The Australians were off to a flying start with the ball thanks to opening bowlers Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay. After being asked to field, the Australian new-ball bowlers were on fire taking two wickets each. Mitchell Johnson scalped Shikhar Dhawan, leaving India in all sorts of trouble at 55 for 5. (Images courtesy AP and AFP)
But MS Dhoni had other ideas, he kept on rotating the strike from the start of his innings and never let the run rate go down. He played audacious strokes to put off the Australian bowlers. In all, Dhoni hit six fours and four sixes in his 77-ball 91-run knock.
The two added a crucial 211-run partnership for the sixth wicket in 182 balls. Karthik going on to score a magnificent unbeaten 146 - his second century in as many warm-up games prior to the start of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Chasing a more than challenging 309 for a win, Australia were off to the worst possible start thanks to wrecker-in-chief Umesh Yadav, whose pace was too hot to handle for Matthew Wade - Australia's first wicket to fall in the second over.
Australia's stand in skipper George Bailey, leading the team in the absence of injured Michael Clarke could not inspire the dressing room as he was bowled by a peach of an out-swing delivery from Umesh Yadav. Bailey was Umesh's third wicket. Umesh ended up being on a hat-trick as he got Phil Hughes and Mitchell Marsh out off successive balls. Australia now five down and Yadav scalps a five-wicket haul.
Shane Watson successfully negated the hat-trick ball but he ultimately chopped the ball onto the stumps to give Ishant Sharma his first wicket. With that Australia had lost realistic hopes of chasing a huge target.
But Ishant was not content with just Watson's big breakthrough. He got rid of fast-bowling all-rounders James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson to end up with 3 wickets. Australian top and middle order had crumbled without showing a fight. Phil Hughes (14) and Adam Voges (23) were the only batsmen in the eleven to reach double digits.
With the run out of Mitchell Starc and the final wicket of Adam Voges, India completed a 243-run thrashing of Australia. A win which will boost their morale going into the first match of the tournament against South Africa on June 6, Thursday.
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