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Batters, Ishant click in tour game

Batters, Ishant click in tour game
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Indian batsmen got some much-needed workout ahead of the Test series against Australia as they put up 375 runs in 90 overs before their two-day tour game against Cricket Australia XI ended in a draw at the Glenelg Oval here on Friday.

After notching up 375 runs in their first innings, the visitors reduced the hosts to 83/5 in 21 overs in their second innings before play was called off.

The morning started with India on their overnight score at 99/2. Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay were at the crease, looking to carry on their 63-run stand for the third wicket.

They batted the whole morning away and stretched their partnership to 123 runs. Both batsmen went on to score fine half-centuries, making good use of the lives they were granted last evening when on 0 and 5 respectively. Both Kohli and Vijay retired after their fifties, the former first to go at the end of the 43rd over of the innings, after scoring 66 runs off 94 balls (10 fours). Vijay walked off two overs later, after scoring 60 runs off 136 balls (10 fours).

It brought Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to the crease, and they batted fluently, especially the latter who looked comfortable against both pace and spin. Sharma too opened up against the slower bowlers as they put on 103 runs for the fifth wicket. Rahane retired after scoring 56 runs off only 64 balls (7 fours) while Sharma was involved in a mix-up with Wriddhiman Saha and was run-out. He scored 48 runs off 73 balls, with five fours and a couple of sixes. Saha then paired up with Suresh Raina (20) and looked to score some quick runs. But the latter was unable to find comfort in the middle and was caught at second slip off skipper Ashton Turner (1-40).

BRIEFSCORES CA 243 and 83/5 (Ishant 2/8) drew with India 375 (Vijay 60, Kohli 66, Rahane 56).  

Clarke likely to play 1st Test against India

Australia captain Michael Clarke is likely to feature in the first Test match against India in Adelaide, starting Dec 9, after undergoing a painless training session with his troublesome hamstring.

According to reports on the guardian.co.uk, Clarke successfully stood up to a running session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

He and would be joining his team-mates in Adelaide, where he would again train Saturday.

Coach Darren Lehman said he wanted Clarke to play and would like to see him bat in the nets to prove his readiness. “We want our captain playing. He flies in this afternoon. We’ll get him batting on Saturday and see how he goes. It’ll be case of if he’s fine, he’ll play.

We’ll just have to wait and see. We’ll be guided by medical staff, the captain himself, selectors. We’ll get together and assess what the plan is on Saturday,” he said. Clarke was forced out of the ODI series against South Africa in November after suffering a hamstring injury.
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