I wanted to challenge Mohammed Shami a bit: Rohit Sharma | I wanted to challenge Mohammed Shami a bit: Rohit Sharma

Digital desktop. Brisbane. The visiting team needed 11 runs to fight back in the final of India’s first warm-up match against Australia at The Gabba on Monday. Captain Rohit Sharma stunned senior pacer Mohammed Shami, who had yet to bowl in the match, with the ball.

Shami bowled for the first time since July and after missing the bilateral T20Is against Australia and South Africa, he took three wickets in which Australia lost the last four wickets, giving India a six-run victory. India would be more pleased if Shami used the yorkers at the last two dances to send off Josh Inglis and Kane Richardson.

India captain Rohit Sharma said he always had the same plan, you see what they did. To be honest, he is back after a long time. So we wanted to give it one more. This was the plan from the beginning. He is a much better bowler. We know how deadly he can be with the new ball. We just wanted to challenge them a bit.

Batted first, India posted a challenging 186/7. Half a century from KL Rahul (57) and Suryakumar Yadav (50) were the main factors for India to post a good score on a good pitch at The Gabba. But Rohit felt that losing three wickets in the last five overs was not right.

I thought we hit well. In the end, we could have added 10-15 more races. This is something we are talking about. We want the established hitter to hit long and to the end, which Surya did to some extent. Overall it was a brilliant hitting effort.

With The Gabba having big caps, Rohit felt it was good practice for India to hit with the kind of dimensions they would regularly face in the T20 World Cup. Rohit also said that India will look to improve further in future matches as India will play their second warm-up match against New Zealand at the same venue on Wednesday.

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