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India vs Australia: Steve Smith & Co. start tour with win over Board President’s XI

Australia cricket team skipper Steve Smith, David Warner, Travis Head and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis slammed fifties to propel them to a big score against Indian Board President’s XI, while Ashton Agar took four wickets, in their only warm-up game ahead of the limited-overs series against Indian cricket team

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 12, 2017 23:32 IST
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Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith hits a boundary during the practice match against Indian Board President's XI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.
Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith hits a boundary during the practice match against Indian Board President's XI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. (PTI)

A brilliant show from the batsmen, coupled with Ashton Agar’s four-wicket haul, helped Australia cricket team beat Indian Board President’s XI by 103 runs at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. (Board President’s XI vs Australia highlights)

Skipper Steve Smith, David Warner, Travis Head and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis slammed fifties to propel Australia to a big score in their only warm-up game ahead of the limited-overs series against Indian cricket team.

Board President’s XI, at one point, seemed headed in the right direction at 101/2, but were bowled out for 244 with Agar taking 4/44.

Solid show

Defending a massive 348, Kane Richardson provided Australia the early breakthrough as he removed Rahul Tripathi for 7(10).

A 79-run partnership between Shreevats Goswami and Mayank Agarwal put the Board President’s XI chase back on track before the visitors struck again with leg-spinner Adam Zampa getting rid of Agarwal for 42(47).

Stoinis joined the party, taking the wicket of Goswami in the 20th over.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nitish Rana and Washington Sundar failed to contribute in the middle-overs as Board President’s XI were eventually bundled out for 244 with 10 balls to spare. Goswami top-scored with 43 while Stoinis, Zampa and James Faulkner took one wicket apiece.

Stoinis shines

After choosing to bat, David Warner (64 off 48 balls) and Steve Smith (55 off 68) gave Australia an ideal start. Travis Head, their new No. 4, hit 65, studded with five fours and a six.

Marcus Stoinis, who hasn’t played international cricket since the series against New Zealand in February in which he hit an unbeaten 146, albeit in a losing cause, smashed five maximums as he and Matthew Wade powered Australia to 347/7.

Stoinis smashed 76 off just 60 balls while Wade, who failed to get going in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh, scored 45.

The first ODI of the five-match series between India and Australia will be played at the same venue on September 17.