Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav picked up a fifer to setup a 243-run victory for India over Australia in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match © Getty Images (File Pic)

Cardiff: Jun 4, 2013

A splendid performance from the Indian bowling contingent, led by Umesh Yadav‘s fifer helped India demolish Australia with a 243-run victory in the warm-up match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Chasing 309, Australia had a very similar start to India as recently wed Yadav ran through the top-order.

Yadav’s first victim was Matthew Wade who played a short of good length delivery that was angling in, onto his stumps. A couple of overs later, David Warner went and played a wild swing at a delivery that was moving away from him and edged it straight to Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip.

Yadav’s ‘ball-of-the-match’ squared up George Bailey and went on to dislodge the bails to reduce Australia to nine for three in the sixth over.

The Australian batsmen seemed to struggle with the short of good length delivery throughout as Phil Hughes ended up playing on just after hitting a good boundary to give Yadav his fourth wicket of the game. Yadav completed his fifer off the next delivery when Mitchell Marsh was adjudged caught behind. Replays suggested that the ball went through his bat and pad.

At 28 for five, Shane Watson, the centurion against the West Indies, walked out to the middle. However, he did not have a major impact as he became the third Australian batsmen to get dismissed by playing the ball onto the stumps off the bowling of Ishant Sharma. He departed for four runs as Australia were reeling at 34 for six in the 12th over.

Adam Voges and James Faulkner showed some resistance, but that too failed to last long. In the 18th over, Sharma’s delivery struck Faulkner plumb in front when the latter was trying to shuffle across. This left Australia at 50 for seven.

Sharma struck for the third time when Mitchell Johnson became the fourth Australian batsman to chop the ball onto his stumps in the 20th over. An over later, a direct hit from Shikhar Dhawan at fine leg found Mitchell Starc short of his ground to take India just one wicket away from a massive victory.

Ravichandran Ashwin completed the formalities by cleaning up Adam Voges to skittle out Australia for 65 and register a 243-run victory.

Read first innings report here

Brief scores:

India 308 for 6 in 50 overs (Dinesh Karthik 146*, MS Dhoni 91; Clint McKay 2 for 39, Mitchell Starc 2 for 73) beat Australia 65 all-out in 23.3 overs (Adam Voges 23; Umesh Yadav 5 for 18, Ishant Sharma 3 for 11) by 243 runs.

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