India Vs Cricket XI Australia: Updates from Warm-Up Match

India Vs Cricket XI Australia 2018 warm-up match highlights:

  • Aaron Hardie and Harry Nielsen have put on a stand of 70 plus for the seventh wicket
  • A flurry of wickets in the second session on Day 3 saw India pick up 4 wickets in short time
  • India earlier made 358 on Day 2 with half-centuries from Virat Kohli (64), Prithvi Shaw (66). Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Ajinkya Rahane (56), and Hanuma Vihari (53)

India Vs Cricket XI Australia 2018 warm-up match highlights

After a dominating first session by Cricket XI Australia on Day 3 of the warm-up match saw the hosts pull away from India’s reach, the Indian unit bounded back in the second session with Mohammed Shami leading India’s charge. From 213-2, Australia was pegged back to 234-6 by India’s pacers with Shami being the most successful of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3-54.

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Going ahead with India Vs Cricket XI Australia 2018 warm-up match highlights, starting the day on 24-0 looking to get as close to India’s first innings 358. Cricket XI Australia began the test match’s penultimate day with the front foot.  Making light work of the Indian bowling attack, Australia’s top order piled on the runs, going into lunch at 178-2 with Shami and Ashwin proving to be the only successful bowlers for India.

India Vs Cricket XI Australia 2018 warm-up match

In what has been the biggest talking point of Day 3 so far as India’s opener and first innings half-centurion Prithvi Shaw suffering an ankle ligament injury, ruling him out of the first test match. He sustained the injury while going for a boundary catch during which he twisted his ankle, falling awkwardly to aggravate the injury.  Hospital scans confirmed the extent of his injury for which he will undergo an “intensive rehabilitation program” to become available at the earliest for the Indian side.

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The Sun finally shone on Indians before tea with 4 wickets in 21 runs bringing them right back into the match. Post the tea break, Australia’s lower middle order steadied their mid-innings collapse with Aaron Hardie and Harry Nielsen holding fort, putting on a good partnership to take their side past the 300 run mark. As of now, India has introduced Virat Kohli into the attack with the skipper taking to the bowling crease in a rare sight as India look to shake things up.

Earlier in the test match, India had put in a mighty showing with the bat with five half-centuries from Virat Kohli (64), Prithvi Shaw (66). Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Ajinkya Rahane (56), and Hanuma Vihari (53) getting the Indian batting unit off to a positive start.

Despite India’s dominance with the bat in the first two sessions of the day, reaching 169/2 at the lunch break, they were restricted to 358 from 92 overs as Australia came back strongly after taking the second new ball. A collapse by the lower middle-order saw them fail to capitalize on the good starts provided by the top order, slumping below the 400 run mark, a total that was looking on the cards at one point.
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