Australia cricket team posted 327/3 (90 overs) at stumps on Day 1, with Steve Smith scoring 107 and Shaun Marsh 104 (both retiring after tons), in the three-day warm-up match against India A at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. India A skipper, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, won the toss and elected to bowl. Navdeep Saini picked up two wickets -- sending back Aussie openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw -- while Pandya scalped one for India A . Get live cricket score and updates from Day 1 of the India A vs Australia warm-up game here.
4:48 pm IST: Australia would be pretty satisfied with their efforts on Day 1 of the three-day practice match against India A. The visitors were 327 for three after 90 overs. At stumps, Mitchell Marsh was batting on 16 and Matthew Wade on 7.
4:35 pm IST: The oohs and aahs are back as Navdeep Saini is brought back into the attack by Hardik Pandya for the last three overs of the day’s play. The energy too is back in the field as players encourage the bowler ‘shaabash shaabash’.
4:20 pm IST: With just five more overs remaining for the mandatory 90 overs to be completed in a day, Australia would be aiming at least 350 runs on the board on Day One. Ashoke Dinda is still firing his bouncers, much to the surprise of the crowd. After 85 overs, Australia are 320 for three with Mitchell Marsh on 16 and Matthew Wade on 2.
4:01 pm IST: Hardik Pandya takes the new ball immediately after the mandatory 80 overs are completed. The skipper himself takes the onus to bowl and strikes as well. Peter Handscomb is caught by Priyank Panchal at slips on 45. Matthew Wade is the new batsman in.
3:57 pm IST: Australia gets to 300 in 79.3 overs and 323 minutes. Peter Handscomb 41 and Mitchell Marsh is on 3
3:46 pm IST: Shaun Marsh brings up his century with a sweep off Herwadkar. He retires on 104 off 173 balls (11x4s, 1x6) to pave way for his brother and new batsman Mitchell Marsh. Australia 288/2 after 75 overs.
3:35 pm IST: Shaun Marsh, who is inching towards his century, is dropped by Saini on 88 off Akhil Herwadkar . At drinks break: Australia 273 for two after 73 overs.
3:32 pm IST: Meanwhile Australia T20 team are playing their first T20I against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.
3:29 pm IST: Navdeep Saini is back on the field. Meanwhile, K Gowtham suffered an hamstring injury during the post-lunch session.
3:16 pm IST: 250 up for Australia at the loss of two wickets. Handscomb is on 24 and Shaun Marsh is not out on 75. Steve Smith had earlier retired after scoring 107.
3:05 pm IST: Australia 239 for 2 after 66 overs. Shaun Marsh is unbeaten on 72 and Peter Handscomb on 18.
2:43 pm IST: Bad news for India A. Pacer Navdeep Saini, the wicket-taker, has retired hurt before completing his 11th over. He was seen rubbing his thigh while heading to the dressing room. Ashoke Dinda bowled the remaining two balls to complete Saini’s over. Australia 216/2 in 60 overs.
2:40 pm IST: Steve Smith retires from batting duty on 107. New batsman is Peter Handscomb, who joins Shaun Marsh. It was Australia skipper Steve Smith’s 100th First Class match.
2:14 pm IST: At tea break: Australia 211 for two in 57 overs. Steve Smith 107 not out (12x4s and 1x6), Shaun Marsh batting on 59.
2:05 pm IST: Steve Smith brings up his century with a cut shot off Akhil Herwadkar. The ton came in 154 balls which included 11 boundaries and a six. Australia 200 for 2 in 54.3 overs.
1:58 pm IST: Half century for Shaun Marsh in 86 balls (131 minutes, five boundaries and one six). Australia 182 for 2 after 50 overs.
1:43 pm IST: Australia move on to 174 for 2 after 45 overs. Steve Smith is going strong on 84 and Shaun Marsh is on 46, approaching his half century.
1:28 pm IST: 100 partnership in 151 balls between Steve Smith (72) and Shaun Marsh (42). The two have now batted for 140 minutes. Australia 158/2 in 42 overs.
1:25 pm IST: Australia 150 for 2 in 40 overs. Smith batting on 69 and Marsh on 36
1:15 pm IST: Drinks break: Australia 141/2 with Shaun Marsh on 32(53) and Steve Smith 64 (107), after 38 overs
1:10 pm IST: The morning session belonged to India A bowlers, especially Navdeep Saini.
1:07 pm IST: Things moving slowly post lunch. Suddenly, a huge cheer from the crowd as David Warner takes a walk on the fence.
1:05 pm IST: Ashoke Dinda surprises Australia skipper Steve Smith with a nasty bouncer, much to the liking of the handful of crowd present for the match.
1:01 pm IST: Australia are 135/2 after 35 overs with Steve Smith on 61 and Shaun Marsh batting on 29.
12:46 pm IST: That’s fifty for Steve Smith. He brings up the half-century in 72 balls and 102 minutes which include seven boundaries and a six. Australia are 127/2 in 32.3 overs.
12: 36 pm IST: Video highlights of the India A vs Australia, Day 1, opening session’s play from Brabourne.
12:35 pm IST: A glorious cover drive from Marsh brings up the 50-run partnership between Smith and Marsh
12:30 pm IST: Steve Smith brings up Australia’s 100 with two consecutive fours off Shahbaz Nadeem. Australia 100 for 2 in 27.2 overs. Smith batting on 43 and Marsh on 13.
12:02 pm IST: India A players, including skipper Hardik Pandya have a lot at stake in the match vs Australia cricket team. This is their chance to catch the attention of the national selectors. Chief selector MSK prasad was at Brabourne from the morning session on Friday.
11:35 am IST: It’s lunch time at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Australia are 81 for 2 with Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith at the crease. Navdeep Saini took two wickets for 13 runs for India A.
Lunch after 24 overs on day 1 of tour game in Mumbai, Aust 2-81 Smith 31no S Marsh 6no, seamer Navdeep Saini 2-13 off 6 overs #INDAvAUS— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) February 17, 2017
11:19 am IST: Australia 86 for 2 after 20 overs. Smith batting on 24, Marsh on 2.Saini’s first spell figures read 6-2-13-2
10:58 am IST: Navdeep Saini pitches the ball just short of good length as Renshaw couldn’t resist his temptation this time to poke his bat. New batsman Shaun Marsh
10:56 am IST: Australia lose another wicket. Young Matt Renshaw gets out after scoring 11 off 41 balls. Renshaw is caught behind by Ishan Kishan. Navdeep Saini picks up his second wicket.
Saini goes around wicket & Renshaw nicks off to keeper for 11 off 41 balls. Aust 2-55 after 16.1, Smith 16no, joined by S Marsh #INDAvAUS— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) February 17, 2017
10:51 am IST: After 15 overs, Australia 50/1. Hardik Pandya’s first spell returned 7-0-30-0.
10: 49 am IST: Australia 50 for one in 14.3 overs. Skipper Steven Smith brings up Australia’s 50 with a glorious cover drive off Navdeep Saini.
10: 33 am IST: Drinks break: Australia 43/1 in 12 overs with Steve Smith (6) and Matt Renshaw (9) at the crease.
10:32 am IST: The wicket dished out at the Brabourne Stadium for the Australia tour match is not they are likely to encounter for the Test series. the wicket has a good covering of grass
10:24 am IST: Australia: 38/1 in 10 overs. Good comeback from India ‘A’, conceding only eight runs in the last five overs. Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith at the crease for the visitors.
10:17 am IST: David Warner (25 off 30 balls in 43 minutes) gets out. The opener goes for a pull, but ends up edging the ball to wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan off Navdeep Saini, who struck in his first over. Australia 33 for 1 in 8.3 over.
9:56 am IST: After 5 overs, Australia are 30 for no loss. Warner: 22 off 23 balls which include three boundaries. Renshaw 5 off 10 balls.
9:51 am IST: Since the match has first-class status the team’s won’t have the luxury of rotating the players in the squad. The playing XI:
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Swepson
India A: Shreyas Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar, Ankit Bawne, Priyank Panchal, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Shahbaz Nadeem, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Siraj, Rahul Singh, Baba Indrajith
9:44 am IST: Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League ( IPL) stakeholders will be keenly following the outcome of the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Delhi on Friday as the CoA will be looking to clear the way for the smooth preparation of the tournament starting on April 5. Click here, to read more.
9:35 am IST: Huge LBW appeal on fifth ball off Ashok Dinda’s over. One run off the over
9:32 am IST: David Warner and Matthew Renshaw open for Australia cricket team, Ashok Dinda begins the proceedings for India A.
9:30 am IST: The match is set to begin. India A skipper Hardik Pandya, who has played T20Is and ODIs for India cricket team will be hoping to make a mark in this match and get the attention of the selectors for the national Test squad.
9:21 am IST: India A squad: Hardik Pandya (captain), PK Panchal, AA Herwadkar, SS Iyer, AR Bawne, RR Pant, Ishan Kishan (wk), K Gowtham, AB Dinda, S Nadeem, NA Saini, B Indrajith, G Rahul Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav
9:21 am IST: Australia squad: DA Warner, MT Renshaw, Steve Smith (captain), SE Marsh, PSP Handscomb, JM Bird, MS Wade (wk), GJ Maxwell, SNJ O’Keefe, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon, MA Starc, MJ Swepson, UT Khawaja, MR Marsh, AC Agar
9:10 am IST: India A skipper Hardik Pandya wins the toss and opts to bowl in Brabourne. Steve Smith won’t mind that as the Aussies are looking to get some batting practice under their belt.
Hardik, who has been dubbed as a limited overs expert, has improved as a seamer and a good show against the visitors may force skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble to keep him in their plans when they sit around for a discussion on playing XI during first two Test matches.
Against a quality side like Australia, the performers at the domestic level will get a chance to test themselves against the likes of Josh Hazlewood or Mitchell Starc if Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann decides to give them a few overs.
Opener Priyank Panchal of Gujarat, who has had a phenomenal season backed up by a century against Bangladesh in the previous warm-up game will also like to remain in selector’s radar for the slot of reserve opener.
This is the only practice game for the visitors and they would like to make full use of it with batsmen getting some good time out there in the middle and bowlers loosening up with some overs