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Tour match: Aaron grabs four as CA XI bowled out for 243

Last updated on: December 04, 2014 15:27 IST
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There was no toss and India were allowed to bowl first.

The players and officials, wearing black armbands, observed a minute's silence before the start of play.

India ended the day on 99 for 2 in the first innings

Varun Aaron 

Varun Aaron of India. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The tragedy of Phillip Hughes's shocking death hung like a dark cloud over the Gliderol Stadium on Thursday as India shifted focus to cricket in a hastily arranged two-day practice match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Varun Aaron (4-41) generated enough bounce to stake claim for a place in the starting side for next week's first Test, while leg-spinner Karn Sharma returned figures of 3-54 as Cricket Australia XI folded for 243 in the 69th over.

Exactly a week after Hughes succumbed to a fatal blow to his head by a bouncer, Jordan Silk was hit on the grill of his helmet by a rising Mohammad Shami delivery but the Tasmanian opener shrugged it off and went on to score 58 runs.

"I tried to keep my eye on it as best I could. That happens I guess in cricket," Silk said.

For India, who finished the day 99-2, opener Shikhar Dhawan was out for a golden duck while both Murali Vijay (39) and Virat Kohli (30) got reprieves to remain unbeaten.

A day after Hughes's funeral, the mood was sombre at the ground where a tribute reading "RIP P HUGHES 408" was displayed on the scoreboard, referring to Hughes being the 408th Australian Test cricketer.

The Indians put their bats out before the start of the tour game as a tribute to Hughes, who died three days before his 26th birthday.

There was no toss and India were allowed to bowl first. The players and officials, wearing black armbands, observed a minute's silence before the start of play.

Adelaide hosts the first India versus Australia Test from Tuesday. Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are the other venues in the four-match series.

Scorecard

Cricket Australia XI (1st innings):

R Carters c Dhawan b Shami 1

J Silk c Raina b Aaron 58

A Turner b Aaron 0

M Short c Saha b Shami 19

A Keath c Pujara b Sharma 19

J Doran c Kohli b Sharma 25

S Gotch not out 58

E Gulbis b Aaron 1

J Lalor c Shami b Jadeja 21

J Pattison c Yadav b Sharma 16

S Rainbird c Raina b Aaron 4

Extras: ( B 3, LB 9, W 0, NB 9) 21

Total: (in 68.3 overs) 243

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-6, 3-34, 4-105, 5-111, 6-158, 7-159, 8-197, 9-229, 10-243.

Bowling: M Shami12-0-37-2, V Aaron14.3-2-41-4, U Yadav12-2-47-0, I Sharma11-2-37-0, K Sharma13-2-7-3, R Jadeja 6-2-12-1

Indians (1st innings):

M Vijay not out 39

S Dhawan c Pattison b Lalor 0

C Pujara c Turner b Lalor 22

V Kohli not out 30

To bat: A Rahane, S Raina, R Sharma, W Saha, R Jadeja, K Sharma, M Shami.

Extras: (B 0, LB 3, W 0, NB 5) 8

Total: (for 2 wkts, 29.0 overs): 99

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-36.

Bowling: S Rainbird 10-1-41-0, J Lalor 8-2-18-2, E Gulbis 5-2-10-0, D Moody 6-1-27-0

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