Barinder Sran impressed in his first game in India colours taking two early wickets © AFP
Barinder Sran impressed in his first game in India colours taking two early wickets © AFP

India have sealed a thumping 74-run win against the Western Australia XI side at Perth to get their tour of Australia off to a positive start. India outdid their young opponents in every department. India first scored 192 runs in their 20 overs with both Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan scoring exactly 74 of 44 and 46 balls respectively. The Indian bowlers had absolutely no problem in defence of this total. They bowled with great accuracy and achieved collective success. The most positive sign for India in the bowling department is the wickets taken by Barinder Sran. Sran was very accurate and was getting great bounce. LIVE UPDATES: India vs Western Australia XI 2015, warm-up match at Perth

The other Indian bowlers who got wickets were Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel. The young batting line up of WAXI failed to read the spinners very well and were fully strangled by them in the middle overs. India may have a little bit to worry about though because two of their fast bowlers — Umesh Yadav and Rishi Dhawan — conceded runs at over 7. Apart from Sran, it was the spinners who caused most damage. ALSO READ: India vs Western Australia XI 1st innings report: Kohli, Dhawan fifties help India to big score

For WAXI the only thing to cheer will be Travis Birt’s gritty knock which saw him go to stumps unbeaten at 74 of 60 balls. He even played the spinners quite well. But, mostly preyed on the loose balls delivered by the faster bowlers. With his exception, no other WAXI batsman looked up for the challenge. After Birt’s 74, the second highest score was just 11 from the bat of wicket-keeper Josh Inglis.

India will take a great deal of confidence from their first win and will look to maintain this momentum. It is true that their main opposition will be far more superior in quality but a winning start is always beneficial.

Brief scores:

India 192 for 4 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 74, Virat Kohli 74; Ryan Duffield 1 for 21) beat Western Australia XI 118 for 6 in 20 overs (Travis Birt 74; Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 13, Akshar Patel 2 for 13, Barinder Sran 2 for 24) by 74 runs.