India’s fast bowlers led by Varun Aaron made full use of the seamer-friendly conditions, as they dismissed an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI for 219 on the first day of their opening two-day warm-up fixture, here today.
All the Indian bowlers were among wickets as Aaron, who worked up good pace, finishing with figures of three for 72 in 17 overs.
Aaron thus kept himself in contention for a place in the playing XI in the opening Test at Brisbane, starting December 4 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/32 in 12 overs) and Mohammed Shami (2/52 in 18 overs) also got precious overs under their belt.
At stumps, India were 55 for one losing Shikhar Dhawan’s (10) wicket. Murali Vijay (32 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara (13 batting) were at the crease at stumps.
Another highlight was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s fine performance behind the stumps as he took five catches and also effected a stumping to start his preparations for the first Test in right earnest.
At the onset, it was CA XI captain Ashton Turner, who won the toss and elected to bat on a fresh track at the Gilderol Stadium.
He was involved in a 51-run partnership with opener Ryan Carters (58) before Aaron, in a quick burst, removed Turner (29) and new batsman Nick Stevens (0) in space of three balls.
It brought Kelvin Smith (40) to the crease who put on 74 runs for the fourth wicket with Carters on either side of lunch.
It was the best stand of the innings for the hosts. Once the two batsmen were dismissed within three overs after the lunch break, the Indian bowlers didn’t let up the pressure and knocked over the remaining wickets cheaply.