India continued their winning ways on the Australian tour as they defeated Western Australia by 64 runs in their second warm up game of the limited overs tour at WACA, Perth. Manish Pandey played well for his 58 runs, so did Rohit Sharma for 67 runs.
MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. They were off to a disastrous start as Dhawan & Kohli were back by the 6th over. But Rohit was then joined in by even dependent Ajinkya Rahane (41) and both stitched together a crucial 88 runs partnership and steadied the ship. Gurkeerat went back cheaply and skipper also couldn’t do much.
But young lad Manish Pandey had other plans as he showed a lot of character for his 59 ball 58 that included just 3 boundaries. Ravindra Jadeja supported him with 26 run knock. This helped India reach a moderate yet respectable total of 249 runs before losing all their wickets.
Indian bowlers were right on the money as Umesh Yadav removed opener Bosisto for a painful 34 ball 13. Soon other bowlers including Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Ashwin and Patel joined the party and kept the run flow in check by picking up regular wickets. J Morgan top scored with 50 runs followed by J Carder (45) as the innings folded for just 185 runs, thereby falling 64 runs short of the target.
Going by the performances in warm up games, Team India seems well prepared for the Kangaroo challenge. But it remains to be seen how they perform when the series begins.