Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey sparkled with half-centuries but rest of India's batsmen put up a lackluster performance before the bowlers came good to hand the team a 64-run win over a second string Western Australia XI in the warm-up one-day cricket match at the WACA, in Perth, on Saturday.
Having won the first practice Twenty20, the Indians managed to hit the right notes in bowling after an erratic batting performance at the WACA. After managing 249 all out in 49.1 overs, the Indians packed WA XI for 185 in 49.2 overs.
Electing to bat, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side did not have the best of starts, losing two quick wickets but Rohit Sharma (67) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) stitched an 88-run third-wicket partnership to help the visitors put up a respectable score.
Shikhar Dhawan (4) and Virat Kohli (7), who were top- scorers in the first warm-up T20 game on Friday, failed to get going as they fell to new-ball bowler Drew Porter, who bagged a five-wicket haul.
The Western Australia bowlers kept pegging things back with regular wickets and Rahane's departure once again spelt trouble for the Men in Blue.
Pandey then put his hand up to contribute with a well-made 58 and stake his claim for a place in the middle-order in the absence of Suresh Raina.
Pandey, who hit three fours in his 59-ball stay, managed a 60-run seventh-wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (26) to pace up the innings.
Porter (5-37) made life difficult for the Indian batsmen on a fast and bouncy track while leg-spinner James Muirhead chipped in with two scalps. Pace spearhead David Moody and leg-spinner Liam O'Connor bagged a wicket apiece.
In reply, the William Bosisto-led side started on a cautious note against a disciplined Indian attack led by Umesh Yadav (1-29), but soon hit a rough patch after losing a couple of wickets.
Yadav drew first blood with the wicket of Bosisto (13) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-32) soon sprung into action to send back D'Arcy Short (10).
Ravindra Jadeja (2-38) and Rishi Dhawan (2-28) also struck in quick succession as WA soon started losing their way. Jadeja trapped opener Jake Carder LBW for 45.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-29) got wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis for 17, while Ashwin struck again to get Porter (10) caught behind.
Both the teams were allowed to play all 14 members of their squad in the 50-over game with only 11 allowed to bat and field at a time.
The first of the five ODIs starts January 12 at the same venue.
Rohit c Short b Muirhead 67
Dhawan c Muirhead b Porter 4
Kohli lbw b Porter 7
Rahane b Muirhead 41
Gurkeerat c Inglis b Porter 6
Pandey c Carder b Moody 58
Dhoni st Inglis b O'Connor 15
Jadeja c Carder b Porter 26
Patel not out 8
Rishi Dhawan run out 0
Ashwin c Inglis b Porter 4
Extras: (LB-1, W-12) 13
Total: (all out in 49.1 overs) 249
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-19, 3-107, 4-125, 5-131, 6-171, 7-231, 8-243, 9-244
Bowling: Moody 6-1-24-1, Porter 9.1-0-37-5, Turner 5-0-33-0, Bevilaqua 9-0-37-0, Muirhead 10-0-55-2, O'Connor 6-0-37-1, Bosisto 4-0-25-0
Western Australia XI innings:
Bosisto c Dhoni b Yadav 13
Carder lbw b Jadeja 45
Short b Ashwin 10
Hobson c Dhoni b R Dhawan 4
Inglis b Patel 17
Porter c Dhoni b Ashwin 10
Morgan c Rohit b R Dhawan 50
Muirhead c Gurkeerat b Jadeja 11
Moody c & b Patel 8
Turner not out 2
O'Connor c Yadav b Gurkeerat 0
Extras: (LB-6, W-9) 15
Total: (all out in 49.2 overs) 185
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-61, 3-70, 4-96, 5-98, 6-127, 7-154, 8-182, 9-183
Bowling: Yadav 7-0-29-1, Sran 7-1-22-0, Rishi 7-1-28-2, Jadeja 10-0-38-2, Ashwin 10-1-32-2, Patel 8-0-29-2, Gurkeerat Singh 0.2-0-1-1.
Image: Rohit Sharma
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