Cricket world erupts over Virat Kohli and Steve Smith moment

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Virat Kohli (pictured left) warming up to bowl and (pictured right) Steve Smith facing Kohli during India's T20 match against Australia.
Virat Kohli (pictured left) was handed the ball to bowl at Steve Smith (pictured right) during India's T20 match against Australia. (Images: Twitter)

The cricket world watched on in awe as Virat Kohli was handed the ball and rolled the arm over against rival Steve Smith in India's convincing win against Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup.

India cruised to Australia's target of 5-152 with ease in the T20 World Cup warm-up match, which was treated as such.

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This was no more evident with India using seven bowlers, while Australia used eight.

But the highlight for many cricket fans was when Kohli was tossed the ball for two overs.

And he bowled some medium pace to none other than Australia's mercurial Smith.

Cricket fans went wild over the rare moment.

One fan even pointed out, Smith bowled to Kohli more than 10 years ago when he joined the Australian ODI team as a bowling allrounder.

Despite bowling two overs for 12 runs, it would be unlikely Kohli bowls during the T20 World Cup tournament.

Kohli hasn't bowled since the semi-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Australia's struggles ahead of World Cup

Nevertheless, the one-sided nature of the match will have been a concern for Australia only three days before the start of the competition.

Smith and Glenn Maxwell rebuilt the innings adding 61 in 53 balls before the latter was bowled for 37 off 28 balls. 

But, India cruised to the target with more than two overs to spare with Australia's bowling also poor after dismissing only one batsman.

However, perhaps the most concerning moment in Australia's performance was Warner's dismissal.

The Aussie opener followed a golden duck against New Zealand in the first warm-up with a seven-ball one.

He has now played four innings since April scoring 0, 2, 0, 1, the other two being IPL matches.

with AAP

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