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The Indian batsmen made merry on a green track at Adelaide as they scored 363-8 against Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide when the match was called off as a token of respect towards Philip Hughes’ incident. The two-day warm-up match ended in a draw. After bundling out the hosts for a partly 219 in the first day of the two day match, the Indian batsmen had a good hit in the middle as they are getting geared up for the first Test match at Brisbane in 9 days’ time. As many as five Indian batsmen scored half-centuries.
Resuming from an overnight score of 55-1, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted sensibly and negotiated the threat in the first hour. Both scored their fifties and retired, giving their teammates a chance to prove themselves ahead of the series. Ajinkya Rahane didn’t last long as he was dismissed caught behind by Ryan Carters off Sam Grimwade. Rohit Sharma joined skipper Virat Kohli in the middle and looked comfortable for a big innings. But he was unfortunately given leg before wicket off Josh Lalor. But Kohli remained defiant and in the partnership of Suresh Raina, revived the Indian innings. The duo put on 55 run stand for the sixth wicket before Raina got out for a well-made 44 off 49 balls. Wriddhiman Saha replaced Raina and batted with responsibility and stretched India’s lead over 100 in spite of Virat Kohli and R Ashwin returning to the pavilion within a short interval.
Karn Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha shared an unbeaten 78 run partnership for the ninth wicket when the play came to a close. India had took a healthy lead of 144 in the first innings. Virat Kohli scored 60 and Saha and Karn remained not-out on 56 and 52 respectively.
Brief Scores: Cricket Australia XI 219 (Carters 58, Aaron 3-72) drew with Indians 8 for 363 (Kohli 60, Saha 56*, Pujara 55, Karn 52*, Vijay 51)
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