An inexperienced Board President’s XI team first failed to restrict the Australian batsmen and then came unstuck against a clinical bowling display led by Ashton Agar to go down by 103 runs in the visiting unit’s only warm-up fixture ahead of the One-Day International series against India.
On Tuesday (September 12), across at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, also the venue for the first ODI on Sunday, the Australians batted on winning the toss, and rode on half-centuries from David Warner, Steven Smith, Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis to put up a solid 347 for 7, and then stopped the local side at 244 with eight balls left in the innings.
It didn’t start well for the Australians as after a Sandeep Sharma maiden over to Warner, Avesh Khan striking with his second ball by having Hilton Cartwright caught by Gurkeerat Singh Mann for a duck. But from none for one, Warner and Smith took the total past 100 in quick time, Warner playing the lead in the 106-run stand with a 48-ball 64 before Kushang Patel had him stumped by Shreevats Goswami.
Smith got to his half-century soon after but perished without building on it, Washington Sundar having him caught by Gurkeerat for 55 in 68 balls.
Head had gotten into his groove by then, but Washington added to his growing reputation with another big scalp, this one of Glenn Maxwell, by getting the aggressive middle-order batsman caught and bowled for 14.
That, however, brought Head and Stoinis together, and they took the total to 246 before Head was dismissed by Akshay Karnewar for a well-made 65 in 63 balls off the last ball of the 39th over.
Stoinis took charge after that, and the Australians again had a big stand – of 85 runs – with Matthew Wade joining in the fun, and the two gave their team a sighter of 350 before Wade fell to Kushang for a 24-ball 45, with two fours and four sixes, and Stoinis was sent back by Kulwant Khejroliya for a 60-ball 76.
Goswami (43 in 54 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (42 in 47) had a good stand of 79 runs for the second wicket to keep the Indian side in the hunt, but the middle-order faltered against Agar’s spin, and the scoreboard read 156 for 8 when Washington fell to Kane Richardson to become the paceman’s second scalp.
Karnewar and Kushang put up a brave fight to keep the innings going and reducing the margin of defeat with hands of 40 in 28 balls and 41 not out in 48 balls respectively, but once James Faulkner accounted for Karnewar, Agar came back to claim last man Rahil Shah’s wicket to complete the formalities and end with 4 for 44 from 8.2 overs.
Brief scores: Australians 347/7 in 50 overs (David Warner 64, Steven Smith 55, Travis Head 65, Marcus Stoinis 76, Matthew Wade 45; Kushang Patel 2-58, Washington Sundar 2-23) beat Indian Board President’s XI 244 in 48.2 overs (Shreevats Goswami 43, Mayank Agarwal 42, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 27, Akshay Karnewar 40, Kushang Patel 41 n.o.; Kane Richardson 2-36, Ashton Agar 4-44) by 103 runs.