Board President's XI vs Australia

Australian cricketer Aaron Finch

"I think it was 40 too many; 280, 290 would have been a decent target", he said.

Having walked onto Chepauk Stadium after Australia had lost 3-52 midway through their innings, Stoinis did exactly what he'd done in Auckland more than seven months earlier; cautiously stemmed the bleeding and then unleashed a breath-taking counter-attack, clearing the rope five times and hitting it on four occasions to score 76 from just 60 balls.

After choosing to bat, David Warner (64 off 48 balls) and Steve Smith (55 off 68) gave Australia an ideal start.

It was all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade who provided the fireworks for Australia in the death-overs. Powered by solid contributions from their batting order, with as many as four batsmen making half-centuries, the Australians ran up 347 for 7 before Ashton Agar returned a four-wicket haul to send Board President's XI packing for 244.

Despite being part of five worldwide tours over the past 18 months, Marcus Stoinis is still yet to shake the "next in line" tag he earned by being one of the best and most consistent performers on the Australian domestic scene. We've got an Indian coach Sridharan Sriram (spin consultant) there, and I've been working closely with him. Stoinis, who walked in with his side in some trouble at 158 for 4 in the 29th over, looked in good touch from the word go.

Gurkeermat Mann will consider this match very seriously, because a brilliant performance in this game may once again open the door for him to the National team.

While Stoinis and his team had a good outing, it was also a bit of a reality check for the Board President's side, and coach Hemang Badani felt that players have enough to learn from Tuesday's match. But we are different [kinds of] all-rounders. "Batting second tends to become hard".

Opener Shreevats Goswami top scored for the President's XI with 43 runs before being bowled by Stoinis.

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"Ashton Agar bowled beautifully", Stoinis said. "I think we have to score a lot of runs in this series". "It is also about understanding conditions and what lengths you want".

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