KL Rahul’s 74 In Vain as Western Australia stuns India in second training game wins by 32 runs

KL Rahul’s blow was in vain as Western Australia stunned India with a 32-run win in their second training game in Perth on Thursday. Western Australia scored 168/8 in their 20 overs thanks to tough half centuries from Nick Hobson and D’Arcy Short. Ashwin’s three-wicket move helped India stem the flow of runs in Western Australia after the team got off to a smashing start to their innings. India started the chase alertly, with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant trying to fend off the new ball’s initial momentum and seam. Pacer Jason Behrendorff and Matthew Kelly stuck to their line and lengths.

Both bowlers bowled with great control and kept asking questions with the ball, forcing the batsmen to play cautiously. Pant tried to untie the restraints but died trying. Behrendorff sacked him for 9 in the fifth over, making 11 balls.

Deepak Hooda was promoted to their order due to his good form in the limited opportunities he has for the Indian side which also includes a T20I century against Ireland. The batsman failed to make a mark, however, and was sent back to the dressing room by Lance Morris for a paltry 6 (9).

The Indian team failed to capitalize on field limitations and finished the power play at 29/1.

Hardik Pandya came in to bat in fourth place and made an instant impression as the all-rounder smashed two massive sixes within a short space. The batter, however, was unable to carry his innings forward and was sent to pack by Hamish Mckenzie for 17 (9).

All-rounder Axar Patel was sent up front looking for some quick runs, but the left-hander played a scratchy inning from 2 (7) before bowing to Morris in the 13th over and leaving the team 79/4 in the 13th over .

India’s recently designated finisher Dinesh Karthik then teamed with Rahul to take India past 100 runs mark but failed to complete the match unlike previous matches where he won runs. He was dismissed in the 16th for 10 (14) as India struggled at the end of 16 overs with 107/6.

The men in blue went on 62 runs from the last four overs, with Rahul still on the crease, reaching his fifty in 43 balls while Harshal Patel joined him on the crease.

Rahul played some powerful shots in the latter part of his innings and smashed 21 runs from the 17th over giving the team a glimmer of hope but was sacked by Andrew Tye ending India’s hopes of a win. The opener was dismissed for 74 balls from 55, including nine limits and two sixes.

India finished their innings 132/8, giving Western Australia a 32-run win.

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Short scores:Western Australia 168/8 (Nick Hobson 64, D’Arcy Short 52; R. Ashwin 3/32) India 132/8 (KL Rahul 74, Hardik Pandya 17; Lance Morris 2/23)

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