T20 World Cup, Warm-up Match: Team India defeated Australia by 6 runs in a thrilling manner in the T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up match. At one time Australia’s team was very close to victory, but the bowling of Harshal and Shami and the masterclass fielding of Virat Kohli one after the other snatched the victory from Australia’s jaws. In this match, Virat showed two wonderful fielding views in the last two overs and pushed Australia on the back foot.
Batting first, Team India scored 186 runs losing 7 wickets in 20 overs due to the strong batting of KL Rahul (57) and Suryakumar Yadav. In reply, Australia came close to victory thanks to the innings of Aaron Finch (76), Mitchell Marsh (35) and Glenn Maxwell (23). Australia needed only 16 runs in two overs and had 6 wickets in hand. Here in the 19th over of Harshal Patel, the direction of the match was reversed.
Harshal Patel bowled Aaron Finch on the first ball of his over. After this, on the next ball, Virat Kohli did a strong fielding and sent Tim David to the pavilion. On this second ball of Harshal Patel, the new batsman Jose Inglis, who came to the crease, tried to take a single run. But Virat Kohli showed agility like a leopard and caught the ball. He then threw the ball straight towards the striking end without stopping and scattered the stumps. Here Tim David was far from the crease. This wicket got India back in the match.
Virat then performed another excellent fielding. In the last over of the match, on the third ball of Mohammed Shami, he took a tremendous catch with one hand on the boundary. Had this catch not been taken, then the match could have ended here as the ball was going straight towards 6 runs. This wonderful catch kept India in the match and then Shami took three more wickets in the next three balls to give victory to Team India.