Australia have been outgunned by Twenty20 World Cup favourites India in their final warm-up match, with top-scorer Steve Smith admitting the IPL has proven a timely boon for the powerhouse.
Smith's knock of 57, coming off 48 balls, helped his side reach 5-152 after they crashed to 3-11 in Dubai.
India cruised to an eight-wicket win in 17.5 overs, delivering a wake-up call with bat and ball as Australia prepare to start their World Cup campaign on Saturday night (AEDT) against South Africa.
Ashton Agar's dismissal of KL Rahul was the only wicket captured by Australia, with Rohit Sharma retiring on 60 to provide batting practice for teammates.
The rare sight of Virat Kohli rolling his arm over confirmed this was very much a tune-up, with seven Indians and eight Australians given a chance to bowl.
But Smith, who was part of Delhi Capitals' squad in the second phase of the IPL but only played two games in that stretch, conceded India provided fresh evidence as to why they deserve the tag of tournament favourites.
"They're a terrific side, they've got all bases covered and some serious match-winners," Smith said.
"They've all been playing in these conditions the last couple of months with the IPL. So they'll be used to that.
"Obviously never easy when you're three down in the first three overs, you have to rebuild for a period there. I thought we did that pretty well, the partnerships with Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) and Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) were important."
Stoinis finished 41 not out, striking Australia's only six of the match and later delivering two overs to prove he has fully recovered from a hamstring injury.
Maxwell scored 37, steadying in a 61-run stand with Smith after David Warner (one), Mitch Marsh (golden duck) and Aaron Finch (eight) departed in a terrible start for Australia.
The form of Warner is a particular worry; he managed a first-ball duck against New Zealand in Australia's other warm-up match after a horror IPL campaign in which he was dropped and deposed as captain.
Warner logged scores of zero and two in what will almost certainly be his final games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, meaning he has spent scant time at the crease since the IPL was first shut down in April.
Pat Cummins, another star who enters this event with limited match practice, finished with figures of 0-33 from four overs in his first match since April.
Smith's knock added further weight to his case for selection, noting the recent IPL stint had been beneficial despite the fact he was so often overlooked by Delhi coach Ricky Ponting.
"I feel like I've been hitting the ball really well," Smith said.
"I haven't played too many games in the IPL but I've spent a lot of time in the nets, working on things and getting used to conditions.
"I feel like I'm in a good place."
The Proteas scored 22 off the final over to beat Pakistan by six wickets, underlining their potency in the warm-up game, while Afghanistan produced a major upset in a 56-run shellacking of defending champions West Indies.
Australian Associated Press
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