The first warm-up game between India and Australia is taking place at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday, October 17. India’s middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav took a nasty blow on the helmet.
The star batter got hit on the grill while trying to pull a short ball from the speedster Mitchell Starc. The corner of the helmet was broken but the batter continued to bat after he passed the mandatory concussion test.
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Suryakumar Yadav brought up his 50 off 32 balls with a boundary off Kane Richardson. But he couldn’t contribute much as he departed for a 33-ball 50.
Richardson bowled a slower full toss but he was early into the flick and ended up hitting back to the bowler. Suryakumar smashed six fours and a six and India finished on 186/7 in 20 overs, while batting first.
Suryakumar Yadav has been going through a purple patch with the bat. He had scored hit a fifty in the first practice match against Western Australia XI as well. The Mumbai Indians batter has 1045 runs in 34 T20Is at an impressive average of 38.70 in his kitty. He already has nine half-centuries and a hundred in the T20 format and is currently second, behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, in the T20I batting list as well.
“I’m not expecting to start” – Kane Richardson on his chance of making into Australia’s playing XI
Kane Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowlers, returning with figures of 4/30 in his four overs. Speaking at the mid-innings break, Richardson stated:
“I think it was the first time he missed the middle of the bat against us. He’s one of the best batters in the world at the moment (on Suryakumar Yadav), so it was good taking him. I’m not expecting to start, but if anything happens with form or injury, I could be in, just happy to be out in the middle today.
“The atmosphere is really nice, we’ll go out there and enjoy our stint in the middle, the sun is out and it’s a good batting pitch. Disappointed to play in front of an empty stadium, we usually have it filled for games against India.”