India had a perfect start to the much anticipated tour of Australia at Perth today. The Western Australia XI v India T20 match ended with a resounding victory for Dhoni’s men, who overpowered the unimpressive Aussies by a margin of 74 runs. After posting a mammoth 192/4 on the board, India managed to keep Western Australian down to 118/6 .
India bat first, Dhawan and Kohli set the tempo
The Indian innings was jolted very early by the unfortunate run out of opener Rohit Sharma in the 3rd over. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scripted a fascinating 149-run stand for the 2nd wicket to lift the Indian spirits and push for a massive total for the bowlers to play with. Both batsmen, put under fire recently for being inconsistent in limited overs cricket, scored brilliant half centuries to begin their tour. Even though the Aussies managed to pull things back in the last 4 overs, with the quick wickets of Kohli, Dhawan and Rahane, MS Dhoni’s quickfire 14-ball-22 took took India past the 190-run mark.
Indian bowlers on the mark, Travis Birt wages lone battle
The Western Australian innings turned out to be a poor one-man show, as none of the batsmen other than Travis Birt could get going. Barring Birt’s 74 and Josh Inglish’s 11, none of the other batsmen could register a double digit score. Barinder Sran, India’s surprise pick for the tour, impressed one and all with figures of 4-0-24-2. Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja bowled with admirable discipline and bagged 2 wickets each. Despite Birt’s valiant effort, the chase looked dead well before the halfway mark, and the last few overs turned out to be mere formality for the visiting party.