Recent Match Report – WA XI vs Indians Practice Match 2022/23

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

KL Rahul had a patient 74 but India struggled on fast WACA ground against a strong WA XI attack in a 36-point loss ahead of the T20 World Cup.

After a narrow 13-point victory in their first warm-up on Monday, Indian batters other than substitute captain Rahul were thwarted in their pursuit. Hardik Pandya was India’s second highest goalscorer with 17. Regular captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli didn’t beat though they lined up during the WA XI innings.

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.

Pant eventually made contact but erred from deep as India’s best order looked uncomfortable on the bouncing pitch. After being held off, in-form speedster Lance Morris entered the attack in the seventh and showed why he could be Australia’s fastest bowler.

After a player of the match performance for WA against New South Wales last week, Morris threw hard from the start and it proved too much for Deepak Hooda who finished.

After a brief counterattack, Pandya fell under young Hamish McKenzie’s left arm spin to leave India at 58 for 3 with particularly slow Rahul. India’s required run rate spun out of control with Rahul lacking support as his teammates threw away their wickets.

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.

Veteran spinner R Ashwin, who didn’t play on Monday, entered the attack in the sixth and was quickly crushed by D’Arcy Short who teamed up with Nick Hobson in a searing 110-point partnership.

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.


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