Ashton Agar claimed four wickets for 44    Getty Images (File Photo)
Ashton Agar claimed four wickets for 44 Getty Images (File Photo)

Australian spinner Ashton Agar claimed four wickets for 44 runs, as the visitors rode to a comfortable 103-run win over Board President’s XI in the first warm-up tie at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Apart from Agar, opening batsman David Warner, skipper Steven Smith, Travis Head and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade scored fifties to steer the visitors to a massive total of 347 for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. However, Board President’s XI fell miserably short of the target. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Board Presidents XI vs Australia 2017-18, Warm-up match at Chennai

Board President s XI, in pursuit of 348 runs, did not start well, as they lost opener Rahul Tripathi in the fourth over. Impressive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), Tripathi edged a simple catch to Matthew Wade off Kane Richardson.

Richardson, making a comeback in the Australian outfit, was rather uneconomical. Shreevats Goswami and Mayank Agarwal briefly rescued the BP XI side. Agarwal, who was a regular feature for Delhi Daredevils, came out with clear content and whacked Travis Head and Richardson for plenty.

Shreevats, meanwhile, did not bottle down to the pressure and picked up runs at a brisk rate. Australia were lucky to scalp back-to-back wickets in the form of Agarwal and Shreevats.

Agarwal handed his wicket to Adam Zampa for 43, while Shreevats got himself castled by Marcus Stoinis for 42. Australia post 347 for 7 against Board President’s XI as four men score fifties

Mumbai Indians new find in IPL 2017, Nitish Rana along with skipper Gurkeerat Singh Mann, calmed things down for the host side. 28-run stand between Gurkeerat and Rana was brought to an end by Steven Smith s direct hit to dismiss the latter for 19. There were hardly any consistent partnerships thereafter as the wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.

However, after eight wickets had fallen for the side, it was the pair of Akshay Karnewar and Kushang Patel, who contributed to a surprising 66-run stand for the ninth wicket, giving the Australians a mild scare of a possible upset, and were the ray of hope for BP. However, it was at the score of 222, when Karnewar fell for 40 to Faulkner, after being caught by Maxwell, while just 22 runs later, it was the final wicket of Rahil Shah, who fell for a mere single to Agar, after being caught by Hilton Cartwright.

Earlier, batting first, it was a strong Australian outfit that muscled Board President s XI bowler. As many as four frontline batsmen passed the fifty run mark David Warner, Steven Smith, Travis Head and Stoinis. Wade too played a handy knock of 45 to guide Australia to 347 for 7 in 50 overs. For BP XI, it was Washington Sundar who starred picking 2 for 23. Kulwant Khejroliya too picked 2 wickets but went for plenty.

Brief scores:

Australia 347 for 7 in 50 overs (Travis Head 65 , Marcus Stoinis 76; Washington Sundar 2 for 23) beat Board President s XI 244 in 48.2 overs ( Shreevats Goswami 43, Mayank Agarwal 4; Ashton Agar 4 for 44) by 103 runs.