VIDEO: Virat Kohli bowls during India’s tour game at the SCG
India captain Virat Kohli bowled two overs at the SCG.

On a day of toil against a Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground, India captain Virat Kohli brought himself on to bowl in search of wickets as the seventh-wicket pair of Harry Neilsen and teenaged allrounder Aaron Hardie put on 118 in 35.3 overs.

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Kohli bowling is not a very common sight on the international stage – he has bowled 27.1 overs in 73 Tests, 110.5 in 216 ODIs and 24.2 in 65 T20Is – and on Friday the skipper turned his arm over for two overs which cost six runs.

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After the CA XI openers D’Arcy Short and Max Bryant hit fifties in a century opening stand in quick time, Nielsen and Hardie – who on Thursday claimed four wickets, including that of Kohli – collected half-centuries of their own to take the total to 356/6 by stumps at the SCG, just two runs behind India.

R Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, wheeling down 24 overs in which he picked up 1/63, while Mohammed Shami was the most prosperous with 3/67 from 18.

India’s performance was overshadowed by the teenaged batsman Prithvi Shaw suffering a nasty ankle injury that has ruled him out of the first Test next week.