Smith’s side starts by beating Board’s President XI

"It would be a tough job for me here as left handed spinner" says AgarA 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.

Skipper Steve Smith, David Warner and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis scored fifties to put up a big score to start a warming series against India ahead.

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.

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Kane Richardson provided the early breakthrough for Australia after they came to defend their 354 runs that they put on the board.

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).

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.

Shakib Ahmed