India’s Test warm-up ends with hundred for Vijay and 62 for KL Rahul

first_imgMurali Vijay and KL Rahul were both back among the runs in India’s second innings on the final day of their only warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI on Saturday as the match ended in a draw.India scored 211/2 in 43.4 overs in the second innings as the match ended with Murali Vijay falling for 129 in 132 deliveries at a Daniel Fallins delivery.The Indian team management would breath a sigh of relief after watching Vijay and Rahul bat on Saturday as the team is most likely to go with the two of them as openers for the first Test starting December 6.Earlier, 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw was guaranteed an opener spot after his half century debut in Australia in the warm-up but India lost the youngster to an ankle injury.Shaw twisted his ankle when he tumbled over the rope on the third day of the warm-up while attempting to field and scans in the hospital later ruled him out from the first Test.Rahul has struggled for runs in recent times [apart from a hundred in the final Test vs England] and India’s third opening option, Murali Vijay, is on the comeback trail after he was dropped following a poor tour of England earlier this year.India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, got a second chance to bat in the tour match after the Cricket Australia XI kept them on the field for more than 151 overs, finally getting dismissed for 544 with a first innings lead of 186.Rahul, who was dismissed for three in the first innings, made a stroke-filled 62, hitting eight fours and a six in his knock after an opening stand of 109.advertisementVijay, dropped for the home two-Test series against West Indies, scored 129, his innings studded with 16 fours and five sixes. He smashed off-spinner Jake Carder for 26 in an over to reach his hundred.Earlier, four batsmen from the representative side scored half-centuries, with wicketkeeper-batsman Harry Nielsen scoring 100 to make the Indian bowlers toil.The Test series begins in Adelaide on Thursday, with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Australia start favourites in Test series vs India, says Ravichandran AshwinAlso Read | We want to make Australians proud: Justin Langer ahead of Test series vs IndiaAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: Gavaskarlast_img

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