Indians were bolwed out for 358 on day two of the tour match  © BCCI
Indians were bolwed out for 358 on day two of the tour match © BCCI

Cricket Australia XI’s Aaron Hardie, 19, impressed on day two of the only tour match for India ahead of the four-match Test series against Australia starting December 6, claiming 4/50 including the big wicket of Virat Kohli at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

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After being put in to bat, the Indians lost opener KL Rahul early to Jackson Coleman for 3 but 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw began his maiden tour Down Under with a bang clobbering 11 fours en route to his 69-ball 66-run knock.

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He found support in Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 54. The duo added 80 runs for the second wicket before Shaw fell to Daniel Fallins with the score at 96. Kohli came in at the fall of Shaw, and the Indian skipper put on a stand of 73 runs for the third wicket with Pujara. Pujara fell to 26-year-old Luke Robins – clean bowled. Kohli then took the Indians total past the 200-run mark and during his 87-ball stay, hit seven boundaries and a six.

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But he fell to unheralded Hardie, when the skipper popped a return catch to the bowler. Kohli’s departure brought Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari to the middle and the duo put on 81 runs for the fifth wicket, before Vihari was scalped for 53 by part-time leg-spinner and Australia international D’Arcy Short. Rahane, who then went past the 50-run mark before retiring out on 56. Rohit Sharma sped to 40 off 52 balls but became Hardie’s second wicket of the day.

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Hardie then cleaned up the tail removing R Ashwin and Mohammad Shami in the same over before effecting a run-out to send back Umesh Yadav. Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 11 off 17 deliveries.

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While Hardie claimed four wickets, Coleman, Robins, Fallins and Short got one wicket each.

In reply, CA XI ended the day at 24/0 with D’Arcy Short unbeaten on 10 and Max Bryant not out on 14

Brief Scores: Indians 358 (Prithvi Shaw 66, Virat Kohli 64; Aaron Hardie 4/50) vs Cricket Australia XI