India 308-6 (Karthik 146no) beat
Australia 65 (Yadav 5-18) by 243 runs
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up
Report by Daniel Grummitt
India subjected Australia to what would have been their biggest ever defeat in One-Day International history had today’s ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match in Cardiff been an official match.
India recovered from a poor start to rack up 308 for six from their 50 overs, with Australia then clueless against Umesh Yadav and bowled out for a pitiful 65.
Yadav took all of the first five wickets to fall in the Australian run chase as they slipped to 28 for five. He bowled three of the top four and also sent David Warner packing for his second successive duck.
Stand-in captain George Bailey was one of his victims, with regular skipper Michael Clarke ruled out because of a recurrence of his back injury. Only two batsmen - Phil Hughes (14) and Adam Voges (23) reached double figures - as Ishant Sharma took three wickets to help mop up the tail.
Clarke’s injury aside, the day had actually begun well for Australia as, for once, the two new balls seemed to pose problems. India slumped to 55 for five as Mitchell Starc had Murali Vijay trapped leg-before and Virat Kohli caught down the leg-side.
His opening colleague Clint McKay also chipped in with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, both bowled, while Mitchell Johnson sent Shikhar Dhawan back for 17.
It was then over to Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who added a monumental 211 for the sixth wicket to take India to their imposing total of 308 for six. They undoubtedly benefited from Australia’s decision not to utilise a spinner and tucked into the relatively one-dimensional attack on show.
Karthik completed his second hundred in as many games and has given one or two of India's top order reason worry ahead of their opening game against South Africa on Thursday. He ended not out on 146 off 140 balls, with Dhoni falling just before the end of the innings for a typically destructive 91 off only 77 deliveries.
© Cricket World 2013
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