The Indians kick started their long tour down under on the right note against the Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide. The bowlers hogged the limelight in the day 1 of the 2 day practice match as they bundled out the hosts for 219 in their first innings. In reply, India ended the day at 55-1.
The Indian bowlers made the full use of the early conditions after being asked to field by CA XI skipper Ashton Turner. Bhuvneshwar Kumar drew the first blood as he dismissed Matthew Short in the fifth ball of the innings. Ryan Carters and Ashton Turner stitched together a 51 run partnership before Varun Aaron struck. He took 2 wickets in three balls as he dismissed Turner and Nick Stevens to jolt the reserve Aussie team.
Carters, who looked in good touch put on a 74 run fourth wicket stand with Kelvin Smith who was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slips. Soon Carters fell to Ashwin, caught behind after reaching a well-made fifty. Alex Gregory too followed Carters to the pavilion giving Aaron his third wicket. It was when Mohammad Shami came to the party and reduced the hosts for 167-9.
It was a familiar territory for the Indians as they had the habit of letting the tailenders score a lot of runs against them in the past. Once again it happened as Harry Neilson and Harry Conway added 52 runs for the last wicket before Karn Sharma had Conway stumped for 7. Nielson was unbeaten on 47. Varun Aaron finished with 3-72 and was well backed by Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Karn who had a figures of 2-32, 2-52 and 2-30 respectively. Wriddhiman Saha took 5 catches behind the stumps and effected a stumping to finish with 6 dismissals. India should work on their fielding as the slip fielders put down three catches today.
India, in reply started briskly but lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan caught by Turner off Josh Lalor for 10. Murali Vijay remained unbeaten on 32 off 47 balls along with Cheteshwar Pujara who was batting on 13.
Brief Scores: CA XI 219 (Carters 52, Aaron 3-72, Bhuvneshwar 2-32) vs India 55-1 (Vijay 32*) trail CA XI by 164 runs at the Stumps on Day 1.
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