Aaron Hardie of Cricket Australia XI, who got the prized scalp of Kohli on 64.  © Getty
Aaron Hardie of Cricket Australia XI, who got the prized scalp of Kohli on 64. © Getty

On day two of the tour match between Indians and Cricket Australia XI, Indian batsmen made merry with opener Prithvi Shaw, skipper Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari going past the 50-run mark at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

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The first session belonged to 19-year-old Shaw who clobbered 11 boundaries en route to a 69-ball 66-run knock, but the second session’s star was another 19-year old, Aaron Hardie of Cricket Australia XI, who got the prized scalp of Kohli on 64.

And Hardie did not need anyone’s help to get the big wicket as Kohli popped an return catch to the Perth-based cricketer.

Born in Bournemouth, England, Hardie has played all his cricket in Perth and is regarded as one of the brightest prospect for Western Australia. He has captained the state sides at the u-17 and u-19 level and was a replacement player in Australia u-19 squad for the 2018 World Cup, which was won by Shaw’s India u-19 team.

And what is interesting is Hardie, yet to make his first class debut, has a knack of scalping big players. Last year, he removed England Test captain Joe Root and James Vince in the same over in England’s tour game.

Earlier in the day, opening the batting, Shaw lost his senior partner KL Rahul early for 3 to Jackson Coleman but found support in Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 54. The duo added 80 runs for the second wicket before Shaw fell to Luke Robins with the score at 96.

Kohli then made 64 off 87 deliveries including seven fours and one six and got together for a stand of 73 runs for the third wicket with Pujara, before falling to Hardie in the 48th over of the day.