Australia warm-up for series against India with resounding win in tour game

Ashton Agar (left) picked four wickets in the game
Ashton Agar (left) picked four wickets in the game
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Australia 347-7 (Stoinis 76) beat
Indian Board Presidents XI 244 (Agar 4-44) by 103 runs
Tour game in Chennai

After Australia flexed their batting muscle to post 347 for seven, Ashton Agar led the bowling attack with a four wicket haul to wrap up the Indian Board Presidents XI for just 244 runs in the 49th over as the visitors completed a 103 run win in the tour game in Chennai.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Hilton Cartwright (0) was dismissed for a second ball duck by Avesh Khan (1-40) but David Warner (64) and Steven Smith (55) shared a 106 run stand for the second wicket that came off just 86 deliveries to set the tone for the innings.

Even though both the batsmen fell on reaching their respective half-century, the innings was carry forwarded by Travis Head (65) and Marcus Stoinis (76) as Australia crossed the 200-run mark.

Head's knock came at almost run-a-ball while Stoinis was the aggressor among the two as the visitors were nearing the 300-run mark. The late flourish came from Matthew Wade (45) with his 24-ball cameo to take Australia to 347 for seven in their innings.

In the chase, Rahul Tripathi (7) fell early but Shreevats Goswami (43) and Mayank Agarwal (42) helped them recover a bit with a 79 run partnership.

The introduction of spinners halted the IBPXI's progress as they slipped from 102 for two to 156 for eight before knocks from Akshay Karnewar (40) and Kushang Patel (41 not out) ensured they posted 244 before they were bowled out in 48.2 overs.

Agar (4-44) was the pick of the Australian bowlers with a four wicket haul while Kane Richardson (2-36) had two wickets.

Australia will now face India in the first of the five ODIs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

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