Practice match at Canberra drawn
India’s second practice match on their tour of Australia, against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra ended in a draw on Wednesday.
Batting first, India posted 269 in their innings helped by Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli’s gutsy 132. The Chairman’s XI were 214/7 overnight thanks to a fine 109 from Ed Cowan, who earned a call up to the Australian squad for the Boxing Day Test with his knock. RCB medium pacer Abhimanyu Mithun took 1/23, dismissing the dangerous, in-form David Warner. Zaheer Khan, on whom all eyes were, was more reserved in his efforts bowling 10 overs for 41 runs and taking no wickets. The RCB spearhead also didn’t field, instead rushing to dressing room when his spells ended.
The Chairman’s XI declared on 215/7 when play resumed on the third and final day with the teams agreeing to bat 30 overs each.
Virender Sehwag made 8 to follow his 12 from the first innings, Ajinkya Rahane laboured to a 16 ball duck, Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 42 and Rohit Sharma on a fluent 38 in India’s second innings. India declared on 90/2 setting the Chairman’s XI a target of 145 runs.
Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja added 100 runs in just 30 overs. Khawaja reached his half century to finish on 56* while Hughes had to contend with his 42*. Both failed to make the Australian squad for the first Test.
Zaheer Khan had a much better outing in the second innings, bowling 5 overs including a maiden for just 13 runs. He showed better discipline than he had in the first innings where he hadn’t looked like picking up a wicket. Abhimanyu Mithun didn’t get a chance to bowl in the second innings.
India’s first Test of the tour begins on Boxing Day, 26th December at Melbourne where they take on the Australians at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Michael Clarke (Captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Dan Christian, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.