in the day-night game.
Earlier, Warner and Maxwell smashed strokeful centuries to help Australia post a daunting total against a hapless Indian bowling attack. Maxwell's stay in the middle came to an end when he retired out.