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.

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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.

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 5, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks-Ha ha well said mate.Don't forget India lost last 3 Natwest series continuosly against England in England.So how they can win this CT in England.

Posted by Rajesh_Royal on (June 5, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Vijay back to back poor performance, it would be good to replace murli vijay with parthiv patel. Where parthiv patel performance in IPL6 is good when compared to vijay. Because opener plays key role for good innings. But our top order needs to keep up good going or else dhoni needs to think about top order. Rohit will be a key player to Indian team only when he looses his laziness

Posted by Otuwa on (June 5, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

I can't understand that Indian fans jump in the air for two warmup match wins.That shows how tough to them this CT.They give their hundred present to this warmup matches.But other teams are different.It's sad to see only 3 batsmen are in form.Actually not a team.We can't expect from Karthik's hundreds everytime.Because he starts the series in formly.But surely he is going to flop.Let see what happen to Indian one man army....

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 5, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

@baseball-sucks - Aus have been having an "off day" for the last two years.. LOL.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

@ Harmony111

Point noted, mate.

You are easily one of the highly ranked debaters here. Tough guy to handle :P ! And I'm glad you are from INDIA ;). Personally speaking, I'm your BIG Fan.

And about the imposters - Of course they can't handle your comments. You leave them speechless. Keep posting ! We love reading your comments.

Cheers !

Proud Indian.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 5, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Cool down India fans. As I have said in the past, some SL fans have a weird fetish of Maniacal Indo-Phobia. I wont say they hate India but they have extreme much frustration against India for some reason and are also morbidly fed up & scared of losing to India every time. These two feelings taken together have made these few SL fans develop a phobia vs India yet they can' decouple themselves from this. They have almost become addicted to this maniacal phobia. The excessive phobia paradoxically pulls them towards any news related to India instead of repelling them.

The more India will win the harder it will be for these few SL fans to ignore it and they'd feel compelled to negatively comment on it just to vent out their frustration.

In their dreams, SL are 7 times WC Champs, hold all batting/bowling records and have won home and away every time they've played.

In reality, they are forced to talk of WC96, SJ's 189, Malinga's 4 in 4 & their 4 dozen Finals Losses.

Posted by tanweeralam on (June 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Australia are no more the side they used to be and probably Clarke is the last of the old batch. In there favor I would say the pitch was a tough one with the new ball but as seen in the Indian Safari non of the Aussie batsmen have this attribute. Maybe now there ex-cricketers(read ponting) who still think Australia as world class start realizing where the team stands.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 5, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

@Munaf Patel ; Its just Aussies had an off day yesterday. So don't be so overconfident. LOL And the result of this match is no way close to the thrashing India received from Sri Lanka in UAE. India were all out for 54 runs ( LOL ) while chasing 290+ . Now , that's what i call grand scale butt kicking. G'luck !!!!

Posted by alarky on (June 5, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Congats India! It's a long time that the youthful talented Indians wanted to show the world what mettle they are made of, without being intimidated by the presence of overrated has beens. I back India to do well whenever their young players have the freedom to perform without the burden of so called seniority intimidation! The guys are talented and they need to be left alone! They have proven their ability before. You remember what they did to England in India, just after only Rahul Dravid showed any resistence against the same England, when they whitewashed India in England?

Posted by Narabavi on (June 5, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Dhoni knows what's gonna happen to them in the main event.So he decided to give their 100% in these warm ups.That's why he send Kohli at no.3 again.& didn't give decent chance Jadeja & Irfan. Playing 150's in warm ups is totally useless.If u look at the Ausies, Watson came at no.7 to give others a chance.I hope England will give normal English pitches to the tournament.

Posted by Shank2013 on (June 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Posted By Shank

I think India has played well and I agree with Pavinasen. Performing on the day is important. I think IND, NZ, ENG have chances to make thru semis of CT. Good job by Indian Seamers...if they continue to do the good job, India have more chances. Indian batting is good.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

SL loosing pathetically to India was a foregone conclusion even if it was just a warm up game . SL has lost 90% of ODI series played with India . They have one series when compared to 13 series losses. SL lost badly to India in 1999, 2003, and 2011 (finals) World cup matches and their only notable win in World cup was 1996 semifinal vs India. Otherwise SL are expected to loose and they rarely disappoint and are consistent in that sense. What surprises me is Australia crumbling so badly. Agreed it was a warm up game but 65 is just wow ( as in pathetic wow).

Posted by surajporeddy on (June 5, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

@baseball I think you have gone mad after yesterdays result. SL lost to WI and IND thrashing AUS. And world no.1 odi team is a mediocre one and a team which cant defend 300+ and cant chase even 290 is better than India??? You are kidding. I also think it is better to conduct a qualifier in which SL should play. Bangladesh would have come to CT instead of SL. SL always plays in easier groups and wins against mediocre teams like NZ, ENG. SL cant reach finals because no chance to face NZ in semis

Posted by realfan on (June 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks : it was a awsome sight for me when MALINGA was getting hammered by WI all over the park, now i got why malinga dint bowl to india.... as you said , its just a warm up match, our top order was doing just that.... and you just saw how our bowlers warm up ( against AUS ) .. now do you want to see how they play real games???? better save you eyes for that....pray for srilanka not to meet india again in this tournament ( of-course srilanka cant progress any further )....you already know the result....

Posted by Pavinasen on (June 5, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Baseball-Sucks,are you serious.I think your are joking or are you a joke.You don't seem to have any clue in analysing the game,hence shooting from the hip up.I will give you credit for your 1/2 cents worth as this stirs healthy debates.You may not be blessed in knowing this, but I thought I owe you one .

On another note MSD don't stick with failures like in the IPL.You won't have time to recover with 1 or 2 flop players.Give them the chop early. Otherwise your team have match winners.You play your best cricket when the opposition is strong, after all you are the world champions.

Baseball stick to baseball or else you embarrass yourself.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (June 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Thank you for following all team india matches including ipl. As a Srilankan supporter you do have a great sense of humor and you do entertain us in this forum. Wish Islanders could learn something and perform just by reading your optimistic comments. On every occasion your team has let you down and i see no difference this time too in Champions Trophy. Being a minnow and part of a weak group makes your team look like a competitor but i guess English and Aussies are too strong to even let your team slip through their radar. Not to forget Kiwis are in form of their life and Lanka might end up at the bottom of the pool. Wishing you all the best and early exit. Sincerely an annoyed fan!

Posted by realfan on (June 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

first, i have to give credits to DK, for him to have succeeded in securing his place in ODI for another year or so, atleast until WC 2015....it was a gem of innings ( both actually ) but unfortunately they wont be recorded in his ODI status...and lest not talk about dhoni, he is master in changing the momentum of the match....

dhoni said he would like to see DK batting up the order, so does that mean either vijay or dhawan axed and DK opening with the remains of both??? and what will happen to RO(NO)HT sharma???

take out vijay and rohit, open with DK and bring in extra bowler in place of rohit( i am sure bowlers will score more than rohit )....

Posted by champ1388 on (June 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

@baseball sucks..who is the number ODI team in the world? who thrashed SL in world cup? who thrashed SL in their home soil in all the one dayers? hahaha

Posted by Bangla_Low_team on (June 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Hardly any crowd I can see in the photos :) very popular sport Cricket :)

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks

If India is mediocre team can you please explain abt your Sri Lankan team which has become a punching bag for India since 2008-09 ??

I wont be surprised if you come up with a conspiracy theory.

as an Indian fan I like ur Lankan team with the likes of Ranathunga,Adesilva,Vass, Murali.and present crop of Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan etc..

Be Brutally honest mate

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 5, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

To be brutally honest, India is an ordinary team that comprises 11 players who struggle a lot with the pace as well as the bounce. But the hype around this mediocre team is off the roof. LOL Its beyond insane even to think that they will make it to the semis let alone winning the trophy. Their top order is very consistent in failing in every match. lol Its a waste of time to talk about their bowling department, must be the worst bowling attack in the word. Even Nepal or Hong Kong or USA can muster a far better bowling unit with their limited resources. Their past records in England are disgraceful. They have won only 3 matches outta 12 past matches in England. I think Bangladesh deserve to take the India's place in the CT. Dhawan has proved that he is a one match wonder FTB. So He is as good as flop Vijay. LOL. And Raina gets the middle stump uprooted behind his legs. Rohit Sharma is going Nohit Sharma as usual. DK is gonna be a failure as we've seen in the IPL. G'luck !!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

@Everyone:

Pls beware of imposters using names very similar to mine. In the past too I have seen such imposters and here too I have seen two guys with very similar monikers to mine. I must've become a bit popular here or maybe some ppl have an axe to grind against me but can't do much except this.

@Valavan:

I think no Indian fan is reading too much into this warm up match win. They are not saying they have already won the CT, are they? Almost all of them have said that India would obviously need to do well in the actual matches but the omens are good as of now.

Warm up matches are not official ones but it does not mean they have no imp. If that was so, why bother playing them at all? Warm up matches are meant to test your various team components. If while testing you fail you learn something you should not have done and if while testing you get excellent results you learn that you have found a great way of doing things and so you keep it in mind for the actual matches.

Posted by Pavinasen on (June 5, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

I am not one finding solace for losses on the ticket of warmups.Practice makes perfect.I doubt any international team would be putting up a below par preformance in warm up matches.On the contrary they would be doing everything to ensure that they have the team proper before the actual games that count.What about confidence denters,previous stigmas ,so loosing these matches really puts you on the back foot

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

But I guess India,PAK, AUS,NZ can make to semis . ENG wont make due to injury concerns and lack of their bowling depth . SA wont make due to inexperience. Suddenly they look bit fragile . No idea why not SL . But expecting them to win ENG,NZ in ENG is bit more. WI are highly inconsistent. Their batsmen are good only for T20s. But in ODIs, one or two quick wickets can suddenly push them on backfoot.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

No need to look too much into warmups. Australia got their worst nightmare luckily in warmups and India are bit encouraged and can feel confident that they can win in alien conditions. Especially winning AUS in English conditions is a special even though it is a warmup . But apart from that , India has to look those matches only for team selection from the squad . My playing XI would be Vijay,Dhawan, Virat,Dinesh,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Umesh,Ishanth . Before that warmup i would have ignored umesh or ishant to bring pathan in . but cant ignore both bowlers who have taken 5 and 3 wickets. so both shud be in. Pathan can be brought in for jadeja for PAK's match alone bcos they are not good players of pace bowling .India can field a 4 pace attack against them . But against SA and WI, I will field 3 pace, 2 spin only. Dhoni should come above Raina due to former's form and latter's lack of form.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Why does Dhoni want him at the top of the order? If Kartick has earned his place as Dhoni says, let him be at the level he has performed at least to start with. Let not Dhoni change his position and make him fail yet again. If Kartick fails in this tournament, I am sure he is permanently out of the Indian team.

Posted by Valavan on (June 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

I think Australia got an eye opener. Just what they required in a warm up, so they can get better for the real tournament. Predicting from a warm up sounds childish. Indian fans trying to read too much from a warm up. It will be interesting to see Dinesh karthik and Umesh Yadav, if at all they replicate their form from tomorrow. If they do, India are better prepared, If they dont, then it means Australia was just warming up against India. Warm up winners are - India, West indies and Pakistan, Can they replicate it in tournament, if they do replicate, then they are in the same group that includes SA, two teams will anyway crash out . One or two among the above 3 will crash out. there is the reality. Lets see how the tournament pans out from tomorrow. Performing in the stage is what matters than the dress rehearsal. cricinfo please publish

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 5, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

@Rajan Nagarajan I think even after a stupendous performance from India and u being an Indian fan, if u cant even say India has a good chance to make it to Semi's it is extreme pessimism.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 5, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - As you keep saying "It's just a warmup game" and Raina was doing just that - WARMING UP. :D Now wouldn't he be disappointed about not being able to feast on the Sri Lankan bowlers in the main event? :P

Posted by azizsab on (June 5, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Hmmm Lets c... When Pakistan beats South Africa its just a practice match so any good performance doesnt count as it is a non serious match ..

Fast Forward India beats Australia Suddenly it becomes so much more relevent..

Am I being too sarcastic or Cricinfo editors are being biased...?

Posted by ramli on (June 5, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Dinesh Karthik performed woefully in SL test series in SL when MSD absented himself ... if he had shown glimpses of promise he could have edged out MSD at least in tests ... missed opportunities ... DK can rue himself for that ... otherwise MSD is way ahead of DK in all aspects ... any comparison is an insult to cricket logic

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Definitely India Will Be Out... LoL.. This is a warm up game.. who cares....

Posted by Fijicricket on (June 5, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

I almost fell off the chair laughing when Hafeez got out. The ball hit the middle stump behind his legs. LOL What a bunch of club cricketers. Top order or lets say flop order failed again. LOL. I predict Pakistan to end up at the bottom of the Group B. G'luck !!!!

Posted by Big-Dog on (June 5, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

No real Australian fan would be suprised by this result. The australian selectors continue to pick fringe & out of form players like Marsh, Johnston, Warner & Hughes. Australia can just expect more humiliation.

Posted by Fijicricket on (June 5, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: If you call Indian team , the current world champions a bunch of club cricketers, what would you term those who were beaten by these club cricketers? And what term do you use for teams like Pakistan that has NEVER beaten India in a world cup?

Posted by MichaelBurton on (June 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

@ Lijo Podikunju: Had Umesh played in the SL match, he wouldn't have restricted the SL score as you say.Compare the bowling figures of Buvi and Ishant in the 2 matches. Buvi 8-0-58-1 (against SL) 8-1-18-0 (against Aus), Ishant 6-0-41-1 (aganist SL) 5-0-11-3 (against Aus)

So, statistically he would have 8-0-90-2 (i.e. considering the rate of changes of the other 2). But, realistically he would have 10-0-61-2.

Posted by heretic on (June 5, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Come on INDIA, keep it up...all the way...touche to all the naysayers!!!

Posted by SaadRocx on (June 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

*Claps 4 india* they did really well...still cant believe on my eyes...aus...65 all out lol :o?really?really?really? (pak fan).

Posted by MeeraMohiddin on (June 5, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Good to see Keepers making shine in warm up match :)

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 5, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: If you call Indian team a bunch of club cricketers, what would you term those who were beaten by these club cricketers? Clubbed cricketers!

Posted by prasankumar on (June 5, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

INDIA did it once again to prove they are strongest team in the world!! Dhoni will lift the CT For sure!! My Playing XI: Rohit, dhawan, kohli, dinesh, raina, dhoni, I Pathan, Ashwin, jaddu, B kumar, yadav, I sharma (12th man)

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 5, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

I almost fell off the chair laughing when Raina got out. The ball hit the middle stump behind his legs. LOL What a bunch of club cricketers. Top order or lets say flop order failed again. LOL. I predict India to end up at the bottom of the Group B. G'luck !!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (June 5, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

its true that Indian played good cricket and won ..its also true that indian record against Australia is good in recent years..but over all Australia were top on india... but its true that India humiliated srilanka..also India humiliated srilankan for last 10 years. Also in world cup final to 1-8 home loss to srilanka..and also if we go thru overall record srilanka is no comparison to India... with all these records ..how one can agree that srilanka is better than India !!!!!!!!

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Karthik finally seems to carry his domestic form into international matches. I hope he continues this into the actual tournament and cements his place in the playing XI for some time to come.

So it is now between Rohit and Vijay in the playing 11. If you look at their relative form, Vijay easily beats Rohit into the 11. But if you look at their absolute form, neither of them deserve to be playing even though Vijay was unlucky to have been wrongly given out. It becomes even more important considering the fact that our top order failed in both the innings. We cannot always expect Karthik or Dhoni to rescue, we need to have some decent contributions from the top 4.

This appears to be our best chance to lift the trophy. Aussie's and England's morale is down, SA is playing a weak team and India is jolly well capable of beating all other teams. May be, Pakistan is a threat because of their superior bowling.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 5, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Why the Indian pessimism? I would imagine that the fans appreciate that winning big in a warm-up is one thing. Winning when it counts is another. Of the 8 teams their win/loss record in England over the last 10 years is by far the worst (W5 L10 T1). The best is, surprisingly, New Zealand (W10 L2), followed by Sri Lana (W8 L4) and then Australia (W18 L12) and West Indies (W8 L8).

Past record counts for little when the chips are down, but it does state that India and Pakistan (W7 L9) need to improve substantially on their past form in England if they are to win the tournament.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

A win is definitely a moral boost for India, but still there r worries like form of raina & poor opening pair !!! Gud to see Umesh getting wkt, he is the key bowler here. I think team is almost final here- only doubt is about opening pair- dhawan-vijay or dhawan-rohit... m sure kartikh will not open he will bat at 5

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 5, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Warm up match SL vs India:

SL bat first, two set batsmen retire to give practice to others. SL score 334. India, who had barely finished IPL, bat second, are in a tough position yet chase 334 down in 3rd gear, with no real extra effort.

SL fans complain, give excuses, say pitch was flat, Malinga did not play blah blah.

***FACT ==> SL LOST***

Warm up match SL vs WI:

WI bat first, two set batsmen retire to give practice to others. WI score 297, which is much less than 334. SL, who have already been in Eng for many days are must be fully acclimatized, bat second, are never in a position to win, fail to chase even 297 even with full effort.

SL fans will complain the target was too big, will give excuse that this was just a warm up match blah blah.

***FACT ==> SL LOST***AGAIN***

This was just like WC Final vs WT20 Final. What India did with ease SL couldn't come close with all their effort.

But still, one has to admit that SL are a MUCH MUCH better team than India. :-D

Posted by vijayajith on (June 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

bring karthik in place of rohit in playing 11

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (June 5, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

@Milhouse, being English i assumed you had a reasonable command of the English language, apologies for my oversight on that assumption. I wrote ALLROUND clinical performance. At 5-55 one would assume Australia were on top and the Indian top order had failed, then a match winning partnership put paid to that idea. Can you define covering over the cracks? Don't recall commending Australia or making excuses for their performance.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 5, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

AT LONG LAST......the reverse of what we normally see has happened. A few days ago I mentioned that India needed one of the pacers to lead the attack in the absence of Zaks. Umesh stepped up yesterday. The captain should have confidence in him now. The spinners wont enjoy as much success as the pacers in this tournament. Pace bowlers are very few in India and thats the reason why we are not number 1. Batsman are there in numbers.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

I agree with Irfan as a opener.... My team will be Irfan, Dhawan, Kohli, Karthik, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Aswin, Umesh, kumar, Ishant.....

Irfan has the better technique than vijay and has the experience. please don't send karthik as a opener.... He is 4 or 5 for me..... Each and every match is very important in CT .. Dont take chance on vijay and Rohit... Irfan can be a handy bowler.... thanks

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Ajinkya Rahane seems to have been let down by everyone including the fans.Failures of Vijay and Raina were expected and he should have opened along with Dhawan/DK.Noone seems to mention this.when will Rahane ever get his due....

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

MOHD. ASIFUL HAQUE: Generally our players play the practice matches seriously and real matches like practice matches. Let us wait and see whether they qualify for SF.

XYLO: The same line Sunil Gavaskar said yesterday. Whether it is Vijay or Rohit, nothing is going to happen. The scoreline reads 0/1 in the first over. Against the WI match, probably they will survive one more over.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

I think Rohit and bijoy both player not good for batting in England condition.India should play without this two.My expected Squad:Dawan,Kartik,koheli,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Irfan,ashuwin,buvanasshor,Ishanth,Jadov. This is the best squat in England Condition.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

warmup ok real thing yet to start beware

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

NRAYC BONG: Actually he was miserably failed in one ODI series between Ind and SL in SL (may be in the year 2009). In all the five innings he got out cheaply, out of which two times got out due to bad umpiring decision (Kumar Dharmasena). Thereafter Karthik was shown the door. He was the main reason for India's 1-0 test series win in England in the year 2007. In the 2006 series with SA in SA, though India lost 2-1 to SA, he was the leading run scorer for India. The selectors without taking into account of his performances in outside India, thrown out him because of one failure, that too in sub-continent pitches. But when you compare his wicket keeping with Dhoni, Dhoni is a better keeper.

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 5, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

IND in now good form.So they are going to take very easily for next matches.It's very dangerous sign.SA lost badly against PAk.So they do home work seriously.So next game is going to be hard game for India.

Posted by AKS286 on (June 5, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

First of all M.Vijay was not out wrong decision by umpire. 65 all out good practice by Australians. No flat track, no spin track, Aus are poor against spin & Pace bowling too. It is better to accept your failure and try to improve it rather than to blame and come up with excuses. Australia flops in every format. @Front_Foot_Lunge Good comments by you as usual. If Lyon was on that match the result is 65 all out India LoL. Aus strongly criticizes the pitches in which Eng won comfortably. They said Ind is flat track hero but what about Cardiff ? now what to blame & what are the excuses from Aus? Kindly tell us Front_Foot_Lunge. Change the law immediately Australia.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 5, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

What happened to all the vultures circling the england article of a few days back? Back to your shell eh?

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

"Mitchell Marsh was unlucky, given caught behind to a delivery that seamed in and flicked his trousers on its way to MS Dhoni" - I think the snick replays confirmed he edged it.. Probably this needs to be corrected..

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 5, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

not paying too much heed to this win for Ind coz the real match performance matters,this match can be used as confidence booster.opening slot is a worry for IND,they shud sort it out as early as they cud,bowlers shud hold their nerve and bowl according to the plan,seamers shud bowl with full effort and pace as english conditions are their to take care of the rest....Aus are terrific and they are gong to dismantle teams in real matches im sure....coz they carry the famous "AUSSIE CHARACTER"......

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

As i said after the result of first match itself, not reading too much into a warm match's stats/result.This would be surely helpful in finding a better team combo for teams. But this kind of school-kid effort from Australia is alarming even in a warm-up match.Hope they perform to their history and potential for the betterment of the tournament.

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 5, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

@Jadejafan-This was warm up match mate.You can't say we can win easily by CT.Because this wasn't our bowlers talent.This was Aus's batsmen weakness.Our bowling is the most ordinary lineup in this CT.

Posted by ramli on (June 5, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Why this pessimism among India fans despite winning ... practice matches certainly indicate form, preparedness, fitness, attitude, etc ... they may not care about the result but nobody performs below par just because it is a practice match ... so all credit to good performers ... at least the signs are bright for Indian campaign ... all the best

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

@Meety--Agree completely with your comments about Yadav.I expect a lot from him especially in SA.You seem to have let off Aus top order for their showing.They must have seen Ind struggling till 25th over and piling on runs by keeping wickets in hand in the(whichever wickets were left..i mean).Is Wade going to be the permanent opener.I think Watto being the best (especially since Clarke seems doubtful due to injuries)should get maximum deliveries with the responsibility of playing anchor role.Also inability to knock off wickets at the death needs to be addressed.Sure this is practice and won't be repeated but lessons need to be learnt..i had picked Aus as the CT winner in my earlier predictions and till now other than Watto and opening bowlers nothing has gone well...Yadav and Bhuvi have lived up to my predictions but unless Ishant carries this form to the business leg we can't have much confidence in India.But if batsmen oblige like Aus did yesterday it would be another matter!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 5, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Dropping Raina for Karthik and playing 4 seamers - Umesh, Ishant, VK & BK will not be a bad tactics. Keep Rohit for one more chance as he is better than Raina is fast pitches. Also dropping Murali Vijay and play Karthik as an opener will be a good idea.

Posted by srinideva on (June 5, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

please be fair before making any statement, r sharma scored 9 single digit scores in his last 11 innings...

Posted by ana_ibrahim on (June 5, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

It is ironic five out of four teams who can favourite to qualify for semi, are placed in the same group. One is the best all round side (SA), One is the best batting unit (India), one is the best bowling attack (Pak) and one has exicting team (WI). Wherease in other group none of the team possesses same amount quality, most the team have bit and pieces cricketers.

Posted by wolf777 on (June 5, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Why Pujara is not there and Nohit Shrama is playing every game?

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

a win is a win. i don't understand people cribbing about it being warm up games. then why have them in the first place. can get used to the conditions by practising in the nets and playing against a local club or county team. why pit international teams against each other. there is some significance attached to these practise games. be fair to the indian team. while the top order has failed and is a cause for concern, the lower middle order has bailed india out brilliantly. we've seen in the past, from a 30/4 or 40/5 position, india ending up with mid totals like 150 all out or 190 all out. that dhoni and karthik have played well and taken india to winning positions augurs well for the team. common people, be fair.

Posted by farkin on (June 5, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

what a bad joke this batting line up is on Australia

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 5, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

I am kind of surprised at the luke warm reaction towards Aussie performance by AUSSIE supporters.I am not going ga-ga over the result of a practice match and definitely don't read much into the result BUT would look at the "PRACTICE" players had in the match.Have Aus got a settled XI or a 15 based on this performance.Other than the bowlers noone really did get any 'practice'.Also despite picking 5 wickets within 60 runs allowing the opposition to score over 300 shouild be a worry.A spinner definitely should play.Also what does this say about Warner boy.I have repeatedly questioned the logic of playing him in England in Ashes but based on his tentaive batting against India he doesn't seem good to be selected against any team.Much better bowlers await him with the new ball in CT and Ashes.Losing any match by 243 runs is just unacceptable for the proud Aussies and the comments like the ones made by OneEyedAussie just reflect a 'don't care' attitude by the fans towards Aussie showing..

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 5, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

@ Anand Palwankar So according to you there was no swing. India were 55-5 and Aussies bundeled out for 65. LOL!

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

QUALITY FAST BOWLING . this is the only way of winning on foreign soil, spin is india's strength everyone knows it, but " be like roman when you are in rome" when we are playing on pacy and bouncy tracks how can we depend on spin, same mistake done by clarke in india . he trusted on their fastbowlers, on indian dead tracks where indian spinners stole complete show. we have good raw fast bowlers we should encourage them in all departments like saving fitness, alloting a fast bowling legend as bowling coach. honestly saying after KAPIL, AND SRINATH no bowler scared the opposition batsmen. in even spin teams are thinking by watching our frontline spinners ." ok he is the best spinner in india," not for us . no veraity nothing for spinners in abroad conditions they are getting wickets after bowling 25 to 30 overs .umesh had good futue save fitness , become like allan,malcolm line and length along with good pace like 145.. good luck..

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

No wonder Australian Team is in sleep mode. Sleeping tiger is also scary. Having said that, Indian team with 3 quick bowlers will definitely have an impact in England.

Posted by Tharunnira on (June 5, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

@Steve Back, what do you mean by ' Titans'?

Posted by Meety on (June 5, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

Well its one of those games where I now regret having gone to bed (went at India 5/61)! LOL! I was taking wickets really well & was going to write a comment along the lines of "Thanks Indian batsmen for nothing - now most of our batsmen won't get any practise at all!" Now I have to rephrase that to "Thanks YADAV for nothing - now most of our batsmen won't get any practise at all" Good thing we Ozzys have fairly thick skins, we survived getting our butts handed to us by SL @ the Gabba - we'll survive this. Actually I would like to thank Yadav - as surely this won't happen in a real game! == == == I know Yadav was a bit erratic in the Oz tests, but he was obviously a great find for India back then. I hope his injuries are behind him, & I hope he doesn't get married again & play us just after the wedding! == == == Bailey the player has grown on me - but Bailey the captain hasn't.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

This champions trophy is very open and you cant tell who is favorite because its the question of consistency and temperament. But being an indian, i strongly would want india to win but still each team can be devastating on its day nad each player has a match winner in their team who can take on anybody on their day. Also the pitch and atmosphere will play its part. Nevertheless, my favs Eng, NZ, SA, PAK and AUS.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

After reading all these comments I am feeling very disappointed as yet most of the comment makers not showing matureness enough yet b4 making comments. Please dont get exited after 2 warm-up games. It is a simple tactic all overseas teams usually playes against India specially. They gave us relatively flat tracks for warm-up matches. They did exactely same things in 2010 T20 World Cup in England. Remember that time also we won warm-up matches like we were Emperor of cricket. Then real tournament started and sudden we got swinging tracks and we fumbled. Here also I am watching same thing. This is the start of English season means all tracks are fresh. Have anybody saw any swing in 2 warm-up matches ? Even all experts were suprised not seeing any swing from any pace bowler against India. And India won 2 warm-up matches. Please dont get exited. Real track is yet to come out. I am not critising Karthik but he should not feel relaxed as no these tons are official. Beware India

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Play Irfan as a batsman and drop vijay and that absolutely useless rohit sharma.

Posted by pradip1127 on (June 5, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Rohit and Raina is like Chris Ronaldo and Messi. They scoring lots of goals for their respective CLUB but when comes to play for country they are not scoring single goal. Same with Rain and Rohit they had score lots of runs for CSK and MI respectively . Hope they will come with runs for upcoming matches. IF they want to learn from mistake.

My three Team is: ENG,IND,SA.

Posted by Narabavi on (June 5, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Top order batting a worry, big wins in warm-ups mean nothing !

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

hmm good performance by the Indians...but I dnt think practice Matches give any indications towards the winner of ICC Champions!. well according to Current Stats India , South Africa could be possible towards to the Semis .but who never know that Strong Pakistan and great West Indies Could also be Selected regardless of their Popularity. But they are very Talented teams!.So dnt make predictions Now. we have to wait and see the Results. in other Group lots of people expect that England and Australia Could make thought to the Semis. But Who never Knows Sri Lanka and Zew Zealand Could be go thought to the Semis..i have a gut feeling that Zew Zealand Could be a very promising Team here. Sri Lanka is having vary strong Batting Line up.According to my View Each of the Eight teams have Equal opportunity to claim the Winner title No matter the Lost of this practice Match i believe Australia Could be a very Competitive Side in the Official Matches! Cheers to All the Teams!!

Posted by warun_sharma on (June 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

AUS - Batting Failed , SL - Bowling Failed , IND - Top order bating failed & bowling not sure , SA - Bowling failed ( Ireland also got 250 odd runs) , ENG - both failed , NZ in good form , WI in good form but PAK is in tremendous form !!!

my semis - PAK vs SL & NZ vs WI

Posted by MeijiMura on (June 5, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

I understand this was a warm-up game, but how ironic the ICC limited the Champions Trophy to the top eight cricketing nations in the world to avoid such farces as the outcome of this match. How embarrassing!

Posted by TATTUs on (June 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Dinesh Karthick should have been our wicket keeper in tests for the last 2 years. Srinivasan has been saving Dhoni for a bit too long.

Posted by warun_sharma on (June 5, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Guys, there is no need to panic , see the big pitcher, we are in danger because only DK,Dhoni & Kholi in form , in Kholi's case he always got runs against SL but he failed this match , top order failed , look yadev is unpredictable player, some day he get wickets that day he get 3 or 4 for sure but most of days he got hammered & these are the practice matches & all 15 can play we can't get actual from this , looking to the sides PAK having good chances to win the trophy , If top order failed like this in original matches we will not get semis for sure.......

Posted by shortsillypoint on (June 5, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Greatest_Game - shhh - let NZ sneak up on these great teams without notice or fanfare. They seem to be surprised every ODI tournament -then forget again?

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

For the last 18 months Dinesh Karthik has been in compelling form .Even when TN did not qualify for the limited overs trophy , Karthik's performance stood out . He is technically superior to players like Dhawan,Raina ,Kohli and Rohit . The Indian think tank has to reassess their plan for the SA tour and include Dinesh Karthik in the test team to make use of his glorious form .

Posted by Narbavi on (June 5, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

Rohit Sharma out, Dinesh Karthik in, that's the way to go, i can see some are calling for vijay's head, but come on yesterday he wasn't out actually and the thing is Vijay has barely played 10 odi's for india, he deserves a go ahead of Rohit simply because Rohit has been given enough number of chances, atleast vijay did well in tests vs Australia and is a proper opener, so time to give him a go and not fall back again on Rohit sharma

Posted by ThilankaK on (June 5, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

these are just warm up matches ! if SL wants win the match they should have send Chandimal in , he field also & he got a catch he has every rights to bat but since he is in good form SL not send him & send bowler to practice ! Look these matches all 15 can bat or ball , but looking to Indian win, DK, Dhoni & Kholi got runs & he is in form but others failed !!! yes we all know about yadev, one day he may get wickets but most of days he got hammered ( look at his records ) this is big worry for indian fans !!! THIS TIME MY CHAMPIONS IS PAKISTAN - SL fan

Posted by Haiphong on (June 5, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

I'm not sure who I am more sick off... Warner AND Hughes or the Aussie Selectors for continuing to retain them. How many failures are they entitled to??? Such conviction on the "potential" of 2 guys who keep failing when many others have been axed or benched for much less. After the thrashing by India I didn't harbor much hope for the Ashes except for the promise of our bowlers keeping us competitive in the series. But after the last two warm-up games, seeing that the selectors appear to be fixated on keeping two guys who absolutely do not belong in the side, I can't help but think it will turn out to be another series full of embarassment.

Posted by mg_asim on (June 5, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

lol. Pak,Ind & Sri Linka are favorite for ICT cup......what is this....I thought Pak cannot win even warm-up match, but situation is opposite.........totally unexpected

Posted by JaDeD_INDIAN on (June 5, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Just a warm up game and we shouldn't let it get to our heads. I hope everyone saw Dhoni's speech at presentation and he was calm about it and we should also be like that because the top order hasn't performed and we depend on a good start.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

In Group A: Srilanka and Newzealand will go to the semifinal, In Group B: it is quiet difficult to say among Pak,Ind and W.I only 2 teams will go to semifinals...Pak & W.I(full of surprises)...S.A(chokers), India(rusty and blunt bowling attack, accompanied by part timers)..I dont know why people underestimate W.I..With a good pace attack followed by a deadly spinner(sunil Narine) W.I is also favourites in the tournament..They should be more focused on their batting as they have also inconsistent batting line-up as Pak have...

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (June 5, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Captaining India cannot be an easy job. MS Dhoni is one of the true superstars of International cricket... A quiet, self effacing, well mannered yet steely man who sets the highest example to youngsters the world over to follow.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Karthik78, perhaps you shouldn't be so harsh in distinguishing between 'specialist' and 'wicketkeeper' batsmen. We have two specialist batsmen in our wicketkeepers. And hell, do I need to say about where Dhoni stands as an ODI batsman!

Posted by RodStark on (June 5, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Trying to pick a winner for the Champion'd trophy is kind of a lottery right now. England: Looking awful against NZ. Top order too slow and not much real batting depth. May be ok if both Broad and Finn return. Australia: Well, doubts about Clarke, and just look at the performance against India. South Africa: Missing Smith and Kallis. Now de Villiers has injury doubts. Tendency to choke. India: Can hardly be favored in English conditions, and top order looking weak. So if those four are "wobbling", it leaves the less favored teams--Pakistan, NZ, SL, and WI with a decent chance. Really, anyone could win, and it should be kind of exciting, though it won't prove much about which is really the "best" team.

Posted by Kadmin on (June 5, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Can't imagine how serious was this match to india, as they telecast live. Everybody would like to jump out and bag any team on the warmup performances, mind them that the real thing hasn't started yet. My speculation will be, whoever the team got beaten and have the power to rectify them in a short turnaround will go all the way through.

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (June 5, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Poor Karthik. He doesn't know if he scores heaps of hundreds or play well can not possible to retain the spot in Indian team. Match winner can not be retain their place by scoring runs in Indian team. He should loyal to our captain or he should not selfish or many people should tell he is great batsmen(Like Rohith). DK scored many times in India or abroad before. He was MOM in SA of our first T20. He played well as opener in test series Against Eng in England. He played well in Asia cup in Srilanka. But he lost his place in Indian team. But Rohit does not done half of above MENTIONED thing but he constantly Retained his place in Indian team after our successful WC campaign.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

wow ashes is going to e close... if you know what I mean

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (June 5, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

I have to question whether Australia has learned anything since the 4-0 defeat they suffered last English summer. The bulk of that chase should have been achieved in the last thirty overs (200 runs or so) which means Australia should have been looking to be 1-2 wickets down for ~100 after 20 overs. Preserving wickets early is more crucial than a handful of risky runs. But again, lots of batsmen dismissed to cross bat shots in the early overs i.e. poor shot selection. At 5 down for less than 60 in these conditions, India should not have won this game but for the very poor Australian performance.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (June 5, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Not a doctored spinners pitch in sight. WE were beaten on our own seam-friendly pitch.

Posted by dalboy12 on (June 5, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

This is a practice game - so in regards to the tournament it means nothing.

What it does show is the tournament is going to be very close, on their day any team is capable of beating any other team. So it's going to be very close and interesting couple of weeks cricket.

Shame SA is getting so hit with injuries. Even though I'm a Kiwi, at tournaments like this you like to see the worlds best playing.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

All said and done a win is a win. Congrats to the Indian Team for their effort. Its indeed morale boosting. If the openers too can fire then God be with their opponents.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

One suggestion to OZ: Allow Johnson & Watson to play wearing their IPL Jerseys. And see the difference.

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (June 5, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 4, 2013, 20:22 GMT) Weakest top order -- did you mean India or Australia? Even as an Indian supporter, on current form, I think our top order definitely has claim to be the weakest.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Though India performed well, we should not read too much into these warm up matches. There are question marks about the opening batsmen; both of whom are not yet comfortable. Whenever the openers had done well, Indian had done well. And vice versa.

One thing is for sure. It will be foolish NOT to have Karthick in the playing XI

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

Some Oz commentator on the rueful down under series said - Warner is the next Sehwag in making. If not better than him. All fizzled out to a walking wicket so early into the career. I would like to see him dance more on subcontinent wickets. Sad Murali is retired, we would have seen a true moon walk around the crease !

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 5, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Well, I said after watching dhoni and karthik dominate... That any score under 290 would be an absolutely terrible effort. Australia, you're getting harder and harder to support! This pitch was an absolute batters paradise. No seam or swing, and good carry and bounce, there was a little spin, however, all our wickets were because of pace so that's not an excuse. Absolutely horrific batting. Only George Bailey can say he got a good ball, the rest were just.... Terrible. What were there, four or five chop on's? I had to laugh at Shane watson's dismissal... as I had spent time on some other threads listing his batting flaws and people actually argued with me.... One even said he was better than king Kallis! LOL!

I had even said that in another thread that our ODI batting line up was far better than our test line up with more continuity and was one of the best in the world. Well if this line up is one of the best in the world than I worry about the future of cricket.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

Over-Runs : 35-9, 36-6, 37-13, 38-4, 39-9, 40-22, 41-6, 42-14, 43-14, 44-10, 45-5, 46-9, 47-9, 48-17, 49-11, 50-11.... 162 Runs in the last 16 Overs @ 10 R.P.O. What a class Act by DK & MSD (and I was actually calculating on e pice of paper).

It is a pity & unfortunate that DK's career has been contemporary with MSD. Else he would have been the 2nd best WK Batsmen performing for Team India during the last decade. I feel bad for him that he has never got the chance like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, Uthapa, and for that matter even players like Yusuf Pathan & Irfan. We are really happy for DK. I hope he does well and remains in the Team for the next few years. Well done DK.

Posted by Fijicricket on (June 5, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

If the same match and the same pitch and same conditions was played in INDIA, cries of foul, doctored pith, flat track, only win at home etc etc would be crying like babies here. This will shut a few mouths for at least till the nes India match!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 5, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

This was an ODI warmup so it's important not to read too much into it but, at this stage, important people must be wondering whether David Warner is the right man to open come the Ashes. He's played a couple of excellent knocks but nothing much recently and he'll need to show something between now and then to warrant continued selection. There's quite a bit of time before that Test series and several first-class warmups to be played so obviously no decision will be made based on this game but, with Rogers having been recalled and half of Australia's batsmen being openers by trade, Warner should be feeling nervous. Based on this performance, he's probably not the only one.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (June 5, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Great fightback by India in the batting and great bowling. Yadav is a quality bowler. Australia have brought their form from India.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 4, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

@RandyUK on (June 4, 2013, 17:05 GMT), yeah, and Australia's recent record against England is so good.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

Well, this was no real surprise, the only Australians to hit top form with the bat have been those whom have already retired from international cricket like Micheal Hussey. Plus Shane Watson has proven time after time, he can be incontinent. The Indians, with quite an ordinary bowling line up will have their work cut out for them against other teams. However the good thing is their batting line up is really doing well, Especially Raina and Dhoni.

Posted by Hammond on (June 4, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Stayed up to watch this. Shouldn't have bothered. India made Australia look like Glossodia 6th grade.

Posted by desiboy454 on (June 4, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

Awesome job by Team India. Espically DK, Umesh n MSD. Must say poor batting by the top order for india but MSD n DK backed it up well. Bowling was great today. Australia and their batsman, so sad to see a world dominating team be so bad after the greats retired. As for team india, Vijay or Rohit have to go, cant keep both in the team. DK deserves his shot. I think we could give Rohit the opening slot. My XI: 1. Rohit 2. Dhawan 3. Virat 4. DK 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Jaddu 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvneshwar 10. Ishant 11. Umesh.. other spot in this team is ishant vs Pathan or Vinay Kumar.

As for the Champions trophy 2013.. I think no team is clear leader, england are getting beat by NZ convincingly.

Personally I see India & either SA or PAK making it from group A. and ENG and AUS or NZ making it from G.

GOOD LUCK TEAM INDIA!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

rohit sharma - a perfect evidence that Indian selections are not based on domestic performances. Otherwise he wouldn't have played that many ODi's but would have a test debut ages ago.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

wat a biggy feel sorry for australia :(

Posted by Jaffa79 on (June 4, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

I agree with Greatest_Game, the kiwis are criminally overlooked. Australia were very poor today and even their more ardent fans couldn't defend this rabble. @ Poms_have_short_memmories, I have never read/heard such codswallop! India scored over 300 (yeah one partnership but who cares? Most innings are constructed around one or two key performances) and you got bundled out for 65!!! I'd say that was quite clinical. Stop papering over the cracks! All is not well in the England camp and I am not overly confident in our chances but I am not delusional like you.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

I thought Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were left out of this tournament to avoid such one sided results!!!!!!

Posted by cjscanada on (June 4, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

Very pleased with the two victories but reality is apart from VK, DK and MS none of the other bats have got used to the condition. This is going to be a very close fought tournament. Kiwi's are the hot team at the moment and Martin is in great form. Imagine with Jesse, how good the Kiwi's would be. Give Windies the SL/Ind pitch they will win for sure. Warner should swop with Shane, as his confidence is low. One good innings by Shane and Warner and this Aussie side will be dangerous. Pakistani's are unpredictable really. They can take apart a team and loose for no reason too. This may be SA's glory and England will do well if Finn and Broad play. SL's Kausal looks good and Sanga and Jaya are in good touch, so really looking forward to some good games. Good luck to all but I hope India continues winning and with all round performance. Rohit needs one good innings. If I was going with Ashwin in the XI, would play him as an opener as he has good technique and you will not loose much.

Posted by Harmony1111 on (June 4, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

When it comes to play away from home it has become a habit that Indian team straightly go home soon after group matches. We saw it quite a few times recently. It's a great achievement that we could at least win some warm up matches before going home. Champions trophy is yet to start. Good luck Aus for Champions trophy..!!!

Posted by disco_bob on (June 4, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

...and the band played on...

Posted by Harmony1111 on (June 4, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Australia always have upper hand when it comes to big stage.Our frat track bullies are only good enough to play warm up matches. Once real matches start they will get thrashed like minnows.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 4, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Stark is utterly useless as a bowler, and is a great replacement for Mitch "he bowls to left.." Johnson. Aus standards have really gone on a slide downwards: being content with having a spinner that doesn't turn the ball? You wouldn't find England settling for that, with their 'spin twins' just one asset out of many in which they outclass Australia- which is why they are the (yet again) dominant side going into the Ashes. Oz need a miracle.

Posted by BDforever on (June 4, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Who cares warm-up matches.I'm quite sure Australia will bounce back and will qualify for semis.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

The team for me should be-- 1) Dhawan 2) Vijay 3) Kolhi 4) Kartilk 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Yadhav 10) Ishant 11) Pathan/Bhuvi. Rohit and Mishra get dropped for sure.

Posted by oze13 on (June 4, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

More angled bats than Pythagoras could manage. Worst batting I've ever seen. Who is the Aussie batting coach?

Posted by 214ty on (June 4, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

I think the team with the best bowling attack will win this thing and I pick Pakistan, although I hope West Indies would come out victorious. Unlike the other teams like Australia that religiously bowl short and wide, I think Pakistan is the only team that bowl straight consistently. Once they put runs on the board their bowlers should do the rest.

For sorry Australia that fold out for 65, this is just an Ashes preview, cause these are the same guys that will play in the Ashes.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 4, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

@ Yaqoot Mir on (June 4, 2013, 19:12 GMT) wrote "still think India and England are the two teams to beat but Pakistan certainly is capable of surprises on any given day....over all India would have a 50% chance, England 30% and Pakistan 20%."

Have you at all been following world cricket? I have watched with interest as the much fancied England have been flattened twice in a row by New Zealand, who earlier in the year took their ODI series against SA…..in SA, where Pak lost to SA.

I'm a puzzled Saffer, wondering why Eng, Pak & SA get rated, and the Kiwis are ignored. NZ always up their game in ICC tournaments, and have a great record in them. As their game is looking pretty damned good right now, this might well be their year!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Now contrast this article with the one which was written after Pakistan's victory. The author kept saying in the entire article that the victory is useless here. The performance here does not matter at all, etc. But this article is hailing India's victory over Australia. Just read that article.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Who was the cat, and who was the mouse? Time will tell.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Hmmm...interesting. Strange isn't it, what's happening to us Australia, the match between us English and yourselves is really going to be the Battle of the Titans, isn't it...?

High quality Ashes coming up no doubt!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 4, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

@ ScottStevo. Your comment that Warner "is currently a walking wicket and needs to seriously improve or it could/should be his test spot axed," is dead on. His test ave started well, 76.5 after his 123* vs NZ, & 52.37 after his 180 in India's miserable tour. But, like SA's tour, each SERIES ave was in truth miserable, made good by 1 knock. Now at 39.46, his ave better reflects his test career reality.

His 1 good series was Sri Lanka - four 50+ innings. The others were poor: his averages, without (W/O) the high score, show that: NZ: Series Ave - 76.5. W/O hi score - 10 Ind: Series Ave - 44.33. W/O hi score - 17.2 WI: Series Ave - 28.5. W/O hi score - 24.2 SA: Series Ave - 41.2. W/O hi score - 21.75 SL: Series Ave - 54.4. W/O hi score - 46.75 Ind: Series Ave - 24.37. W/O hi score - 17.71

34 inngs. 3 tons, 7 fifties. 50% below 25 runs, 30% below 10 runs!

Without his 3 big scores, his ave is 28!

Yes, single digits once every 3.4 innings is pretty much a limping wicket!

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (June 4, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Except for one partnership this was a pretty dismal effort by both teams, although the Indian seem to think it was an allround clinical team effort.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (June 4, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

@ Yaqoot I agree with you...but I do not think England should get that much credit. For me its ranked this way.

SA/Pak (If freaky swing pitches) India/SL(If not so) West indies England Australia New Zealand

Posted by Prakmca on (June 4, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

India is going to pay heavily if they have both Vijay and Dhawan in the team opening the innings.....Vijay is looking pathetic in ODI matches.

Dhawan has to prove that test century is not a miracle....

Posted by Karthik78 on (June 4, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

I still have doubt about our openers and batsmen. We lost 5 wickets in no time. That means we lost all specialist batsmen only wicket keeper batsmen could play. Unless we improve our batting at top order, it is difficult. I don't have faith on Vijay and Dhawan and as usual Rohit. Raina also does not seem to be in good form.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 4, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

The weakest top order in world cricket.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 4, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Surprised to see Aus routed so convincingly by India's SEAMERS not spinners

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Indian batting is still an issue. Shikhar, Vijay and Rohit have had long runs without big scores. Hopefully selection will not be infatuated with Rohit's "potential"

My starting XI vs WI, who do not play spin well --- Shikhar, Vijay, Kohli, Raina, Karthik, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Umesh, Ishant.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 4, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Yes @RandyOZ, you are only playing Eng in the first match. Remember what happened when you played England last summer? 4-0, ouch.

It seems that you have only regressed since then. 65 a.o. against India in England? What a shame. Probably your batsmen should have set realistic targets like 92 (one more than Dhoni's individual score). Maybe, if you wanted to be a little bit more ambitious, you could have aimed for 147 (one more than Karthik's individual score). Instead, your batsmen probably got over-ambitious and thought they could win. Sorry mate, that is not possible with that sorry group of bat-holding men masquerading as international batsmen.

This is just the beginning of the summer mate. Pray that Clarke's back is fine or gets better before the Ashes. If not, you will be staring at more double digit scores.

Posted by ac_Indian on (June 4, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Great performance, but one must be cautious before extrapolating the results of the warm up games. There are still concerns over the consistency of some of the players (both in bowling as well as batting). India have a tough pool ahead and none of SA, Pak and WI are easy to beat. Good Luck India !

Posted by ArunShekhar on (June 4, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Looking at the article fewdays ago, I dont think Rohit and Irfan will get chance in 1st two games.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (June 4, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

@Musab Shakeel Mallick, Indian bowling attack is tested against SA and WI makes sense but how come against Pak? I think Indian bowling attack is better than Pak batting attack. FYI: A team needs good bowling and batting like SA has. Only bowling doesn't work for a team anywhere. Pak might have good bowling but for sure not batting. Also winning against SA (talented chokers) doesn't mean Pak is strong in bowling. WI and NZ are hard working teams so they can do miracles.

Posted by gauravm5 on (June 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik : Our Indian team as u call them FLAT TRACK BULLIES beat Sri Lanka again. My Indian team has always been better than Sri Lanka no matter where they play.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

@ hhillbumper, the last australia ODI win against India (which was the last time they played) was 26 Feb 2012

Posted by Edassery on (June 4, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Since we are yet to find a decent opener for all conditions, I wouldn't pick Vijay for this tournament. Pathan as the other opener along with Dhawan would be better, I feel, since we don't want to risk Dinesh Karthik up the order. Also, since Rohit Sharma is not exactly adjusting yet, he should bat in the lower middle order. My team (in the batting order) would be:

Dhawan, Pathan, Kohli, Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Sharma, Yadav. (Jadeja instead of Ishant Sharma whenever conditions differ)

Posted by Charlie101 on (June 4, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Well done India , I have not enjoyed a cricket match as much since England played Australia at Sydney in the last Ashes test match.

Posted by iceaxe on (June 4, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Wow! I went to bed when India were 50-4 thinking they were heading for a big loss. Kudos to Karthik and Dhoni who turned it around in spectacular style. A dismal display by Australia. Perhaps they will not find it so easy this time. I'm expecting an upset or two at their expense.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 4, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

@Sinako Ntlebi This just goes to show why there is no real favourite for the tournament. Any of the eight teams can beat any other on its day. I have South Africa as narrow favourites, but all eight teams are flawed in some way.

The winner could potentially have to win just 3 of its five games. Any side can do that.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Watson should open every time Perhaps with a more conservative player like Voges and Warner needs to drop down the order. It seemed a pattern in this game that wickets were lost early on both sides but only India managed to stem the onslaught and power home. Our bowling is not ruthless enough and didnt finish India off. Mitchell Starc is not quite a spearhead IMO but he will have to do. Good seamers will be the difference in these conditions as Pakistan, and India have now proven. Shameful as this performance is, if Australia learn their lessons they can bounce back and perform creditably but probably not win. I was dissapointed with Hughes dismissmal as he was just starting to play some shots.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (June 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

With Australian batting hitting rock bottom (today's performance and news of Clarke's back problem) , dale steyn , de villers injured for SA and England looking listless without KP , India has emerged as a strong favorite in my opinion. agreed these are only practice matches but the signs are looking good for team India

Posted by kc69 on (June 4, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Well. Happy about todays win but will be more happy if we win against SA on 6th and Pak on 15th.This match definitely helped MSD in finalizing the first choice playing 11 for this tournament. Dhoni as usual is an amazing captain who has won us world cup in T20(2007) and ODI(2011),Asia Cup(2010),#1 rankings in Test and ODI. Hopefully Champions trophy is also added to one of his achievements. Indeed MSD is captain cool.

Posted by Sunjay007 on (June 4, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

I concur with Nimish -please don't ruin KDK's chances by making him cover up for the opener's failure. Perhaps it would be worth bringing in Parthiv Patel to do so!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Five times Australia have been dismissed for under 100 (Test/ODI/T20) in the last 5 years. Only Pakistan (10) and New Zealand (7) have more. India (1) and South Africa (2) have the fewest team totals under 100 in the last 5 years. Just as well this wasn't an official ODI...

One wonders how India were allowed to get from 55-5 after 15.1 overs to 308: an amazing fightback.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

@Musab Shakeel Mallick Even Pakistan can't stand against India, India has worldclassic batsmans and bowlers are experienced. Pakistan have only one woldclass batsman. Talking about balling, well on bad day or on bad condition anyteam get collapsed. all depends on what Dhoni wants watch the face-off between IvsP. SA always chocks might their destiny shall give them win.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (June 4, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Why is Australia not playing the likes of James pattinson , Ryan harris ?? these two along with starc can form the most potent attack in the tournament (rivaled only by Pakistan perhaps)

Posted by Gary_the_Pom on (June 4, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

keep back peddling Randy, you and the wheels are just about to fall off

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Good performance by India but keep in mind this is warm ups only......neither the india win over ausssie counts and neither does the Pakistani win over SA......real end of business will start now.......everyone will be going 100% full speed and wins will matter, still think India and England are the two teams to beat but Pakistan certainly is capable of surprises on any given day....over all India would have a 50% chance, England 30% and Pakistan 20%.

Posted by PPL11 on (June 4, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Good Moral Booster !! Well done DK, MS. Bowlers bowl with lot of heart... good to see victory like this... So DK have now made it clear 6th batting spot will be between Vijay Vs Rohit, it will be interesting to see who will made it to final 11 between these two... overall v happy at moment.

Posted by sreek09 on (June 4, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Wow, India really did some justice to their no: 1 rank. So is this the Aussies who are going to lift Ashes? If they cannot survive against Indian pacers, there is no way they are going to survive against English pacers.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

@Musab Shakeel Mallick what are u thinking here ?? indians were dominating with both ball and bat here 65 all out is nt enough to prove this teams bowling strength? on the first warm up game there isnt umesh yadav playing in that game Batting can win u any game as it shown aganist srilanka i think indias bowling line up is decent and the batting line up can chase any totals

Posted by Extraz on (June 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Wow, though i am a PAK fan but you have to admire the depth in this indian batting line up 55-5 at one stage and then ended up getting 308-6 unbelievable... great knocks by dhoni and karthik a clinical win by India.

Posted by aby__prasad on (June 4, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Though glad at India's win, disappointed at 2 things. At Australia's reply (I mean their no.6 onwards has no dhoni/bevan kind of player but 65??) The other thing is that this match has no significance/points whatsoever on the outcome of the champions trophy matches!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Mussab Sabir Thanks mate . good luck to pakistan as well . i hope both the teams go through the semis buts thats very unlikely . A Proud Indian .

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (June 4, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

WOW !! gr8 going by Indians , didn't watch the match , but i was surprised to see the scorecard , had to double check to see it was really India versus AUSTRALIA and not India versus some Canada !!

Posted by Sunjay007 on (June 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Bring in Parthiv Patel at the top, to open. India's THIRD batsman-keeper. The Southpaw would be an excellent foil to Dhawan (or Vijay). Kohli, K. Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MSD and 'sir' Jadeja would make it a formidable line up! Yadav, Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumarwill take charge of pace bowling and Ashwin will round off as the second spinner all rounder!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

It was a treat to watch Umesh bowl with pace . i really hope we don`t lose him just like we lost a couple of other bowlers due to dip in pace and poor form . brilliant performance by India but still would`nt want to get carried away .

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

in my prediction this squad will be the test squad for SA with couple of changes pujara in raina out, sachin in ad rohit out, let see what happenes..........

Posted by liz1558 on (June 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

This is going to be a very tough tour for Australia. Sinatra said it all with the words, 'It's a long, long time from May to September'. Could've been written for this Australia side. I feel for poor old Randy Oz's sanity.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (June 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Just like every other indian bowler Yadav is also a mediocre bowler. Any bowler can produce these kind of one match wonders. Even Ashish nehra took 6-23 against England in a world cup game. Yadav can only do this in a warm-up game. Lets wait till the real game starts, he will be hammered by Amla and co.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 4, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

This is why Australia are one of the weakest sides in the world. Given how close this is to the Ashes, it is surely pertinent to reflect on their current state. They possess a top 6 so weak it wouldn't trouble a pub team, and the less said about the leadership in the team the better. Clarke is currently posing a problem by refusing to move out of his zone of comfort in the lower-middle order (in stark contrast to Cook, who faces the first ball of every innings) as the only bat in the team can't assist one of the openers. This match has shown that Bailey's been a disaster as captain as well, and the infamous headlines regarding keeping abilities have trailed around for years now. Being content with having a spinner that doesn't turn the ball? You wouldn't find England settling for that, with their 'spin twins' just one asset out of many in which they outclass Australia- which is why they are the (yet again) dominant side going into the Ashes. Oz need a miracle.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 4, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Another stellar performance from Australia! Go Aussie,Go!!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

lol @randyoz..as for the perfomance by india really clinical ,as a saffer this is bad news for us hope our boys turn up on thursday and play hard to win ...wasn't excited about this tournament but now i am looking forward to some great cricket (hopefully)

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 4, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Superb performance from India, though I'm not convinced that the batting lineup will be strong in the tournament. The bowling was exceptional today especially Umesh Yadav. Dhoni would be faced with a dilemma as far as bowling options are concerned. Which are the 5 bowlers India will pick in the match against SA? Problem is we have 4 all-rounders like Ashwin, Jadeja, Pathan and Bhuvaneshwar so either Ishant or Yadav has to sit out but both have played very well. Only other option is to drop one of the all-rounders.

Posted by hhillbumper on (June 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Oh my Australia.Remind us all again when did you last beat India?

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (June 4, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

To all India Fans. Enough mooplah about this victory. I think some fans should learn to respect the opponent too. Every team has its bad day and some critcizing australia dont seem to think of this. For a second think; If DK and Dhoni had not played sensibly, India would have been all out for maybe less than 100. Instead of criticizing your opponent, highligh the positives of your team. Australia still have a better bowling attack and why?, becuase they are consistent and not one off like India's. I am predicting a close champions trophy given the fact that asian teams are adjusting well to the conditions.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

As DK is playing well in the middle order please do not shuffele him as an opener...where he has consistantly failed....

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 4, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

DOMINATION--Is an Understatement. INDIANS were ruthless with bat and ball. while Aus were lacking in all departments. kind of role reversal of yester years.Best of luck for both teams in upcoming tournament. India rightly proved why they are number 1 team in world in odi's by winning against more than decent aus and sri lankan sides.

Posted by saicharan200 on (June 4, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Good performance overall from team india....except that opening pair....vijay shoul'd not play vs sa...my playing 11 will be 1) Dhawan 2) Rohit 3) Virat 4) Karthik 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Irfan 8) Ashwin/ jaddu 9) Bhuvi 10) ishant 11) yadav...rohit shoul open as kartik loves to play in middle order...rohit z better than vijay in terms of technique but he has to prove his mettle..in.seaming conditions 4 seamers should be there dats why irfan's inclusion will be an added advantage..there will be a tussle between ashwin and jaddu...dhoni has to take decision whether to include ashwin or jaddu...overall the team looks good except the opening pair...good luck india...

Posted by yogikanna on (June 4, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

It would be a mistake on Dhoni's part to play Karthik at top of the order. No.3 or No.4 will be a perfect position for DK.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 4, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

If this is NOT considered a hammering then I ain't so sure how hammering looks like. What a win ! Deserved by the world no. 1 in ODIs !! Take that all you cynics. According to some of you, this Indian team is NOT a favourite in this tournament. Well guess what, the joke is on you now. England a favourite ? Australia a favourite ? Seriously ?

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

With this incompetent Australian side, Indians should not consider their team as the best in tournament. This Australian team is weak and they have less potential to win against any other team in Group A..While, Indian bowling attack Exposed against Srilanka in the 1st warm-up match..Batting is not a key factor in 50 overs. Bowling however, played the leading role and it creates a big difference as we all can see in Ind Vs Srilanka match..both teams scored 300+ runs. but inexperience and un-capable bowling attack from both sides makes the match more interesting..Indian bowling will be surely tested against S.A, W.I and Pakistan..In the 1st match against S.A, indian bowlers wont be able to take wickets from their part time bowlers and spinners..as the ball wont turn as much as we expected..however indian "fast" bowlers will be tested against S.A..In Group B, S.A is a balance side, Ind have weakest bowling attack, Pak and W.I both are underdogs and they are more dangerous...

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 4, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

lol no lucky india talk tonight?? no scope of luck in such big victory . aus batsmen lack skills to decipher swing and spin of indian bowlers . be it mohali or cardiff. they are in to make number of participants, they will not get any close to semis. india - nz final with india winning with either 100 runs to spare or 20 overs to spare. comeon team India , win cl2013, win big.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (June 4, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik They will defeat you don't worry. You ain't India.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 4, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

So where are those saying India have no chance. What amused me that teams ranked 6,7.8 (sri lanka, pakistan, england) are favorites according to experts. Sri lanka is getting thrashing of their life. Can't even chase 280. Also I feel people judge Indain bowling on Indian Pitches. Umesh Yadav and Likes of Ishant could be very dangerous If there is just a little bit of assistance. Plus there are couple of good spinners in case pitch starts to turn. God Save other teams!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

don't get carried away! This is a WARM UP. Players are just trying things. Teams are checking out English pitch conditions, things like that. NONE of these teams will play in this fashion when the chips are down.

Posted by starincricket on (June 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Great innings from Dinesh Karthick!! Dhoni said after the 1st warm up match, not sure where DK fit.. after 2nd match he said who ll miss the place for him and like to play him at top or the order.

It looks Vijay ll miss from this statement. But i feel DK is good at middle rather than top of the order. So rohit may miss.. or rohit can play opening with Dhawan

Posted by sweetspot on (June 4, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

While it is true that Karthik is in hot form, it is also the order. Up the order against the new ball, some patience may be required. People were first calling Vijay an IPL player, not fit for tests. Now he is a test player, not fit for ODIs. In my opinion both he and Dhawan are good enough for the job in any format. Just give them time to settle down.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (June 4, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Relax guys. I am not saying that our team is not a strong contender. But winning against "minnows" like Australia or Srilanka will not prove India the best. I would wait until we play against South Africa before making remarks like "We are number 1" or "We will win the cup" etc.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

@ Mussab Sabir

Thanks mate. Best of Luck to Pak as well. We have SA in our grp.. And I'm sure this team is making it to semis :P Lets see which the 2nd team will be!

Posted by warun_sharma on (June 4, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

If DRS were there India was all out by 65 !!! DRS always did the trick to India in everywhere !!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 4, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

The Aussies got absolutely crushed. A team that has just won by 243 runs (INDIA) are 'not' favourites BUT a team that lost by more than 100 runs a few days back to NZ are favourites eh ? What a joke ! It may only be a practice game, but this victory goes to show Team INDIA mean business in this tournament. They are the world champions and a good showing here will only do the team a lot of good for the future. Dinesh Karthik, you beauty. Take a bow brother. What a FINE innings, a template for other batsmen to follow.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Wait and see these guys do well in main tournament as well. Come on India

Posted by sandeep1978 on (June 4, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

It seems to me that with suresh raina, the commentators attribute every dismissal of his to the short ball. Either he gets out to a short ball or its because he is expecting a short ball . Hence everytime he gets caught behind, at slip,lbw, bowled, its due to the fact that he was 'expecting' a short ball, according to the commentators. Seems very lazy analysis according to me.Today, he got out bowled trying to flick a ball, pitched on middle stump . Again,commentators said, it was because he was expecting a short ball !

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Wow. What a performance by Ind. 'Lady Luck' seems to be working for Yadav as he just got married. DK is surely in form of his life. Back to back hundreds. Awesome. And Captain Cool as usual taking his team from horrible position to winning one. Mr. Professional. But some things haven't changed yet like Rohit's form. I'm not sure if Vijay is the right option in ODIs. Rohit can be tried out thr as DK said he loves playing in middle order. It could be blessing in disguise. Dhawan seems out of touch but I hope selectors keep faith in him and he gets enough opportunities. Was heartening to see Yadav bowling consistently 140+ and making the ball talk. Bhuvi, Yadav, Ishant, Ashwin make good bowling attack. Jadeja/ Pathan can be used as 5th bowler. I wish Yuvi was selected. Still a lot of Cricket is left in him and he being a handy left arm bowler gives Ind much needed balance. This team is young n needs to be nourished properly. All in all gud prformnce by Ind despite off filed controversies.

Posted by PlanetCricket on (June 4, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

That's why our team will easily win the ICC Trophy. I said it all along.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

still india haters will feel that it's just luck favouring india.. truth is india is the strongest contender for the championship !! but LOL at aussies, what's happening to the young aussies xD

Posted by Haleos on (June 4, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Karthik in VijayI Out. Team sorted. BTW, anti India fans, our worst bowling attack seems to be firing. The best are just getting trashed everywhere. One of them was trashed by India itself.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

After this performance from India and performance of Pakistan against SA, I see both Pakistan and India progressing to semis. Best of luck. A Proud Pakistani!

Posted by AKS286 on (June 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Australia don't have confidence on their batting & bowling they think PITCH will do everything for them. now when they whitewashed by Indians the excuses are- Flat pitch, Spin pitch, No DRS, Now fails in cardiff I'm ready what are the excuses ? do the homework find the excuses.

Posted by marmao on (June 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

What a match! Was in Cardiff watching the proceedings live. It did not look from any angle that this was a team which as facing so many issues after the IPL. Everyone looked at ease. The way the Indian players responded to the fan's request for autographs was awesome... Thank you Shikar, Murali, Virat, Rohit ad of course the ONE and ONLY MS DHONI, down to earth and very much in touch with reality - pretty much every one of them. Thank you team India an inspiration to the young . My 6 year old is very happy

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

ndia's 11 against SA to me looks like - Dhawan, Karthik, Kohli, Raina, Sharma, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pathan, Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav. Of the 2 openers, I have preferred Vijay out since Dhawan gives us a left hander. Also - between 2 non-productive batsmen - Vijay & Sharma, Sharma is the better fielder. Dhoni has not seen fit to try Mishra / Vinay so they stay out. Spinners don't seem too productive so Ashwin makes way for Jadeja (better batting & fielding ability).

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Team India proved No-1 Rank Holder......

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (June 4, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

And to think that there was a time when the Aussies were a competent cricket team. These days, they just go about embarassing themselves. Oh well, perfect warm-up game for India. Couldn't've gone any better. Thoroughly dominating performance by us

Posted by Batmanindallas on (June 4, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Vijay has also not performed in two games so far...

Posted by xylo on (June 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

My guess is that Murali Vijay will be the one making way for Dinesh Karthik, although, his position might be taken up by Rohit Sharma at the top, and Dinesh Karthik will slot in the middle.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

R.I.P Cricket Australia..

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (June 4, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

DK has to be in the eleven. With the kind of form he is in, it would be criminal not to play him. This could mean the end of Rohit Sharma for a while.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Good to see dinesh among the runs he shld continue his good run and cement his place in middle order, Indian team main concern abt opening pair we will be missing sachin, gambhi and sehwag badly.

Posted by ravi_shankar88 on (June 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Good perfomance by yadav,karthik & dhoni. but we shouldn't give much Attention to these warmup games.before the game starts i was thinking that india must loose this match badly, so that they won't be complacent in League Matches.but something in Revrese happened.

I still remember the T20 WC2010 that was also held in England,India Started in this very same Fashion by Beating Pakistan & the other Team very Convincingly in both Warmup Games but in the League match West indies & England Knocked us out of the Tournament with Some nice Chin Music. we always Perform better with Underdog Tag for e.g.2007 t20wc,2011 wc.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Ouch! I thought the Aussies were susceptible to India's SPIN bowling, but here they have been rolled over by the pace of Yadav & Sharma. This is pretty sad. I thought Aus had reached their low in the India tour, and were bound to be on the way back up. Their bowlers were weak too - maybe Pattingsn will add some backbone, bit things do look bleak. I'm surprising myself for almost feeling pity for Aus - a pretty uniques sensation.

Posted by Shaan99 on (June 4, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Oh today Rohit has proved that he is only ipl player not international.. By excluding Gambhir and Yuvi.. India are really struggling in england... But here was Karthik again for the survival.. Well played DK! We want again this kind of innings from you

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

I m still concerned with the way our top order is Performing.....!!! Neither Dhawaan nor Vijay impressed So far ..!!! I think we are Going to miss the services of Gambhir..!! As compared to Dhawan & Vijay he is Far better then Both of Them...!! Talking bout Viajy , As per previous performance he is a good player for test matches but he never impressed in ODI..!! Better to give karthik a chance to open with dhawan as he is in very good form..!!! First match against Mighty South Africa is very importent So My Eleven for the first Match will be as follows...

1)Dhawan 2)Karthik 3) Kohli 4)Rohit 5)Dhoni 6)Raina 7)Sir Jadeja 8)Irfan 9)Ashwin 10)Bhuvi 11) Umesh ....

Posted by an_alcoholic on (June 4, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

i dont understand .....umesh yadav is too good or australian batting is that bad..

Posted by Bogelking on (June 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Superb, facile win for India. It was with such precision and aggression that India demolished the Aussies. Of course this is a warm up match and we need not have to be serious over the outcome of it. But what one have to note is that, if in the later part of the tournament the teams again have a face-off, the positives from the match will come handy for the winning team. Or in other words there is a psychological edge and is a great Fillip. It is not that Aussies were too bad. They were superb in the outset restricting India into a macabre condition. But the patience mixed with aggression in the later part of the first innings that MSD and DK used to build up a strong partnership was crucial, which turned the tide against OZ. Then a spirited and mind boggling performance from Umesh was the icing on the cake. Indian's have started well. They have to carry on this momentum to bring the silverware and keep that in the cabinet adjoining the WC Trophy.Good luck India!! Go!!

Posted by WILAD on (June 4, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Well at least they get one bad performance out the way. Anything that oculd go wrong did. So now they know that won't happen again.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Okay. Lets have it from the SL fans. What was it this time? Flat pitch? Kohli? Or no Malinga in Australian team? ;)

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

hmm i hope the indians play better against proteas...dont expect them to be like aussies...i just hope the top order contribute something...vijay and dhawan need to give india a good start suddenly i feel the bowling department to be ok...in the match against sril lanka it was tough for us...we didnt have yadav...in this match also if he hadnt had yadav we would have struggled...bhuvi bowled well but couldnt get a wicket...sharma well lets see what happens against SA...spinners didnt get much chance...on the whole i wish india to be all successful and get the CL trophy dhoni only trophy missing in this trophy cabinet

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 4, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Good for SL now, Eng bashed by the NZ, Aus batting and death bowling in pieces.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Listless right... Bowler, Batters and even fielding effort was listless. How many times you see Australian fielders drop these many catches, really sorry performance...

Posted by ScottStevo on (June 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

That was a lot worse than a sorry performance. That was completely ridiculous. At 55-5 we should never have allowed India to get back into that match but, they batted well - very well. As for our batting, for staters, why, oh why was Wade opening? I know it's a warm up and Watson has already scored a ton, but we need to stabilise a line up, even in ODI's. Sendng Wade out who is generally pretty ordinary, with Warner - who is currently a walking wicket and needs to seriously improve or it could/should be his test spot axed - was a terrible mistake. I'm not sure what our management are thinking, if at all. Add that to our generally poor selections recently and we've got ourselves a recipe for disaster...Some poor captaincy decision as well by Bailey in his bowling selections (why wasn't there a spinner playing in this warm up match???) and he seemed to pick the wrong guys as the wrong times. nonetheless, none of that matters when half of your team chops on - anyone hear of a straight bat

Posted by SASANK360 on (June 4, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

That is a clinical performance by India. Bowling has clearly improved. They bowled tight line and length not giving away much. Infact the wicket was 2-paced, ball stopped more often and some deliveries nipped off the seam. India bowlers exploited this nature of pitch. Australia on the other hand were clearly listless. Their bowlers did not bowl enough wicket taking deliveries. Indian top order made some silly mistakes and paid the price. Anyway with the first game in sight India must get its playing XI right. With Rohit Sharma finding new ways of being dismissed, Dinesh must replace him @ no.4. Good Luck to both IND and AUS. Cheers.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (June 4, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

its the second time in recent months that australia has been dismiss like this, pathetic display by the Aussies, it shows to what diestrates Australian one day cricket has fallen to after the retirement of Ricky Ponting the punter,....

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Superb performance by Indian team, Hope same performance will repeat in main matches. All the best to Team India.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 4, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Pretty poor from Australia, but it was against the World Number 1 and we are only playing England in the first match.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

SUPERB PERFORMANCE for TEAM INDIA............... INSHALLAH INDIAN cricket team will win the ICC champions TROPHY 2013.............

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Most embarrassing performance, EVER!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Some editing required. I don't think a 5 run win equals to a 243-run defeat...even by Indian Standards....lol

Posted by UnderMiners on (June 4, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Well Played Team India... All the Best for important matches coming ahead.... Chak de Fatte...

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