WA XI v Indians, Perth January 8, 2016

Dhawan, Kohli hit form before spinners dismantle WA XI

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Indians 4 for 192 (Kohli 74, S Dhawan 74) beat Western Australia XI 6 for 118 (Birt 74*, Axar 2-13, Jadeja 2-13, Sran 2-24) by 74 runs
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Shikhar Dhawan was one of the three batsmen to score 74 in the Indians' 74-run win © AFP

The Indians started their limited-overs tour of Australia with a comfortable 74-run win over Western Australia XI in a Twenty20 match at the WACA Ground in Perth, where they will play the first ODI against Australia on January 12. On a lively pitch, the Indian batsmen took a bit of time to get their bearings right, but the two Delhi batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, entertained a healthy crowd - 4000 by some estimates - with 74 runs each to take India to 192. With the ball left-arm quick Barinder Sran made a good impression with two wickets in his first spell, and then the spin trio of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel proved to be too good for the hosts, which didn't include any of the Perth Scorchers personnel.

"It was a great boost for Barry," said Dhawan at the post-match press conference. "We call him Barry now. In time he is going to get more experienced and more mature. He looks fit and strong, and looks a good prospect for the Indian team."

Although this was not an 11-play-11 match, India didn't try anything funky. There were no retirements to give the remaining batsmen a go: Kohli and Dhawan's 149-run partnership ended in the 17th over, which meant there was not much chance for the others to get a longish innings in. A matter of small concern will be that Mohammed Shami, coming back from a long injury layoff, didn't bowl at all. There will be another game, a 50-over one, against the same opposition at the same venue on Saturday.

Indian tour began on a familiar note: an ordinary decision by Rohit Sharma, who pushed to mid-off and set off for a suicidal single. Dhawan and Kohli, though, coming together in the third over, took their time before hitting out against an inexperienced attack. The Western Australian quicks bowled short often with mixed results, but once legspinners Liam O'Connor and James Muirhead started bowling short, the two dug in. There was a bit of toying around later as Indians went from 44 for 1 in seven overs to 161 in the 17th.

Kohli and Dhawan both fell in quest for further quicker runs, but MS Dhoni provided the final push with two sixes in his 22 off 14. Further good news came for India as Sran began a sharp spell at the top of the innings, taking two wickets in three overs for 15 runs. Umesh Yadav and Rishi Dhawan were steady at the other end before the spinners came on to take complete control of the match. Jadeja and Axar took two wickets each while R Ashwin hardly bowled a loose ball. Between them the three spinners bowled 10 overs for 36 runs and four wickets.

"I'm quite happy that I have scored runs in the practice match," said Dhawan. "It is good that I have got used to this pitch. The longer you spend in the middle the better it is. It was a good time to get into the groove. Good to get get a hundred-run partnership before the main matches start. Whatever we needed from this match we got it. We are happy about it."

Left-hand opening batsman Travis Birt was the sole bright light for Western Australia XI in the chase as he hit the ball hard in his unbeaten 74 off 60 balls. The rest of the team, extras included, managed just 54 in the other 10 overs.

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  • Indian_Awajathaka_Ballo on January 11, 2016, 2:22 GMT

    India once again proved it is the best Asian team outside asia. Australia ready for a white wash.

  • Havealendofitind on January 10, 2016, 6:08 GMT

    this was against a 4th string club side and India did very well to beat them...kudos to India

  • sushant rawat on January 9, 2016, 14:02 GMT

    Someone from middle order should take a responsibility, its good to see new guys coming in instead of same guys, for last two yerasit felt like Selectors are just eating snacks while selecting a team, with no vision and quality, but now i think we would be able to form a decent batting unit, yeah opening slot is still worrisome

  • lotus21 on January 9, 2016, 10:50 GMT

    Wow! What a way to start! well done india and kohli

  • kobe1508 on January 9, 2016, 9:48 GMT

    Well never be able to beat india ..its gonna be 5-0 india ...our medicore australian batting line up aint gonna do nth

  • RVC-38 on January 9, 2016, 8:36 GMT

    Brusselslion...... Hahaha, and that should be it for the records for 2016 for england I would say hahaha.

  • brusselslion on January 9, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    @RVC-38: Alternatively, England have been the overseas team of 2016 with 1 win and 1 draw against the world's top ranked Test nation!

  • Analyst_skipper on January 9, 2016, 7:10 GMT

    @electric... Thanks for your predictions mate... Everyone knows how good your predictions work against the aussies... I am loving this... very much waiting for reasons you come up with when australia lose...

  • caldruid on January 9, 2016, 6:32 GMT

    All good against a sub-par club side. But the margin for error against the real Aus team will be very small. If the indian quicks lose the plot, I foresee 300+ scores which will be impossible to chase against Starc and co. WC 2015 sem-final....

  • Rohit045 on January 9, 2016, 6:23 GMT

    I think Sran will be new sensation in bowling department. This whole tour will be rememebered for good performances of Rohit Rahane and Sran and umesh yadav. India will win both series, ODI 3-2 and T20 2-1. Come on India.

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