Live: India BPXI vs AUS – Ashton Agar bags his third as hosts slump 8 down


New Delhi: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the practice match between Indian Board President’s XI and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. (Live Streaming – Where to watch?)

SCORE: IND BPXI 156/8 | Over 34 | A K Karnewar 0, K D Patel 0

16:16 IST: Run-out mishap sends back Nitish as Shivam Chaudhary steps in next. BPXI 143/4

15:47 IST: Stoinis, Zampa combine to dismiss Sreevats and Mayank as the home side slump three down. Skipper Gurkeerat out on the field. BPXI 107/3

15:20 IST: Goswami, Agarwal consolidate Board President XI. BPXI 70/1 (15).

14:58 IST: 50 up for Board President XI in the 12th over. BPXI 54/1 (12).

14:26 IST: Board President XI lose Rahul Tripathi for 7. BPXI 13/1 (5).

14:09 IST: Indian players are out on the pitch to start the chase.

13:23 IST: End of the Australian innings. Target is 348.

13:15 IST: Wade dismissed on 45 by Patel, Stoinis falls on 76 by Khejroliya. AUS 331/7

13:05 IST: 300 up for Australia, Stoinis, Wade continue going strong.

12:56 IST: Marcus Stoinis becomes the fourth batsman to score a fifty in this game. Australia 280/5 (45).

12:40 IST: Travis Head scores a fifty and falls as 250 is up for Australia. Australia 251/5 (40).

12:16 IST: 200 up for Australia in the 35th over Australia 207/4 (35).

12:00 IST: Washington Sundar removes Glenn Maxwell for 14. Australia 166/4 (30).

11:42 IST: WICKET! Skipper Steve Smith departs after fifty. Australia 138/3 (25).

11:30 IST: Skipper Steve Smith brings up his fifty. Australia 134/2 (22).

11:25 IST: Australia still going strong after losing Warner. Australia 120/2 (20).

11:15 IST: WICKET! Warner’s innings comes to an end, he goes caught behind for 64. Australia 106/2

11:08 IST: 100-up for Australia in 15 overs.

11:05 IST: David Warner brings up his half-century in 42 balls with the help of 8 boundaries. Australia going strong despite early departure of Cartwright.

10:46 IST: After losing Cartwright early, Aussies make ammends to quickly surprass 50-run mark. Warner, Smith not shying away from playing strokes.

10:10 IST: WICKET! Cartwright dismissed by Avesh Khan on duck.

10:08 IST: David Warner and Hilton Cartwright are the openers for Australia.

10:03 IST: There players have arrived on the pitch and the action is set to begin.

09:49 IST: Steve Smith knows Rahul Tripathi and Mayank Agarwal as well as spinner Washington Sundar very well having captianed them at Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League this year. Gurkeerat Singh and fast bowler Sandeep Sharma, on the other hand, were teammates of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis at Kings XI Punjab.

09:35 IST: Australia have won the toss in Chennai and will bat first. Since it is a practice match, more than 11 players can play.

09:33 IST: It’s a pretty dry wicket, batting first should be the choice whosoever wins the toss.

09:19 IST: We are edging towards the toss. Here’s how the pitch looks like:

Ahead of the ODI series opener on September 17, the Australian cricket team will be put to test by India’s second string Board President’s XI in a practice match.

The Steven Smith-led Kangaroos will play five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) during the series, scheduled from September 17 to October 13.

The practice match might not produce a high-scoring game with the average score for the team batting first is 237 and for the second innings is 218 at the Chepauk. (Full Preview)

With most of the domestic stars busy with the Duleep Trophy, even the Board Presidents XI had to dig deep in finding players to constitute a reasonable playing XI for the warm-up game. Though they look pretty average, Punjab’s Gurkeerat Singh Mann will hope to lead lead the team and extract the best from the promising talents he has at hand like Shreevats Goswami, Rahul Tripathi, Mayank Agrawal and Nitish Rana.

Gurkeerat (44.58), Nitish (41.78) average over 40 in first-class cricket, while Goswami (32.52) and (31.92) carry a decent average in the same format.

The bowling department will be spearhead by pacer Sandep Sharma who will carry the responsibility of providing early breakthroughs for his side. Off-spinner Washington Sundar will be the key in the middle overs to stop the flow of runs from the opposition.

Smith will look to test his squad in the practice match giving them a certain chance to make their mark in Indian conditions, which might help them earn a playing XI spot in the upcoming series.

Along side the skipper, opener David Warner, Glen Maxwell, Aaron Finch will look to dominate the Board Presidents XI`s bowling attack with their experience.

All-rounder James Faulkner will look to provide depth in both the departments for the side.

Pacers Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and leg-spinner Adam Zampa will be the key in the visitor`s bowling department.


Indian Board Presidents XI: Gurkeerat Singh Mann (Captain), Shreevats Goswami (WK), Rahul Tripathi, Mayank Agarwal, Shivam Chaudhary, Washington Sundar, Nitish Rana, Govinda Poddar, Rahil Shah, Akshay Karnewar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Kushang Patel, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Sharma.

Australia: Steven Smith (Captain), Matthew Wade (WK), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.

(With IANS inputs)

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