Indian team stunned by Western Australia XI in practice match; lose by 36 runs

Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian team was shocked by Western Australia XI in the second practice match at WACA ground on Thursday. Chasing 169 runs to win, India could only manage 132/8 in 20 overs. KL Rahul was the top scorer for India with 74 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler, picking three wickets.

India began the run-chase watchfully, with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant attempting to see off the preliminary swing and seam of the brand-new ball. Western Australian pacers Jason Behrendorff and Matthew Kelly bowled a disciplined line and length.

In trying to break the shackles Pant perished in the fifth over for 9 runs off 11 balls. Deepak Hooda was promoted at No 3 didn’t make a mark and was despatched again to the dressing room by Lance Morris for a paltry 6(9).

Hardik Pandya walked in to bat at quantity 4 and instantly made an influence because the all-rounder smashed two huge sixes inside fast area. The batter, nonetheless, was not capable of carry his innings ahead and was despatched packing by Hamish Mckenzie for 17(9).

All-rounder Axar Patel was despatched forward in the pursuit of some fast runs however the left-hander performed a scratchy inning of 2(7) earlier than bowing out to Morris in the thirteenth over leaving the workforce at 79/4 in the thirteenth over.

India’s lately designated finisher Dinesh Karthik then partnered with Rahul to take India past the 100-run mark however was unable to shut the match, in contrast to the last few matches the place he hit the profitable runs. He was dismissed for 10(14) in the sixteenth over leaving India struggling at 107/6 on the finish of the 16 overs.

Rahul was dismissed for 74 off 55 balls which included 9 boundaries and two sixes. India ended their inning at 132/8 giving Western Australia a 36-run win.

Brief Scores: 

Western Australia 168/8 (Nick Hobson 64, D’Arcy Short 52; R Ashwin 3/32)

India 132/8 (KL Rahul 74, Hardik Pandya 17; Lance Morris 2/23)