5th over: Australia 44-0 (Warner 23, Marsh 21) Another good shot from Warner, flicking Bumrah behind square leg and beating the fine leg for four. That after Jadeja stopped a Marsh cut on the boundary to save three runs with a good dive.
4th over: Australia 37-0 (Warner 18, Marsh 19) Now Warner is up and running: width from Siraj for the left-hander, and he slashes an angled bat at it, hitting it firmly through cover for a four that is more pragmatic than aesthetic. More style points for his next big shot though! Picks it off from an off-stump line, Siraj maybe hoping it would swing into the pads but it holds true, and Warner sends it soaring over wide long on for six. And he goes again to close the over! Full pitch, straight swing of the bat, six more right over the sightscreen! Cop that.
3rd over: Australia 21-0 (Warner 2, Marsh 19) First ball of this over gets schpanked! Not the classical cover drive this time, the brutish straight drive. Marsh gets under Bumrah’s fuller length and hits him over the top for four. Plays a couple with an open face, not beating the field, then drops short and Marsh bangs him for six. Hefty pull shot, plenty of top edge in it, so it hangs over the boundary before dropping, but it goes well in front of square. Nothing but middle on the fifth ball though, smoked through point for four! Width gets a big square drive. Bumrah closes the over with a slower yorker that Marsh defends.
2nd over: Australia 7-0 (Warner 2, Marsh 5) Siraj to share the new ball, and starts well, swinging the ball, drawing some false shots. Warner particularly can’t time him, miscues a couple of shots. Two singles from the over.
1st over: Australia 5-0 (Warner 1, Marsh 4) Good first over from Bumrah. Has Warner playing carefully off the back foot for a few, defending away before taking a single. Marsh has no such impulse: on the front foot first ball, stroking through the covers for four. Lovely shot.
Bumrah versus Warner to begin. We’re underway…
Changes galore! Matt Short out for Marsh, Josh Inglis for Maxwell in the middle, Sean Abbott and Spencer Johnson for Starc and Cummins, and Tanveer Sangha in his ODI debut (!) for Adam Zampa.
Kohli will open, pairing with Rohit to replace Gill and Ruturaj Gaekwad. KL Rahul played last time but will keep wicket in place is Ishan Kishan, who is ill. That brings SKY and Jadeja up the order with Washington Sundar in at seven. Then Kuldeep replaces Ravichandran Ashwin, with Bumrah and Siraj for Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami.
Alex Carey +
Pat Cummins *
Rohit Sharma *
KL Rahul +
As we suspected, the chance to put a score up instead of being pulverised is appealing. Although Shubman Gill is being rested, which shows a poor understanding of his pursuit of the ODI calendar year runs record.
One last chance. One chance for some good vibes for Australia ahead of the World Cup. Ok, sure, there will be a couple of official warm-up games too, ones that aren’t official ODIs, after these unofficial warm-up games that are official ODIs. But you know what I mean. Australia got battered last time out, taken for 399 by India’s batting. They would probably like to bat first at Rajkot.
Lots of chances for fringe players in this series, but some of the big guns are coming back now. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will for India, Australia will get Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, maybe Glenn Maxwell too. Could be fun.