Australia v India, Champions Trophy warm-up match, Cardiff

Sorry Australia fold for 65

Nagraj Gollapudi in Cardiff

June 4, 2013

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India 308 for 6 (Karthik 146*, Dhoni 91) beat Australia 65 (Yadav 5-18, Ishant 3-11) by 243 runs
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Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni take a break between overs, Australia v India, Champions Trophy warm-up, Cardiff, June 4, 2013
Dhoni and Karthik put on 211 runs for the sixth wicket to effectively take the game away from Australia © Associated Press
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An aggressive all-round display by India, including another match-winning century from Dinesh Karthik and a five-wicket haul from Umesh Yadav, inflicted a stinging 243-run defeat on Australia in the teams' second warm-up match.

Karthik was the batting star of the match, scoring his second consecutive ton in the warm-up fixtures, strengthening his case for a place in India's starting XI in the tournament. "I think he has earned his place in the side and we'll just have to see who misses out when we play against South Africa," MS Dhoni said after the game. "I'd like him to play at the top of the order but we'll [have to wait and] see."

The game was virtually over 54 minutes into the chase, when Australia were reduced to 34 for 6 in the face of some fierce fast bowling from Yadav, who picked up a five-wicket haul in his first, and only, spell of five overs. Yadav, who got married last Wednesday, had joined the Indian squad three days later and had been rested in the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Australia's troubles started in the second over when Matthew Wade, opening ahead of Phillip Hughes, played on while attempting a pull. David Warner's horrific run continued as he went for an expansive stroke against a full delivery that was moving away, only to be caught brilliantly at first slip by R Ashwin. This was Warner's third duck in his last four innings.

In the fifth over, George Bailey misread the line of a Yadav delivery that seamed away and was bowled for 1. Four overs later, Hughes went for an exuberant pull and played on. Mitchell Marsh was unlucky, given caught behind to a delivery that seamed in and flicked his trousers on its way to MS Dhoni. Australia's hopes were extinguished when Shane Watson, who had scored a match-winning century against West Indies, attempted to cut Ishant Sharma and joined the club of Australian batsmen who played on.

India had also found themselves in a similar trap at 55 for 5. That they recovered from that precarious position was solely due to the mature batting between Karthik and Dhoni, whose 211-run partnership powered India's fightback.

Though only one wicket fell to a spinner, the pitch wasn't exactly a grassy, seamer-friendly one. Although it had good bounce and carry, there was not much lateral movement.

Karthik, who hit an unbeaten 106 in the victory against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston, was once again at ease. As he had done with Virat Kohli, during their 185-run stand against Sri Lanka, Karthik shared the workload with Dhoni. One of the major reasons Australia failed to dominate either of the batsmen was because both ran fast between the wickets, and they rotated strike constantly without worrying about the run-rate.

At the start of the batting Powerplay, which Karthik and Dhoni took from the 34th over, India were 137 for 5. They scored another 34 runs during those five overs of field restrictions. While that began the charge, India completely turned the game in the final ten overs, as they smashed 100 runs to muscle the total past 300, a score which looked remote when Karthik and Dhoni first came together.

Dhoni brought up his half-century with a six over long-off against Marsh in the 40th over, and then slapped a flat one-bounce boundary, before a six over the point boundary made it the most expensive over of the match with 22 runs. Under pressure, the Australian bowlers failed to bowl to their fields and erred in their lengths.

Dhoni even pulled out his patented helicopter stroke against James Faulkner for a one-bounce four to midwicket. That took him into the nineties but he was not nervous as he went for a straight hit a couple of deliveries later, but failed to clear Mitchell Johnson at long-off.

His departure did not slow Karthik, who got to his second century in as many matches with a mistimed pull against Mitchell Starc, as the top edge flew over the wicketkeeper for a boundary. But later he hit two spectacular fours: a flick past fine leg followed by a chopped drive against yorker-length deliveries from Starc. Karthik piled on 35 runs from 19 deliveries in the final five overs as India's total swelled to winning proportions.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by alarky on (June 7, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

You see Indian batsmen who could beat fast bowling? Yes, Rohit Sharma and Dahwan! I hope the Indian cricketing authorities do not put any old has-been into this excellent crop of confident and talented young players to upset the apple cart!

Posted by jasonmad on (June 6, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

As an Australian, I didn't mind too much seeing our team fold to Umesh Yadav. I've been a huge fan of his since he toured here in 2011, I think there's a lot about this guy and hope he stays injury-free. Exciting times for Indian cricket :)

Posted by Meety on (June 6, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

@ latecut_04 on (June 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT) - you are right - I did not comment on the Ozzy top order. I won't say they were poor - because that would take away from Yadav's demolision act. I will just say they were d-i-s-s-a-p-o-i-n-t-i-n-g!!!!!!!

Posted by fguy on (June 5, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

yes this was "only a warm up" so i'm not reading too much into this but i can guarantee if the roles were reversed & india were the ones out for a humiliating 65 there would be a lot of people (esp. australian fans & the ever-present SL fans) making fun of India & saying even warm ups are taken seriously by them & see how things are different outside india etc.

if india recovered from 55/5 & fought to make 308 that shows their commitment even in "only a warm up" game. if aus didnt take the game seriously (which i dont buy) that reflects poorly on their attitude.

also where are all the fans that said starc would destroy india?? he alone went for 73 runs which is 8 more than his entire team. this was a neutral venue so they'll have to come up with a different excuse than the usual umpiring/doctored pitches etc

Posted by NP_NY on (June 5, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

@baseball sucks: You know why I love cricinfo's statsguru? Here are some stats for you mate. India-SL win-loss ratio. Last 10 years: 36-22, last 5 years: 24-14, last 2 years: 7-2. India pretty much won almost every series against SL both in India and SL in the last 10 years. Talk about complete dominance!

Posted by NP_NY on (June 5, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks's: India is a mediocre team? Compared to what team(s)? India is currently ranked number 1 and they are the reigning world cup champions. They have particularly dominated your team (SL) during the last decade or so. So the facts seem to be the exact opposite of your comments mate!

Posted by dabhand on (June 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

@randyoz - pretty poor - a new definition of both words.

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