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Australia begins India tour with a warm-up win

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Chennai: Australian cricketers celebrate fall of a wicket during a warm-up match between India Board President's XI and Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sept 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Australian cricketers celebrate fall of a wicket during a warm-up match against India Board President's XI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai (Photo: IANS)

Australia kicked off their limited overs tour of India with a 103-run win in the one-off warm-up tie against the Board President’s XI at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here in Chennai….reports Asian Lite News

Chennai: Australian cricketers celebrate fall of a wicket during a warm-up match between India Board President's XI and Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sept 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Australian cricketers celebrate fall of a wicket during a warm-up match against India Board President’s XI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai (Photo: IANS)

Electing to bat, Australia rode on half centuries by skipper Steve Smith (55), opener David Warner (64), Travis Head (65) and Marcus Stoinis (76) to post a mammoth 347/7 before bundling the hosts out for a meagre 244.

Australia started with a 105-run second wicket stand between Warner and Smith before Stoinis and Head added 88 runs for the fifth wicket to leave the inexperienced home bowlers high and dry.

Thereafter, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade (45) and Stoinis joined forces to add another 85 runs for the sixth wicket as Australia looked set for a massive score.

For the hosts, medium pacer Kushang Patel and off-spinner Washington Sundar picked two wickets apiece while Akshay Karnewar, Avesh Khan and Kulwant Khejroliya took one wicket each.

In reply, the Gurkeerat Singh-led side started well with opener Shreevats Goswami (43) and one-down Mayank Agarwal (42) putting on a 79-run second wicket stand after the early loss of Rahul Tripathi (7).

But things went awry for the hosts after the introduction of spin with left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (4/44) and leggie Adam Zampa (1/59) ripping through the home line-up.

Towards the end, Maharashtra left-arm spinner Karnewar blasted a fiery 28-ball 40 and Kushang had an unbeaten 48-ball 41 to put up a 66-run ninth wicket stand, but the target looked improbable once Karnewar fell to all-rounder James Faulkner.

Australia will now face India in five One-day Internationals (ODI) and three T20 Internationals, starting with the first 50-over clash here on September 17.

Brief Scores: Australia 347/7 (Marcus Stoinis 76, Travis Head 65, David Warner 64, Steve Smith 55, Washington Sundar 2/23) beat Board President’s XI 244 (Shreevats Goswami 43, Mayank Agarwal 42, Kushang Patel 41 not out, Ashton Agar 4/44) by 103 runs.