Aussies romp to victory in ODI warm-up

Australia has had no trouble transitioning to the white ball, securing a comfortable 103-run win over the Indian Board Presidents XI on Tuesday in the lead up to the side’s ODI series against India.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Steve Smith joined vice-captain David Warner at the crease after Hilton Cartwright fell for a second-ball duck.

The experienced duo put on 106 for the second wicket, both reaching half centuries before Warner fell for 64 and Smith 55. Travis Head then notched a run a ball 65 and while Glenn Maxwell departed for 14, Marcus Stoinis showed everyone why he’s so highly rated, smashing 76 from 60 balls including four fours and five sixes.

Matthew Wade hammered 45 off 24 balls at the end of the innings as the Australians reached 7/347 after 50 overs.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson took the new ball and it was the latter who struck first, removing Rahul Tripathi in the fourth over.

The BPXI steadied with a 79-run stand before the introduction of Adam Zampa broke the partnership. A clutter of wickets fell for the home side with Ashton Agar striking twice in the middle order along with a brilliant piece of fielding from Smith which saw the hosts reduced to 5/143 in the 31st over.

Agar continued on his wicket-taking ways, eventually claiming the final wicket to finish with figures of 8.2-1-44-4. It continues an impressive showing on the subcontinent for Agar as he appears next in line to claim the mantle as Australia’s number one spinner.

Richardson picked up two wickets while James Faulkner, Zampa and Stoinis claimed one as the hosts were bundled out for 244 in 48.2 overs.

Pat Cummins was managed as he bowled just four overs as Coulter-Nile impressed despite not grabbing a scalp, conceding just 16 runs off his seven overs.

It was Australia’s lone warm-up game with the four-match ODI series against India beginning on September 17 in Chennai.

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