Sran, Kohli and Dhawan shine as India win opener

Batting first, India scored a healthy 192 for four in 20 overs with Dhawan and Kohli contributing 74 runs each. The duo added 149 runs for the second wicket after Rohit Sharma (6) missed out on a run feast on a bouncy WACA wicket.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shared a second-wicket partnership of 149 runs.   -  R. V. Moorthy

India started their limited-overs tour of Australia on a positive note, comprehensively beating a second-string Western Australia XI by 74 runs in a Twenty20 warm-up game here today with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan striking fluent half-centuries.

Batting first, India scored a healthy 192 for four in 20 overs with Dhawan and Kohli contributing 74 runs each. The duo added 149 runs for the second wicket after Rohit Sharma (6) missed out on a run feast on a bouncy WACA wicket.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, also hit a quick-fire 22 off 14 balls.

In reply, Western Australia XI could only manage 118 for six as rookie left-arm speedster Barinder Sran bowled impressively to notch up figures of two for 24 from four overs.

More importantly, Sran hit the right length, hurried the batsmen with short balls and also showed his skills of being able to swing the white kookaburra at a lively pace.

He got opener Darcy Short (5) with a delivery that kicked up as the batsmen was hurried into playing a shot and an easy catch was taken at mid-wicket.

Sran also got rival skipper Will Bosisto (1) with a delivery that was just short of three-quarter but Bosisto, trying to hit over long,-on provided an easy skier for Ravichandran Ashwin.

Western Australia were never in the match save for former Australia opener Travis Birt, who scored an unbeaten 74 off 60 balls.

Among other bowlers, left-arm spinners Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja had identical figures of two for 13 from three overs. In all, Dhoni used six bowlers resting Ishant Sharma for tomorrow's warm-up one day match.

Earlier, Test captain Kohli came back from a well-deserved break and warmed up nicely with a 44-ball 74 that had seven boundaries and three sixes.

Dhawan, whose form has been patchy of late, also looked in good touch as he played 46 balls hitting eight boundaries and an equal number of sixes.

The Delhi duo was helped by the fact that the ball came onto the bat nicely and they were able to play their strokes in free-flowing manner.

Dhawan hooked fast bowler Matthew Kelly for a couple of sixes and also punished leg-spinner James Muirhead with a slog-swept six over deep mid-wicket.

Kohli, on his part, looked more solid as he hit medium pacer David Moody for two sixes including one that was pulled in front of square. He also flicked Kelly for his third six.

BRIEF SCORES

Indians 192 for four in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 74, Virat Kohli 74, M. S. Dhoni 22 n.o.; Ryan Duffield one for 21) beat Western Australia XI 118 for six in 20 overs (Travis Birt 74 n.o.; Barinder Sran two for 24, Ravindra Jadeja two for 13, Axar Patel two for 13) by 74 runs.