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Indian Cricketers Shine against Australia XI in the Warm-up Match

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Indian Cricketers Shine against Australia XI in the Warm-up Match

November 25
10:46 2014

ashwin 2Adelaide, Tuesday, November 25 – Indian cricketers lately landed on the Australian soil to compete in the 4-match Test series, which starts on December 4. Prior to the crucial contest, India and Australia XI confronted each other in the warm-up match at Glenelg, Adelaide, on Monday.

Ashton Turner, the skipper of Australia XI, won the toss and chose to bat first, in order to accumulate more runs and set tough target against the guest. The 2-day match is crucial to gain pace and momentum before the key contest kicks off early next month. Stand-in captain Virat Kohli seemed poised.

The Day 1 completely belonged to the bowling line-up of India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, leading wicket taker Varun Aaron, Karn Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin made the opponents to collapse as early as possible. Australia XI put 219 runs on the scoreboard, followed by Kohli-led team India reaching 55/1 at stumps.

Australia XI’s decision to bat nullified as Matthew Short was dismissed at zero when Kumar bowled a beautiful delivery. His dismissal made the captain to come on the crease and lend a hand to the wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters, who started well and was the highest scorer with 58 runs (6 boundaries). Aaron took wickets of Turner (29 runs; together with a couple of boundaries and a six) and Nick Stevens (0 run of 2 balls).  Carters fell short to the all-rounder Ashwin. At this stage, the host appeared to be in real trouble but Kelvin Smith tried to take the pressure off by playing a 40-run knock, which comprised 7 fours, prior throwing his wicket to 24-year-old Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Alexander Gregory was out by Aaron at 3, while both Jonte Pattison and Josh Lalor succumbed to Shami post scoring 7 and 18 runs, respectively. David Moody had to leave early as he was out for a duck. Harry Nielsen (43 runs of 40 balls; 4 x 7), who remained unbeaten till the end, and Harry Conway were the last pair on the 22 yards pitch to go for biggies and give a difficult target to the rivals. Despite the fact that Conway only scored 7, inclusive of a 4, he faced 45 balls to stay on the pitch a bit long than expected and gave Nielsen an opportunity to keep on hoarding runs earlier than losing wicket the leg break bowler Karn Sharma.

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan started India’s innings. The opener Vijay was impressive as he pocketed a striking half-century of 82 balls, consisting of 8 boundaries. Dhawan couldn’t go far and hit 10 runs (with 4 x 2). Cheteshwar Pujara’s 55 runs were valuable for the team and his individual performance. Both Pujara and Vijay were retired out as they utilized the given opportunity in the best way possible. The 26-year-old part-time skipper Kohli played a knock of 60 runs before being sent back to the dressing room by M Short. Ajinkya Rahane (1 run) was stunned by Sam Grimwade and failed to play optimal innings. With the help of 4 fours, destructive hitter Rohit Sharma attained 23 runs earlier than J Lalor got his crucial wicket.

Jonte Pattison poured efforts to take wickets and made Suresh Raina, who made 44 runs of 49 balls; 4 x 5 and 6 x 2, to depart. Ravichandran Ashwin did not succeed to go ahead and hardly amassed 6 runs. As per latest available reports, Saha and Karn are correspondingly batting at 51 and 24 runs. The youngsters sent the ball into the fences on more than a few occasions, creating trouble for the Aussies. Indians are leading by 110 runs. The probability of additional runs is on the cards as 2 wickets remain in hand. If they keep the good show on then possibility of ending up with a victory will be high. Audiences keenly wait for amazing tournament to begin soon as it is imperative for both India and Australia especially when only 89 days remaining for World Cup to embark on.

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