India wins second warm-up game against WA XI

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 Western Australia XI for 185 in 49.2 overs.

Rohit Sharma steadied India's innings after they lost two early wickets.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey sparkled with half-centuries but rest of India's batsmen put up a lacklustre 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 here today.

Having won the first practice Twenty20, the Indians once 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 Western Australia 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 yesterday, 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.

But the tail failed to wag and Rishi Dhawan's (0) run-out didn't help matters and the visitors could not last their full quota of 50 overs.

Porter (five for 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 (one for 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 (two for 32) soon sprung into action to send back D'Arcy Short (10).

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Bowling coach lauds Barinder Sran

Impressed with the guile in spin and firepower in pace department, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun on Saturday said rookie Barinder Sran, being a left-armer, gives the team "added advantage", and indicated the chances of including him in the upcoming opening ODI.

India relied on half centuries from Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey and a disciplined bowling effort to record a 64-run win over a second string Western Australia XI in the warm-up one-day cricket match.

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Arun seemed a satisfied man with the way the match panned out.

Asked about the 23-year-old Sran, Arun said, "He is a bowler with a lot of potential. He has been pretty impressive in the two games that he has played. So that's good and being a left-armer he gives us the added advantage. And we have somebody whom we can groom to become a good bowler in the future for us."

"If he has got the ability then why not. It is a bilateral series and we have to try out the potential bowlers that we have. He has been impressive so far," he said when asked about the possibility of playing Sran in the opening fixture.

BRIEF SCORES

Indians 249 in 49.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 67, Ajinkya Rahane 41, Manish Pandey 58; Drew Porter five for 37, James Muirhead two for 55) beat Western Australia XI 185 in 49.2 overs (Jake Carder 45, Jaron Morgan 50; Rishi Dhawan two for 28, Axar Patel two for 29) by 64 runs.