Cricket Australia XI vs India, 4-day practice match Highlights: Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara scoring half-centuries each.
Cricket Australia XI vs India: The Indian batsmen got off to a solid start with the bat in the 4-day practice match against Australia XI at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, with Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara scoring half-centuries each. After the first day was washed off by the rain on Wednesday, the two teams came down for the toss 30 minutes earlier on Thursday. The hosts won the toss and elected to field.
India did not get off to the best of starts with KL Rahul getting dismissed for 3 runs with seamer Jackson Coleman getting his first wicket in the match. Pujara and Shaw struck around in the middle with the latter being the aggressor and scoring a quick half-century. The youngster was dismissed by Daniel Fallin’s for 66. Skipper Virat Kohli carried on to build the partnership with Pujara, who was dismissed for 54 by Like Robbins.
Hanuma Vihari became the fourth batsmen in the day to score a half-century as he stitched an 81-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. The right-handed batsman was dismissed by D’arcy Short for 53, just after Tea. Rahane continued to bat on with Rohit Sharma and took India’s total over 300 in the final session of the day.
The match does not have first-class status, and India has opted to make 14 players available for the game. India will play Australia in the first Test of the four-match series, starting from December 6, 2018.