The bowling wasn't particularly good from either team, but both will be pleased with the performance of their batting units. Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan both got big scores before retiring, and several other key batsmen got a good hit as well. For India, the new-look top order wobbled, before Kohli continued his golden run against Sri Lanka, and Dinesh Karthik staked his claim for a place in the XI with a superb century.
It's Karthik's birthday as well today, and the crowd is chanting 'Happy birthday to you' as he walks off the ground.
One thing to keep in mind, this track had very little for the swing bowlers, not likely to be indicative of the surfaces to be used in the Champions Trophy
Angelo Mathews: "More than the result, we wanted to give the opportunity to the guys. The openers started off briliiantly, followed by No. 3,4, 5. but I thought we were a little bit rusty on the field and with the bowlers. Spin is one of our strengths, Eranga was fantastic today, Kohli was brilliant today, he loves scoring against us, he and Karthik put on a brilliant show."
MS Dhoni: "We had already lost 3-4 wickets, and there weren't too many batsmen left (which is why we didn't retire our batsmen). I think the new ball, we didn't bowl really well. There was not much in the wicket for the fast bowlers. I think the spinners bowled really well, even in the second Powerplay it was nice. The innings will be a big morale booster for Karthik."
That's it for our coverage from this warm-up game. In the other one, Australia are 52 for 2 chasing 257 against West Indies.
Nanda Gunawardhana: "Since this pitch is not a typical English pitch this game is a waste for both teams."
randy: "Why do I get the feeling that this pitch is red herring!! sub continent teams can be thrown off preparation course and lulled into a false sense of security for all I know" Is anything straightforward for a cricket fan?
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piyush: "So even this match is going to go all the way till last over.Dhoni is here."
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