Australian Captain Steven Smith started the Australia’s India tour in a striking manner with the help of his 30th first-class century. Australia reached 211/2 at tea on the first day of a three-day warm up match against India A.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 17, 2017
At the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai – Opening batsman David Warner lost his wicket after scoring 25 runs leaving Australia for 33/1. Matt Renshaw got out, scoring just 11 runs. Star bowler Navdeep Saini took both the wickets.
Captain Smith arrived at the crease in the 9th over of the innings, batted fluently and was hardly troubled by the bowling barring. Smith completed his century in 154 balls with the help of 11 fours and only one six in 186 minutes.
Shaun Marsh and Smith reached their partnership to 100 in 151 balls – Australia 158/2. Marsh made his half-century in 86 balls in 131 minutes.
For the home team, Delhi’s Navdeep Saini was the most impressive bowler in a fine first spell of 6-2-13-2.
Steve Smith retired from batting duty on 107, Peter Handcomb joined Shaun Marsh on the pitch. It was 100th First Class match for Captain Smith.
Marsh brought up his century off 173 balls with 11×4 and 1×6 – Australia 288/2 after 75 overs.
Australia cricket team posted 327/3 (90 overs) on Day 1, with Steve Smith scoring 107 and Shaun Marsh 104 (both retiring after tons), in the three-day warm-up match against India A at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
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