Australia vs India warm-up match highlights :-
- The four-day practice match ended in a draw
- India closed the match at 211-1 in their 2nd innings with Vijay on 129 and Rahul making 62
- Earlier in the day, Australia had made 544 in their first innings to take a 186 run lead over India
Cricket XI Australia and India played out a draw in the one and only warm-up match for the Indians before they commence their four-match test series against Australia. With day one of the four-day affair being washed out due to stern rains, the two sides played out a competitive contest on the ensuing three days, one that was headlined by some mammoth batting performances from both the sides.
Australia vs India warm-up match
Batting first, India had made 358 in their first innings with the entire top order getting important runs under their belt. Looking set for a mammoth 400 plus total at one point, India’s middle-lower order had crumbled in front of the second new ball fold their innings prematurely.
Making the most of a pitch that offered little bounce and pace on account of the humidity present at the venue, Australia’s batters piled on the misery in Australia vs India warm-up match. Notching a mammoth 544 in their first innings, Australia made light work of India’s bowling line-up which saw India test their fifth bowling options with Vihari(0-34), Virat Kohli (1-27) and Murali Vijay (0-17) sending down 13 overs between them.
Despite some huge innings in the Australian innings, the highlight was Indian captain Virat Kohli stepping up to the bowling crease. Paired with an unorthodox action and a mix of medium pace and spin, Kohli caught everyone’s eyes as he picked up his wicket, a feat he achieved with a huge laugh on his face. Harry Nielsen (100) was out caught at mid-off as he hit a skier off Kohli, much to the amusement of the Indian skipper.
Mohammed Shami (3-97), R Ashwin (2-122 in 40 overs), Ishant Sharma (1-73 in 22 overs) took the majority of the toll on them, bowling most of the overs in Australia Vs India warm-up match.
Trailing Australia by 186 runs, India’s openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay dug in the middle to get some important runs for themselves. While Rahul (62) finally played an innings of worth in a long time, Vijay brought up his 100, reaching the figure with 26 runs off Jake Carder’s over. The two innings saw India play out the remainder of play on the final day comfortably, ending at 211-1 in their second innings.
Despite the warm-up match being played against a not so strong Cricket XI outfit with most of their players involved in the Shield Cup, the Indian camp will be happy with the way the match played out for them. The entire batting unit sweated it out at the crease, getting a fair taste of the Australian conditions. It was a test of the bowling contingent as well as they tried and tested different line and lengths to get the most purchase out of the Sydney pitch which gave a glimpse of what India will play on in the upcoming four test matches.
The Test series between India and Australia will begin from December 6 with the first Test being played in Adelaide.
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