India A v Pakistan A, Darwin July 6, 2006

Gambhir stars as India romp to convincing win

Cricinfo staff

India A 3 for 313 (Gambhir 142*, Uthappa 72) beat Pakistan A 183 (Mohmand 84, Chawla 3-34) by 130 runs

India A turned in a sound allround performance to humble Pakistan A by 130 runs in their limited-overs match in the Top End Series in Darwin. Opener Gautam Gambhir led the assault for India with an undefeated 142 which propelled them to 313. His 147-run opening stand with Robin Uthappa (72) laid the foundation for a big score. Rohit Sharma (47*) joined Gambhir after captain Venugopal Rao was dismissed, and the pair added 121 in the last 15 overs.

Pakistan began poorly, with Rudra Pratap Singh and Shib Paul, the Indian seamers, making early inroads. Rafatullah Mohmand was the only batsman to cross fifty, while the rest succumbed, mostly to the spinners. Leg spinner Piyush Chawla finished with figures of 3 for 34 from his 10 overs while Rao chipped in with two wickets, including that of Mohmand for 84. Parthiv Patel, India's wicketkeeper, too had a good outing, effecting five dismissals.