India started their Australian sojourn on a thunderous note with the top order racking up 192 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs against Western Australia XI on Friday.
The T20 practice game played at WACA in Perth saw Indian captain MS Dhoni winning the toss and electing to bat first. Although Rohit Sharma couldn’t make the most of a second string bowling attack of the hosts, Shikhan Dhawan and Virat KOhli toyed with the opposition, plundering boundaries at ease.
Rohit was ran out by Liam O’Connor for 6, but the Indian vice-captain looked in murderous mood smashing seven fours and three maximums in his 44-ball 74 innings. Along with Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 74 off 46 balls (8×4, 3×6), the Indian Test captain stitched together a 149-run partnership at a run rate of 10.51.
Kohli got a thick edge off the bowling of Josh Nicholas to Kohli and was caught by wicket keeper Josh Inglis when he dived to his right to grab the looping ball. Dhawan departed when he failed to make good use of a full toss and was snapped up at mid-wicket by D’Arcy Short off the bowling of Matthew Kelly. Ajinkya Rahane (2) was another batsman who dismissed cheaply by Ryan Duffield.
Dhoni came in at No. 4 and immediately pressed on the gas scoring 22 runs off 14 balls and remained unbeaten till the end with Gurkeerat Singh Mann (0 n o) and thus steered India past the 190-run mark. India will also play a 50-over game with this second string side as the first team of Western Australia which is better known as Perth Scorchers, is currently playing in the Big Bash League.