Chennai, Feb 12: Parvez Rassol's seven-wicket haul keeps the visitors in bay, as Board President's XI restricted Australia to 241 at stumps on Day 1, after they chose to bat first in the first warm-up match played at Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai.
Australians got some match practice as Cowan (58), Steven Smith (41), skipper Wade (35), Usman Khwaja (32) and Peter Siddle (22) all got good starts but couldn't capitalize on that as Parvez Rassol was on fire, as he picked up 7 wickets for 45 runs off 28.3 overs.
IPL 6 million-dollar baby Glenn Maxwell was dismissed for a nought while Moises Henriques scored 16 in the first warm-up game.
Parvez Rassol bowls during a warm-up match
Parvez Rassol of Board President's XI bowls during a two-day practice match against Australia in Chennai on Tuesday.
Parvez Rassol celebrates the fall of Matthew Wade
Board President's XI player Parvez Rassol celebrates the wicket of Matthew Wade during the practice match in Chennai on Tuesday.
Warm-up match: Parvez Rassol claims 7 wickets on Day 1
Board President's XI player Parvez Rassol bowls during the warm-up match against Australia in Chennai on Tuesday.
Overall, it was a great day for Board President's XI, as they bundled out the visitors for 241 within 88.3 overs with Parvez Rassol picking 7 wickets on Day 1 of the warm-up match.
Though Awana, Shami Ahmed bowled very well, they had to be content finishing the day wicket-less as their teammate got the lion's share. Sarabjit Ladda claimed 2/90 while Binny dismissed Maxwell to pick up a wicket on the first day of the warm-up match at Chennai.
Board President's XI having dominated the first day, would look to perform well in the next three sessions that serves as a morale booster ahead of the most important series.
Brief Scores: First Warm-up match Day 1
Australia - 241 (Ed Cowan 58, Steven Smith (41), Matthew Wade (35), Usman Khwaja (32), Peter Siddle (22), Parvez Rassol 7/45, Sarabjit Ladda 2/90, Stuart Binny 1/29)
Australia: Matthew Wade (capt), Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Ashton Agar.
Board President's XI: Abhinav Mukund (capt), Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Parthiv Patel, Stuart Binny, Sarabjit Ladda, Parvez Rassol, Shami Ahmed, Parvinder Awana, Kamlesh Makwana.