A 191-ball 211-run sixth wicket stand between Dinesh Karthik (146 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91 off 77 balls) helped India post a respectable 308 for six against Australia at the Swalec Stadium here on Tuesday. This was followed it up by brilliant performance by India bowlers.
Umesh Yadav bagged a five-wicket haul, while Ishant Sharma picked up 3 and R Ashwin chipped in with one wickets. India will now open the tournament against formidable South African side on June 6 at Cardiff. SCORECARD
21:28 India (308/6) thrash Australia (65) by 243 runs at Cardiff.
21:17 WICKET Mitchell Starc run out by Shikhar Dhawan. Clint McKay is the last man for Australia.
21:10 WICKET Ishant Sharma gets rid of Mitchell Johnson. Australia's poor day continues. Mitchell Starc is the number 10 batsmen for Australia.
21:00 WICKET Australia lose their seventh wicket. James Faulkner moves across to play towards square leg, misses a straight ball and is trapped in front. Ishant picks up his second wicket.
20:32 India have used just three bowlers so far. Umesh Yadav, who missed the last warm-up against Sri Lanka, has bagged five wickets while Ishant Sharma has picked up one. Bhuvneshwar has been economical but has failed to pick up any wicket so far.
20:32 Another one bites the dust. Shane Watson tries to square cut but ends up playing on to his stumps for 4 off Ishant Sharma. James Faulkner comes to the crease.
20:20 WICKET Umesh is having a dream spell. Removes Phil Hughes and Mitchell Marsh in the same over to pick up his fifer. Australia are 5 down. Shane Watson joins Voges.
20:04 WICKET Umesh picks up his third wicket. George Bailey plays the wrong line, his off stump gets knocked down. Adam Voges comes to the crease.
19:55 WICKET Umesh Yadav gets another one. David Warner tried to cut but gets a thick outside edge to first slip where R Ashwin makes no mistake. Shaky start for Australia. Skipper George Bailey joins Hughes.
19:44 WICKET Umesh Yadav draws first blood. Mathew Wade inside edges on to to stumps for 5 runs. Phillip Hughes replaces him.
19:39 Mathew Wade and David Warner are opening for Australia. Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling attack.
19:08 Karthik's unbeaten century and Dhoni's fifty take India to a challenging total against Australia. Karthik struck 17 fours and a six in his knock. Australia conceded 57 runs in last five overs.
18:51 WICKET MS Dhoni departs for (91). He mistimes James Faulkner to Mitchell Johnson at long off. Ravindra Jadeja joins Karthik
18:46 (IST) Karthik and Dhoni have put on 200 runs in this partnership. Dhoni nearing his century.
18:37 (IST) Australia are well behind the over rate. Karthik was dropped on 101 by skipper George Bailey at extra-cover off Mitchell Johnson.
18:27 (IST) Karthik continues his good run-of-form. He scores his second 100 in warm-ups. His first century came up against Sri Lanka.
18:21 (IST) This partnership over 150 now.
18:15 (IST) Dhoni reaches his fifty with a huge six over long off.
18:14 (IST) Dhoni inching closer to his his half-century.
18:01 (IST) Dhoni and Karthik have added 100 runs in this partnership for the 6th wicket.
17:53 (IST) Karthik brings up his fifty with a boundary at square leg. He scored century in the first warm-up against Sri Lanka.
17:47 (IST) Karthik just one run away from his 50.
17:24 (IST) Karthik dropped by Mitchell Starc at deep fine leg off Mitchell Marsh in 29th over.
17:20 (IST) Karthik and Dhoni putting pressure on Australian fielders by taking easy singles.
17:14 (IST) Mitchell Marsh gets hit on his shoulder by Dhoni's uppish drive. Indian skipper lucky to survive a caught and bowled.
17:11 (IST) Fifty-run partnership comes up for India.
17:05 (IST) Shane Watson makes a good comeback in his second over after conceding 9 runs in his first. Karthik playing another good innings.
16:50 (IST) MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are looking to rebuild Indian innings. These two have added 20 runs in 29 deliveries. India are 75 for 5 after 21 overs.
16:39 (IST) NEWSFLASH: Michael Clarke heading to London for treatment for his lower back problem. Will not feature in today's game.
16:28 (IST) WICKET: Shikhar Dhawan is the goner this time. Miscues a short one off Mitchell Johnson to Clint McKay at mid-wicket. India are 5 down. Dhawan 17 off 39 balls
16:00 (IST) WICKET: Now, Suresh Raina gets bowled by McKay. Indian innings crumbling now against Australia.
On a completely different note, here is Raina with Ravindra Jadeja, enjoying a meal in Cardiff from two days back.
15:51 (IST) WICKET: India lose third wicket.
Rohit Sharma leaving an outside off-stump McKay delivery. Ball kisses his bat and crashes onto the stumps. 10 off 14 for the batsman.
15:34 (IST) Ideal opportunity for Dhawan to shine.
He has been extremely watchful so far in his innings.
15:28 (IST) WICKET: Even skilled players lose concentration and it is Virat Kohli's turn.
Edges to the keeper behind to give Starc his second. Scored 9.
15:26 (IST) Virat Kohli has replaced Vijay in the middle.
The right-hander has already hit some exquisite shots. At 24, he already has amassed 4054 runs from 95 ODIs.
Currently though, both he and Dhawan are looking for a firm foundation.
15:17 (IST) WICKET: Murali Vijay departs. Very unlucky as replays suggest a big edge. The opener however adjudged LBW to Mitchell Starc on 1 off 9!
15:11 (IST) Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan come out to open the innings for India.
Dhawan was unlucky to get out on 1 in the previous match vs Sri Lanka while Vijay scored 18 before departing.
14:57 (IST) Two teams are out and the Indian anthem reverberates in Cardiff!
14:51 (IST) Weather update: It is currently 13 degree Celsius in Caridff. Humidity is 58 per cent but winds will make playing conditions extremely pleasant.
14:41 (IST) 15 players can feature in a warm-up match but only 11 can take to the field at a time.
The first 11 of both sides as follows:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma , Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra.
Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade, Phil Hughes, George Bailey, Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Clint Mckay.
14:38 (IST) Here is the complete toss report for all the updates and team news.
14:32 (IST) Bailey says Michael Clarke is 'just a bit stiff' but is fine. His absence from today's match is more a precaution and that he should be fine for the tournament.
14:31 (IST) AND THE TOSS: India skipper MS Dhoni wins and opts to bat first.
Australia under George Bailey.
14:23 (IST) The teams are out in the middle and players are stretching themselves out.
Dhoni in his press briefing on Monday said that he hoped India's top-order can provide a good start, whether batting first or chasing.
Clarke though is looking at precisely this angle and will hope for his strike bowlers to claim early wickets.
Read the preview here.
14:02 (IST) The toss for the warm-up match today, now is just half an hour away...
In the meanwhile, check out NDTV's exclusive pictures of the Indian team's practice session in Cardiff, on Monday. PHOTO GALLERY
13:51 (IST) While Hussey may not be part of the Australian side and even India's Rahul Dravid (in pic below) retired, it will be interesting to see how youngsters in both sides take on the big challenge.
Here are the top-5 Indian stars to watch out for in this tournament.
Here are the top-5 Australian players who would be looking to stop all other stars.
13:47 (IST) Flashback: The last encounter between these two teams in ICC Champions Trophy was on September 28, 2009.
It was quite a damp affair, literally!
Michael Hussey scored 67 as Australia scored 234 from 42.3 before lightening, thunder and persistent rain washed out the match in Centurion South Africa.
13:38 (IST) The Australian team though was more comprehensive against West Indies. The bowlers first restricted the target to 257.
Shane Watson then came to start the chase and helped himself to 135 off 98!
13:36 (IST) Both teams had sublime individual performances with the bat during the course of their first warm-up matches, respectively.
For India, it was Virat Kohli's ferocious 120-ball 144 that powered a heroic chase. The Delhi batsman hit 11 boundaries and 3 sixes. Check out the scorecard here.
13:27 (IST) Two giants of international cricket take each other on in a wam-up clash today, ahead of Champions Trophy - starting June 6.
While the Indian team will be looking for an encore of wins after defeating Sri Lanka in the first warm-up match, Australia cruised past West Indies in their practice match, to send ominous signs.