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Ind ‘B’ in Deodhar Trophy final after triumph over TN

Manish Pandey scores 104; Kulkarni, Axar pick 3 wickets each

India ‘B’ registered a 32-run victory against Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 winners, Tamil Nadu in Vizag. Having won both their matches of the league phase, the Parthiv Patel-led team booked a place for themselves in the Prof. DB Deodhar Trophy 2016-17 final. Manish Pandey helped shape the India ‘B’ innings with a 104-run knock to set the opposition a 317-run target after Parthiv opted to bat. TN opener, Kaushik Gandhi’s 134-ball 124 went in vain as the Dhawal Kulkarni-led attack bowled the side out for 284.

Kulkarni and Axar Patel claimed three wickets each while Kulwant Khejroliya and CV Milind picked two wickets apiece to help the side to their second successive win.

Earlier, M Mohammed claimed skipper Parthiv for 11 to give TN their first breakthrough. However, Pandey joined Shikhar Dhawan in building a platform for a formidable total. The pair took the team to the three-figure mark with a 86-run stand until the opener was bowled by R Sai Kishore for 50. In his next over, the bowler castled Govind Poddar to leave the team on 110 for three. 28 runs later, Ishank Jaggi was the next to be sent back by W Antony Dhas.

Pandey then found an able ally in Axar Patel to shift the momentum back in India ‘B’s favour. The duo added 98 runs for the fifth wicket until the lower middle-order bat was sent back by Sai Kishore. 23 runs later the left-arm spinner claimed Pandey to complete a four-for and leave the side on 259 for six. The lower-order then added valuable runs at a brisk pace to take the team past the 300-run mark and set TN a stiff target. A Karnerwar was unbeaten on 28 off 25 as he took his side to 316 for eight until the end of the innings.

Gandhi then anchored the chase with a determined century. After Kulkarni dismissed GS Raju, N Jagadeeshan joined forces with the opener to set up the chase for TN with a 114-run partnership. The flourishing stand was ended by Axar, who dismantled the No 3 bat’s woodwork to keep his side in the game. 39 runs later he accounted for Dinesh Karthik while Khejroliya accounted for Vijay Shankar 59 runs later. The India ‘B’ bowlers then continued to strike at regular intervals while the opener stoically held up one end. The left arm pacer then followed up with the wicket of MS Washinton Sundar in his next while M Mohammed was sent back by Axar to leave the side on 259 for six.

Kulkarni then picked the wicket of Baba Indrajith for one while Gandhi’s resistance was ended in the 47th over by Milind to leave TN on 277 for eight. In the next two overs, Kulkarni and Milind claimed a wicket each to bowl TN out with eight balls to spare. 

BCCI Staff

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Dhawal Kulkarni seals victory for India ‘B’ with hat-trick

Shikhar Dhawan slams 128 off 122 balls

India ‘B’ kicked off their Deodhar Trophy 2016-17 campaign with a 23-run win over India ‘A’ in the opening match of the one-day tournament. Dhawal Kulkarni’s hat-trick - Shardul Thakur off the last ball off the 47th over followed by wickets of a rampaging Deepak Hooda (46 off 27) and Siddharth Kaul - in the penultimate over helped the side bag a win. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan’s well compiled 122-ball 128 complemented by half-centuries from Parthiv Patel and Ishank Jaggi helped set the match up for India ‘B’.

Asked to bat by Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv opening the batting with Dhawan, laid the foundation for a big total with a 93-run opening stand until Kaul struck. The pacer from Punjab, accounted for the India ‘B’ skipper and dismissed Shreevats Goswami off the last ball of the over to leave the side on 95 for two. Jaggi then forged a 103-run stand with the left-handed opener until he was sent back by Krunal Pandya. And 57 runs later, Hooda accounted for Dhawan who was looking to up the ante leaving the side on 255 for four with a little over nine overs left in the innings.

While the rest of the lineup made brisk and valuable contributions Kaul and Pandya struck at regular intervals and didn’t allow for partnerships to flourish. Kaul finished with a five-for as India ‘A’ restricted the Parthiv-led team to 327 for eight.

With a formidable total to attain, Mayank Agarwal and Mandeep Singh put together 45 runs until Axar Patel castled the latter. Kulwant Khejroliya then followed up with the wicket of the opener from Karnataka to leave India ‘A’ on 57 for two. Manoj Tiwary then joined forces with Ambati Rayudu to add 79 runs for the third wicket until he was sent back by the pacer.

Rayudu, continued to hold up one end and kept the side in the chase even as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. Rishabh Pant was caught by A Karnewar off his own bowling 49 runs later. The spinner also accounted for Pandya a while later to leave India ‘A’ on 233 for five and in his next claimed the vital wicket of the No 3 batsman. With the team on 250 for six with a little over seven overs left, Hooda continued to fight with the lower-order. The swashbuckling batsman took the attack to the bowlers. Axar sent back Harbhajan and Shardul joined the hard-hitting bat in the middle. However, he was sent back for an 8-ball 17 by his Mumbai team-mate leaving the side on 300 for eight with 18 balls left. Kulkarni then bowled the side to victory with the wickets of Hooda and Kaul.  

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