Indian opener KL Rahul played brilliantly against Australia in the warm-up match at the Gabba on Monday. He fine-tuned his batting in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Rahul launched an all-out attack against a formidable bowling unit in Aaron Finch’s side in Brisbane, giving Rohit Sharma’s Team India an explosive start in the power play.
In the warm-up match against the world champions, opener Rahul played MS Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot against Aussie ace fast bowler Pat Cummins in India’s innings. After Rahul hit Cummins for a stunning six in the fifth over, the Australian pacer was eager to respond and bowled a vicious bouncer as Rahul was smashed on the helmet just before the end of the power play.
Watch: Kl Rahul Plays Helicopter Shot
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Rahul stayed determined to complete his half-century in the action-packed warm-up game between the two sides despite taking a nasty blow. Rahul scored an attacking fifty before getting out to Glenn Maxwell for 57 runs off 33 balls against the defending world champions. In his entertaining knock, the swashbuckling batsman hit six fours and two sixes.
Rahul top-scored for Team India in the warm-up game, but captain Rohit and former captain Virat Kohli both failed to convert on their respective starts. Rohit scored 15 runs off 14 balls, while Kohli was dismissed for 19 runs off 13 balls. After Rahul’s dismissal, Men in Blue middle-order batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Suryakumar Yadav played crucial knocks.
India will play two warm-up games before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter of the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on Sunday, October 23. The mother of all battles between the two teams will be renewed after last month’s Asia Cup thrillers. The Babar Azam-led team is evenly matched against the Rohit Sharma-led team.
India will play Australia in their first warm-up game on Monday, followed by the match against New Zealand on Wednesday, October 19. Both games will be played at The Gabba, Brisbane.