Bawne, Agarwal take WI bowlers to cleaners
Vadodara: Mayank Agarwal scored a brisk 90 while Ankit Bawne hit a patient hundred as Board President’s XI scored 360/6 before declaring against the West Indies in the warmup game here on Saturday.
Opener Agarwal played his natural attacking game, hitting 14 fours and two sixes, but Prithvi Shaw (8) was removed quickly after hitting two fours in the two-day game.
Karun Nair (29) 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 veteran spinner Devendra Bishoo (3/104 in 21 overs), who had the last laugh when a century looked there for the taking for Iyer.
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 fours. Bawne’s hundred came off 153 balls.
Agarwal 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.
BP XI 360/6 decl in 90 overs (A Bawne 116*, M Agarwal 90, S Iyer 61; D Bishoo 3/104) vs West Indies