India break Aussie tour duck with Afghanistan win

India finally celebrated a first win on their marathon Australia tour with a resounding 153-run victory over outclassed Afghanistan in a World Cup warm-up. The defending World Cup champions piled up 364-5 in their 50 overs at the Adelaide Oval with record-breaking batsman Rohit Sharma making 150 with 12 fours and seven sixes.

AFP| Updated: Feb 11, 2015, 09:28 AM IST
India break Aussie tour duck with Afghanistan win

Sydney: India finally celebrated a first win on their marathon Australia tour with a resounding 153-run victory over outclassed Afghanistan in a World Cup warm-up. The defending World Cup champions piled up 364-5 in their 50 overs at the Adelaide Oval with record-breaking batsman Rohit Sharma making 150 with 12 fours and seven sixes.

Afghanistan, who will be playing in their first World Cup when the tournament starts on Saturday, batted their full 50 overs but managed just 211-8.
He was well-supported by Ajinkya Rahane`s 88 not out with Suresh Raina hitting a stylish 75.

Nawroz Mangol was the only batsman to make an impression with 56.

There had been some early encouraging signs for the Asian minnows when they had India struggling on 16-2 after Hamid Hassan and Dawlat Zadran got rid of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. 

But once Sharma and Raina had put on 158 for the third wicket, there was no way back for Afghanistan who opted for batting practice rather than chase down the total.

"I`m not a big fan of practice games, but a bit more time in the middle does help. Overall it has been quite good," said India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

At Sydney`s Olympic Park, meanwhile, Scotland clinched an impressive 179-run win over Ireland, the strongest of the Associate nations who stunned England and Bangladesh at the 2011 World Cup.

Matt Machan made 103 for the Scots with skipper Preston Mommsen (56) and Richie Berrington (52) also in the runs.

In reply, Ireland skipper William Porterfield (23) and Paul Stirling (37) put on 57 for the first wicket inside 12 overs.

But medium pace bowler Alasdair Evans then dismissed both openers as well as Ed Joyce and Niall O`Brien to finish with 4-17 off five overs.

Ireland lost nine wickets for just 60 runs with only Gary Wilson (15) managing to join Porterfield and Stirling in double figures.

The Irish side were all out by the 27th over.