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Centurion Aparajith sets-up victory overs SL in Emerging Teams Asia Cup

Aswin Crist, Kanishk Seth bowl India U-23 to victory

India opened their account in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup with a 35-run win against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. Put in to bat, skipper Baba Aparajith propelled the team to 288 for nine with a century to set the game up for his side. The Aswin Crist and Kanishk Seth-led attack then bowled the team to victory. The pacers claimed three wickets each while spinner R Chahar took two wickets.

Earlier, India lost the wicket of AR Easwaran to Asitha Fernando with just nine runs on the board. Shubham Gill then joined Shivam Chowdhary in an effort to build a platform for a solid total. The duo added 57 for the second wicket until Amila Aponsu castled the No 3 bat to leave India on 66 for two. The opener then forged a 52-run stand with the skipper before he was run out for 56.

After the departure of Chowdhary, Aparajith found an able ally in Hanuma Vihari to build on the foundation. The pair added 119 runs for the fourth wicket until Vihari was bowled for 56 by Wannidu De Silva. Two runs later Ankush Bains was trapped lbw by Aponsu and the captain followed him back to the pavilion 20 balls later. Aparajith was dismissed for 100 by Chamika Karunarathne leaving India on 256 for six with a little over four overs left in the innings. As the lower order strove to add quick useful runs to the total, India continued to lose wickets and were 288 for nine at the end of their 50 overs.

Defending the competitive total, Aswin struck in the first over to leave Sri Lanka on one for one while, Seth accounted for Sadeera Samarawickrama 26 runs later. As India looked for breakthroughs, Shehan Jayasuria and Charith Asalanka stitched a partnership in an effort to shape the chase. They had put together 89 runs for the third wicket until Jayasuria was out lbw to R Chahar. The Indian bowlers then continued to strike at regular intervals and maintained a hold on the innings.

Angelo Perera's run out then left Sri Lanka on 142 for four while Kithruwan Vithanage too was run out by Easwaran a few overs later. Asalanka who had held up one end was sent back by Seth to tip the balance in India's favour. Nine runs later Chahar accounted for Anuk Fernando while Seth dismantled Chamika Karunarathne's stumps to leave SL on 242 for eight. Aswin then wrapped up the game with the wickets of De Silva and Aponsu.

Man of the match: Baba Aparajith for his match-winning century.

BCCI Staff

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Tamil Nadu in Deodhar Trophy final after beating India 'A'

Dinesh Karthik (93) stars with the bat; Spinners dismantle India ‘A’

With a thumping 73-run win against India 'A' in a must win game, Tamil Nadu booked themselves a spot in the Prof DB Deodhar Trophy 2016-17, final. The Vijay Shankar-led Vijay Hazare Trophy champions will face-off against India 'B' for the title in Vizag. With a 159-run partnership, Dinesh Karthik (93) and N Jagadeesan helped set the Harbhajan Singh-led team a 304-run target. The TN spinners then defended the total at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.Rahil Shah and Sai Kishore claimed three wickets apiece while M Ashwin and MS Washington Sundar picked a wicket each.

After Tamil Nadu opted to bat, Shardul Thakur accounted for Ganga Sridhar Raju to end the opening stand and claimed Kaushik Gandhi a ball later to leave the team on 51 for two.

TN's in form batsman, Dinesh then joined Jagadeesan in forging a solid partnership. The pair steadily milked the India 'A' attack to take the side past the 200-run mark until KrunalPandya struck. The left-arm spinner had Jagadeesan stumped for 71 to leave TN on 210 for three. 23 runs later, the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed by Thakur in the 41st over. Baba Indrajith, who then took guard saw the team past the 300-run mark with the lower middle-order. He was unbeaten on 36 off 28 as he took the team to 303 for six with a M Ashwin (12 off 13).
Chasing the stiff target, Mandeep Singh strove to anchor the chase for India 'A'. The opener made 97 off 114 as he stoically held up one end while the TN bowlers struck at regular intervals. MayankAgarwal was the first to be sent back for 12 by M Mohammed.

The Tamil Nadu spinners then wrecked the rest of the line-up to and bowled the team to victory with 32 balls to spare.

Sai Kishore then caught AmabatiRayudu off his own bowling to end the second wicket partnership for 35. With Pandya for company, Mandeep formed a stand to keep the side in the chase. However the blossoming partnership was ended by M Ashwin for 72. A bit later while ManojTiwary was run out by Vijay Shankar leaving India 'A' on 167 for four, Sundar then bowled Pant for six. Deepak Hooda, who then came to the crease but took on the bowlers during his 23-ball 26, until he was sent back by Sai Kishore. And without a run added to the scorecard, Shah dealt a double blow in the following over to leave the side on 214 for eight. He accounted for Harbhajan Singh and Thakur in the 42nd over to tip the game in TN's favour. In his next over the left-arm spinner bowled ShahbazNadeem to put the side firmly in driver's seat. In the next over, Mandeep's resistance was ended by Sai Kishore three runs short of a century to seal a place in the final for TN.

BCCI Staff

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