In their second practice match of the tour, India ended day one of the match against WICB President's XI at 93 for 3 after having bowled out the opposition for 180. Spin did most of the damage on the day as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja
For the fourth game in a row at Canberra, India found themselves in a position to win the match, but failed to get past the finish line. And so, what could easily have been 2-2 after four games, now reads 4-0.
Results in practice games do not matter a lot. After all, they are just matches against teams with upcoming, relatively inexperienced players, allowing the visiting side to get idea about the conditions that would prevail during the main contests. In India's case though, it is not all that simple.
As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the year that was for Indian cricket, which featured a loss in the World Cup semi-final, embarrassment in Bangladesh, and also a Test series win in Sri Lanka after 22 years. Towards the end of the year, India also brought South Africa’s nine-year unbeaten streak in Tests to an end, but not before going down in the ODIs and T20s. Here’s a flashback
Amidst all the talk about pitches being unfair for batting, India proved on day two at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi that it was possible to do well with the willow even on spinning surfaces, if only batsmen applied themselves