Kohli, Dhawan star in T20 win at WACA

08 January 2016

India kick off their Australian tour with a clinical win in front of a small army of fans at the WACA

WA XI v India T20 Tour Match, T20 Tour Match


India's bowlers shed some cobwebs while two of their star batsmen quickly found form as they began their limited overs tour of Australia with a 74-run Twenty20 win over a WA XI at the WACA Ground.

India are in Australia for five one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals starting with a 50-over clash in Perth on Tuesday.

India posted 4-192 in the tour match after captain MS Dhoni won the toss on Friday night, with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli both making 74 and sharing in a 149-run partnership after Rohit Sharma was run out for six.

Shikhar Dhawan makes an entertaining 74 against WA XI

Dhawan's 74 came from 46 balls with eight fours and three sixes. Kohli's was even swifter off 44 with seven fours and three sixes.

Highlights of Kohli's swashbuckling innings

Dhoni also did well late, making 22 from 14.

The experienced Ryan Duffield (1-21) was WA's best with the ball taking 1-21.

The WA XI never threatened to get near the 193 required and finished on 6-118, with Travis Birt hitting an unbeaten 74 from 60 balls.

Birt played a lone hand with an undefeated 74

Paceman Barinder Sran claimed 2-22 for India while regular international spinners Ravi Ashwin (0-20) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-13) looked solid. Axar Patel also took 2-13.

MS Dhoni with a lightning quick stumping at the WACA

Of some concern for the tourists will be their efforts in the field, with four relatively easy catches put down.

India will play a WA XI in a 50-over match on Saturday as their final tune-up for the limited overs series, the match will be streamed on and Optus Sport's Facebook page.