[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Thursday, the second day to Indian vs Australia four-match Test series started on a bright note as Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored 64 runs.
But, uncapped Australian teenager Aaron Hardie hogged the limelight after the first day of the match was washed out by relentless rain in Sydney. The 19-year-old Australia pacer snared Kohli’s wicket, making the record breaking batsman his latest high-profile victim after dismissing England skipper Joe Root in a similar warm-up match last year.
Hardie had Kohli caught and bowled for 64 as the tourists prepared for the opening Test in Adelaide by scoring 358 all out against Cricket Australia XI.
Kohli had smashed seven fours and a six against an inexperienced attack before getting dismissed.
Hardie, who ended with 4/50 off 13 overs, is one of Western Australia’s most exciting prospects, having captained the state at under-17 and under-19 level, and earned a rookie contract for the 2018-19 season.
Young opener Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane all managed half-centuries, but KL Rahul one of India’s main batsmen scored three.
Cricket Australia XI were on 24 without loss at stumps. India will play Australia in the first Test of the four-match series, starting from December 6 in Adelaide.
(With inputs from Agencies)