Western Australia XI 168 for 8 (Hobson 64, Short 52, Ashwin 3-32) beaten indians 132 for 8 (Rahul 74, Lance Morris 2-23, Kelly 2-26) by 36 points
Chasing 169, Indian fly-half Rahul and RIshabh Pant started slow against BBL champions Perth Scorchers pace attack. Pant again struggled for fluidity as he swung and missed several attempted slogs against Jason Behrendorff’s precise left-arm pace.
Rahul was the exception as he struck cautiously before opening with some six in the 18th over Behrendorff to give India a glimpse of an unlikely victory. But his dismissal for the next course effectively stifled the competition as India split their warm-up matches in Perth.
WA XI controlled the game throughout after opting to strike in sunny conditions. Their hitter was bolstered by the inclusion of BBL star Josh Philippe, but the fly-half slammed into Arshdeep Singh at third.
Just like in the opener, the fast Arshdeep and Bhuvneshwar Kumar conjured a clean rebound off a fast deck, but wickets were harder to come by afterwards.
Hobson, who plays for Perth Scorchers and is an accountant in his day job, was particularly belligerent against the spinners and hit four sixes in his 41-ball shot.
But his dismissal sparked a WA meltdown with Ashwin picking up a good pace after a rocky start with wickets in back-to-back balls to knock out captain Ashton Turner and Sam Fanning, who played in the opener with half a century but the 21-year-old recklessly tried to reverse the sweep on his first pitch.
India were strong on the pitch, marked by two direct hits, and well managed by Rahul although captain Rohit was still giving instructions.
Kohli didn’t play the two warm-up games in Perth, much to the disappointment of the hosts, but played on the court and spent time at the first slide and deep. He also walked laps before playing.
A strong crowd of 2500 fans attended with the WA Cricket Foundation entry fee of AUD$5.