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Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Bawne power Board President's XI to 360/6 against West Indies on Day 1 of warm-up game

Mayank Agarwal served a timely reminder to the selectors with a brisk 90 while Ankit Bawne hit a patient hundred as Board President's XI scored 360 for six before declaring against the Windies in the warm-up game in Vadodara on Saturday.

Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Bawne power Board President's XI to 360/6 against West Indies on Day 1 of warm-up game

Vadodara: Mayank Agarwal served a timely reminder to the selectors with a brisk 90 while Ankit Bawne hit a patient hundred as Board President's XI scored 360 for six before declaring against the Windies in the warm-up game in Vadodara on Saturday.

In the national reckoning since last season, opener Agarwal played his natural attacking game, hitting 14 boundaries and two sixes, but Prithvi Shaw (8) was removed quickly after hitting two boundaries in the two-day game.

Board President's XI batsmen against Windies on Day 1 of the two-day practice match. Image courtesy: Twitter @windiescricket

Board President's XI batsmen against Windies on Day 1 of the two-day practice match. Image courtesy: Twitter @windiescricket

Karun Nair (29), whose confidence took a beating after being benched during the entire the England Test series, missed a golden opportunity to play a big knock on a flat track where BP XI players maintained a run-rate of four per over.

Shreyas Iyer (61 off 64 balls) was in the T20 mode, hitting five sixes, and he was especially severe on spinner Devendra Bishoo (3/104 in 21 overs), who had the last laugh when a century looked like there for the taking.

During the second part of the innings, Maharashtra batsman Bawne showed why he is such a consistent performer in domestic cricket with an unbeaten 116 off 195 balls with 15 boundaries. Bawne's hundred came off 153 balls.

The match was like a last trial for the Shaw-Agarwal pair, which has been prolific at the domestic and A level matches.

Shaw is likely to retain his place in the squad for the Tests but it is not clear if Agarwal can make it, with the team management more inclined to pick Shikhar Dhawan for his prolific record on sub-continent decks.

Shaw was quickly snuffed out by opposition pacer Shannon Gabriel, caught by Shimron Hetmyer, but Agarwal didn't let the tempo drop and hit the pacers on the up.

He hit some lovely drives on both sides of the wicket. His half-century came off 73 balls as he added 82 runs for the third wicket with Nair.

Agarwal and Nair were out in quick succession but Iyer and Bawne added 113 runs in 25.2 overs for the fifth wicket.

Brief Scores: BP XI 360/6 decl in 90 overs (Ankit Bawne 116 no, Mayank Agarwal 90, Devendra Bishoo 3/104) vs West Indies.

Updated Date: September 29, 2018 20:09:09 IST

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