There was a moment in Hyderabad when it looked as though India would have it tough, but in the end, their chase was comfortable as the middle order eased them home in a match that felt more like 1999 than 2019.
The middle overs were dominated by India’s spinners hustling through and batsmen unable to break free. Ravindra Jadeja’s ten overs went for just 33 and Kedar Jadhav’s right-arm slingers did a terrific job.
Jadhav’s seven overs were the bulk of the fifth-bowler allocation and that remains one of the areas India need to firm up before the World Cup.
One of the bright spots for Australia early in this tour has been the form of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who might be forcing his way into the World Cup squad with strong lower-order batting and splice-jarring bowling spells. He had a frustrating home summer and vented a little at the selectors after being left out of the one-day squad but he could yet find himself in the United Kingdom.
India : Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu/Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia : Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh/ Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff