Australia contrive to lose warm-up to Mumbai

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If there was any consolation for England yesterday it was provided by Australia, who lost by seven runs to a Mumbai XI.

Mumbai scored 218 for 8 as Rohit Sharma was allowed to bat twice, the second time scoring 41 not out in 19 balls as "Wilkin Mota" on the scorecard. Australia then awarded Mumbai an extra 81 runs, deciding they needed a target of 300. In the event the slow pitch defied them and Adam Gilchrist's 65-ball 61 was in vain in a total of 292 for 9.

Nilesh Kulkarni took five wickets - Gilchrist and Shane Watson had put on 96, but Gilchrist was the first of Kulkarni's victims. After Watson departed to the same bowler, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn added 106. However, with spinners bowling from both ends, Ponting perished soon after reaching his 50.

Andrew Symonds hit 35 off 24 balls, but Aniket Redkar - an off-spinner - trapped him in front. Redkar sent back Michael Clarke and Zaheer Khan yorked Michael Hussey for 2. Batsmen then fell quickly as Australia finished just short.

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