Australia completed a dramatic T20 World Cup warm-up win over New Zealand in Abu Dhabi after a thrilling final over.
With the game going down to the wire, Inglis hit two fours off two balls to win the match with one ball to spare and gather some much-needed momentum ahead of their World Cup opener.
However, David Warner carried his poor recent IPL form into the game in what was his first Australian appearance since January as he was out first ball of the innings for a golden duck.
It was Warner’s first time in the middle for more than a month after his controversial fall from favour at Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, so the rustiness was inevitable when he edged Tim Southee’s opening ball to the outstretched glove of Martin Guptill.
It was the first time since India completed the Test series victory at the Gabba in mid-January that Warner and Steve Smith had line-up together for the national side and the latter fared better than the former, scoring 35 from 30 balls.
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However, concerns still remain over the middle order for the World Cup, with neither Smith nor Marcus Stoinis (28) able to push down the required run rate during their fourth wicket partnership of 48 as they chased down New Zealand’s total of 158.
That left the worry that if New Zealand were able to take a couple of quick wickets then Australia could find themselves in serious trouble – which they did after three wickets fell in five balls.
That left Inglis, who looks set to play second fiddle behind Matthew Wade, to find the boundary with the only two balls he faced to see Australia claim a three-wicket win with a ball to spare.
Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were amongst those rested as Justin Langer experimented with new combinations in their first warm-up game.
Mitch Marsh was selected at No.3, with Smith and Stoinis at No.4 and No.5 respectively, while Wade took the gloves, perhaps in a hint to what Langer – the sole selector on the tour – is thinking.
Adam Zampa’s 2-17 was impressive but it wasn’t until Kane Richardson sprang into life at the end of the Kiwi innings that he had some support in the bowling department.
Richardson closed off the innings with figures of 3-24 from his four overs, restricting New Zealand to 158 when they looked on course to set Australia a total of 180-plus.