Mohammed Shami starred with the ball on his return as Team India drowned Australia by six runs in the first warm-up game at the Gabba on Monday, October 17. The veteran pacer recently landed in Australia after being named as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement.
Shami who hasn’t played a T20I game since the previous T20 World Cup was called on to bowl the last over in today’s game. There were concerns about his lack of match practice, but the critics have been silenced.
Shami ended up picking three wickets and only conceded a mere four runs. The last four balls saw as many Australian batters going back to the dugout. Shami was seen hitting the yorker length with ease which will give the Indian fans much relief.
Let’s look at some Twitter reactions:
Just a warm up match but what a dramatic win for India! Shami making a telling impact bowling th e final over to seal Australia’s fate and also silence skeptics
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 17, 2022
Mohammed Shami bowled a world class 20th over. Just brilliant how accurate he was with his bowling, great signs for India ahead of the group matches.
— Syed Aamir Quadri (@aamir28_) October 17, 2022
— MD Sports (@MDSports18) October 17, 2022
Joins the team late.
Directly bowls the 20th over.
Finishes with figures of 1-0-4-3.
Wins the game by 6 runs.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 17, 2022
— Kohlified⚡ (@123perthclassic) October 17, 2022
— Vishal Verma (@VishalVerma_9) October 17, 2022
•Last 4 Balls 4 Wickets ( One Run Out)
•India Gave Only 9 Runs In Last 2 Over And Won Match .
•This Type Of Bowling Attack Gives Us Confidence 🔥
— Prof. Boies 2.0 (@im_Boies45) October 17, 2022
— GUJARAT TITANS (@Gujarat_Titans_) October 17, 2022
2, 2, W, W, W, W
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) October 17, 2022
— Software Monkeys (@softwaremonkey3) October 17, 2022
India humble Australia in first warm-up game
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl. Half-centuries from both KL Rahul and Surya Kumar Yadav powered India to a score of 186-7. Both were striking at over 150+ for the team. Rahul was seen dominating the power play by dispatching balls across the boundary and setting a solid foundation for the team.
From the Aussies, captain Aaron Finch top scored with a sublime 76 runs followed by 35 of 18 balls by Mitchell Marsh. Amongst the Aussies, Kane Richardson picked up 4 wickets for 30 runs in his full quota of overs. Australia lost the match by six runs after being dismissed for 180 runs in this warm-up game.
India will play against New Zealand in the second warm-up game on Wednesday, October 19, before their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.