CA Chairman's XI v Indians, Canberra, 1st day December 19, 2011

Kohli positive after Indian top order wilts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Indians 4 for 162 (Kohli 55*) v CA Chairman's XI

On a rain-hit day in Canberra, the Indian top-order batsmen did not make use of what could be their last chance to bat in a competitive match ahead of the Boxing Day Test. They slipped to 4 for 84 against the CA Chairman's XI, after play had begun two hours and 40 minutes late, before a positive partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steadied the innings.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were rested for this tour match, while Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan were included in the thirteen after sitting out of the first game. Ishant Sharma, whose fitness is still doubtful, also missed out.

After choosing to bat on a gloomy day - there was an interruption for bad light soon after the play finally began - the Indians lost Sehwag for a run-a-ball 12, caught off the bowling of Peter George. Gautam Gambhir, like he had in the first tour game, fell after getting a start. He was bowled for 24 by Jason Behrendorff, who was the most economical of the Chairman XI bowlers with figures of 1 for 8 in nine overs. Ajinkya Rahane, India's reserve opener on the tour, also failed for the second time in two innings, and when he and Gambhir were dismissed in quick succession India had crawled to 3 for 53 in 21 overs.

VVS Laxman showed signs of repairing the innings with Virat Kohli. Laxman struck a couple of fours - including a well-timed on drive - before missing one from left-arm spinner Jon Holland while trying to work it to the leg side. Holland had replaced Doug Bollinger from the Telopea Park end, after the fast bowler - who's looking to work his way back into Australia's Test team - had failed to pick up a wicket.

Rohit Sharma was dropped first ball at short leg, after pushing at a delivery. Kolhi, who's in a race with Rohit for the No. 6 spot in India's batting line-up, counterattacked. He too had a bit of luck early on, edging wide of the slip cordon, but he made the most of it, driving through the covers, pulling and punching down the ground for boundaries.

Kohli brought up his fifty, and Rohit too began to show some aggression. He drove twice through the covers and lofted the ball over long-off to bring up India's 150. The pair added 78 off 104 balls before stumps - though Rohit was dropped once again, by Usman Khawaja in the slip cordon off legspinner Cameron Boyce - to take the Indians to 4 for 162.

The Chairman's XI captain, David Warner, left the field a couple of times during the day to get treatment for a sore back, though it wasn't deemed a serious problem.

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  • kenil on December 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    i expected rahane 2 do well but hes out of form at the moment i suggest he does som bat drills and bats regularly in the nets. he could get india's bowling coach 2 bowl at him n the other indian bowlers. gambhir needs 2 start converting his starts into 50's if not 100's. he needs 2 stop chasing the ball outside off as it always leads 2 his dismissal. he should tak 2 duncan fletcher bout dis prob n he could help him out. i tink sehwag should not try attack straight away wen he opens but he could first settle down n if he does dat den this could be a key ting for india 2 win test matches all over the world n regain dat no 1 test rank n stay ther for a long period

  • Roo on December 21, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @satish619chandar... "Decent warm up for Indians.." ... lol ... India would have been better served playing 2 4-day matches against a State team & Aust A team - just as England prepared last summer... In todays game India declared early so it didn't have to play a full days play to finish the match... The pace bowlers have hardly done anything - Zaheer, Ishant - no wkts... Dhoni is dropping catches... The only 2 batters to make runs in India 1st innings were dropped 5 times... In Oz 2nd innings not 1 wkt was achieved by India... Game finished 3 hours early... I would be very concerned at the lack of endeavour by the Indian team on the field...

  • Roo on December 21, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @satish619chandar... Very unusual logic... lol... I was comparing a bowler (Holland) with a SS average of 44.3 against O'Keefe 25.55 & Lyon 35.27 SS (24.59 Tests)... So using your logic about Warner then India are set for major batting collapses as Sehwag, Gambir, Rahane, Laxman, Dhoni failed with the bat in their last match against a weak bowling attack on a flat deck with small boundaries... Sorry but your logic comparing bowlers to batters is faulty... You may as well compare apples with oranges...

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Mr.Nam ally's thoughts in the postings from him are really encouraging& very good.But the facts remain that it is next to impossible to force a result in a tour match of 3 days. But early wicket of Warner gave some hope. But no chance now. KOHLI'SREMARKS knock was magnificent.the anxiety of a upper hand from the Chairman's elevens possible good show was thwarted by Kohli&againRohit&Jadeja& the wicket of Warner.Any how more hopes for a good show in the Boxing Day test against Aussies.Our Batting line up & fairly outstanding bowling from ZK,Mithun,Aswin& Ojha would be our deciding factors for a triumph in First Test.this win is a must for India for further progress into recapturing tha first rank we enjoyed for sometime.SL good show also needed to control SA rising beyond India. All the Best to all concerned. Long live Team India's efforts to a bright future!And a 100 th 100 from Sachin Tendulkar the living Legend& enormous record Holder!! SreedharanMundanat

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    it's a good day for kohli to prove himself as test player.........good luck for down india

  • Rohan on December 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    i am 100% sure india is going 2 lose the series, bring dinda and i will be 200% sure india is going 2 lose it badly, where is irfan?

  • malkeet on December 20, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    we r doing exactly the same thing what we did in england...took unfit struggling players over there and hoped that they will get fit and win us the series....4-0 whitewash to a team who went there as no 1 test team should have taught our selectors and bcci some lessons....but have not really learned anything from that...maybe our players(they certainly have potential and ability) can win/draw some match/es....but the attitude remains the same....will abain be followed by some home series against WI/BD/Zim...and we will keep wondering why we dont win series abroad?

  • Frankster on December 20, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    WELL WEll well wat views do u hve of the second day guys???

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Rather than bringing back Dinda, Irafan should be back in the squad. Play with 5 batsman and wk. and use 5 bowlers

  • Satish on December 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    @zenboomerang : Your comparison between Holland and Lyon is funny.. If i say, Warner who got 100 in last test itself got out for 3.. The rest of the batting lineup will score less than that, will u laugh or not? @anukrtiti : Sachin, Dravid and VVS had decent hits in last warmup.. Viru and Gambhir are our concerns but their batting depends on how they perform on the given day.. Fast bowlers and openers need to strike on the big day..

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