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India openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay had useful outings on the final day of their only warm-up match on Saturday in a confidence booster ahead of next week’s opening test against Australia, reports Reuters.
Rahul and Vijay are expected to start the innings for the touring side, who lost exciting 19-year-old batting prospect Prithvi Shaw for the Adelaide opener with an ankle injury.
Rahul has struggled for runs in recent times and India’s third opening option. India, the world’s top-ranked test side, got a second chance to bat in the tour match after the Cricket Australia XI kept them on the field for more than 151 overs, finally getting dismissed for 544 with a first innings lead of 186.
Rahul, made a stroke-filled 62, hitting eight fours and a six in his knock after an opening stand of 109.
Vijay, dropped for the home two-test series against West Indies, scored 129. The touring side finished on 211 for two with the four-day non-first class match ending in a draw.
The test series begins in Adelaide on Thursday, with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.