India opener Rohit Sharma slammed a 36-ball fifty against Australia in the second warmup match here in Dubai. Sharma slammed five fours and two huge sixes in his quick-fire fifty runs knock and looks top notch just ahead of the big match against arch-rival Pakistan. India will begin its T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24, Sunday.
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Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 60 off 41 deliveries before retiring to give some match practice time to young Ishan Kishan, and others. Chasing 153, India was off to a flying start as KL Rahul (39 off 31) and R Sharma added 68 runs for the opening wicket. KL Rahul was dismissed in the tenth over by Ashton Agar while Sharma continued his red-hot form and slammed a 36-ball fifty.
Earlier, opting to bat Australia had a shaky start as they were reduced to 11/3 with David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Mitch Marsh going back cheaply. Steve Smith (57) and G Maxwell (37) resurrected Australia’s innings before Marcus Stoinis (41* off 25) played a handy cameo and helped his side post 152/5. R Ashwin picked up two wickets, while R Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and R Chahar returned with one wicket each.
Virat Kohli-led India will begin its WC T20 campaign with the much-awaited high-tension clash against arch-rival Pakistan on October 24, Sunday in Dubai. Both teams are placed in Super 12 Group 2 alongside New Zealand and Afghanistan with two teams from Group A and Group B yet to be decided.