India XI faces 103-run defeat against Australia

 . Last updated on September 13, 2017, 3:13 PM
India XI faces 103-run defeat against Australia
Stoinis score of 76 runs was crucial for the high score. The player said IPL stint helped him.


In the first warm up match in India tour, Australia beat the India Board President's XI by a massive 103 runs. The visitors scored 347 runs while, the XI team could only score 244 runs in the chase. The highest scorer in team Australia was Marcus Stoinis with 76 runs. Travis Head scored 65 runs. While in India squad, Shreevats Goswami scored 43 and Mayank Agarwal had 42 runs. Ashton Agar slogged India's chase was taking 4 wickets for 44 runs. While, the India XI could not show up a better bowling stance than Washington Sundar's 2 for 23 runs.

In the beginning of the match Australia bolstered its score with the partnership between David Warner and Steven Smith for 106 runs. Warner smashed a 48-balls-64 run, while Smith plundered 55 off 68 balls. There was a run down in the inning with the team falling from 106 for 1 to 158 for 4 as Warner, Smith and Glenn Maxwell headed back to pavilion. However, the middle order grew stronger with Marcus Stoinis scoring 76 in the partnership with Travis Head. The latter added 65 off 63 balls. After Head, the batsman partnered with Mathew Wade for 76 runs. In the stretch, Wade scored 45 off 24 balls. Stoinis acknowledged his stints in IPL as the refinement in his form. He said the pre-exposure to Indian conditions helped him.

The India XI's coach admitted the bowling woes of the team citing the 300 plus score as 'too many.' The bowling wobble in India was the reason of the defeat by a large margin. Washington Sundar and Rahil Shah conceded 55 runs in 15 overs. While in batting, there was a little resistance from the XI. There was only a single palpable partnership in the inning. The 78-run stand between Goswami and Agarwal started the chase on a positive note, but it faded gradually. In the middle order, Akshay Karnewar scored 40 and Kushang scored 41 batting until the last over.

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