Both India and Australia have seen too much of each other in the last two-and-a-half months. After the Test series and the tri-series, India and Australia have met once more in the first World Cup warm-up in Adelaide.
After a week’s break, India should have got their things together. But some things don’t change that easy.
The story of the first innings is same as it had been in the whites and in the recently concluded tri-series where India failed to win a single match.
Warner steals opening show
In the World Cup build up, David Warner had said that he would be intimidating to all the bowlers and he showed what he meant. He smashed the first ball of the match for a four and then there was no looking back. He went on to score a magnificent hundred but not in his typical slam-bang way. The 83-ball innings was studded with 14 fours and two sixes. What was different about the innings was all the shots he played were typical cricketing shots. While Australia were three down in the 17th over, Warner continued to play his natural game and kept the run-rate over seven runs per over. When he finally was out, he had laid a perfect platform for Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh to up the tempo in the second half of the innings.
India’s bowling: Short and short of idea’s
This was a warm-up game and India tried as many as eight bowlers. Once again it was Stuart Binny who was given the new ball which proved counter-productive on a flat Adelaide pitch as Warner smashed Indian bowlers to all parts of the park. The others, barring Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin, went for over six runs per over. The short-bowling ploy was in tatter as the Indian bowlers lacked the pace to beat the Australian batsmen. Umesh was the pick of the bowlers while Mohit Sharma, replacement of Ishant Sharma for the World Cup, bowled in the right areas at the start but finished with two for 62 in six overs.
The Indian spinners were also a huge disappointment as the left-arm spin pair of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel were hammered for 66 runs in just seven overs. In trying to experiment the bowlers gave full-tosses and paid the price as Australia piled 371 in just 296 balls.
Maxwell ends it well
Glenn Maxwell retired hurt but not before a 57-ball 122. He never looked troubled by the bowling and played some exceptional shots, one being over deep backward-point after given himself room on a short-pitched delivery. The innings had 11 clean fours and eight in-the-stands sixes. Maxwell arrived at the crease when Australia were 185/4 in the 27th over and when he went back to the pavilion, Australia jumped to 345/7 at the end of the 45th over. Had he been around for the last five overs, the scored would have easily crossed the 400-run mark. He has never scored an international hundred but this innings may just tell us what is to come in the next month-and-a-half from Maxwell.