India Blue v India Green, NKP Salve Trophy, Nagpur October 11, 2011

Uthappa, Anirudha star for India Green

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India Green 348 for 9 (Uthappa 132, Anirudha 111, Sangwan 4-58) beat India Blue 269 (Tiwary 74, Fallah 3-59) by 79 runs
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A blistering opening partnership between Robin Uthappa and S Anirudha set up an impressive win for India Green against India Blue in Nagpur, and secured their place in the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. India Green were asked to bat first once again, however, this time they made better use of the fine platform laid by their openers and piled up 348 for 9 in their 50 overs to all but shut India Blue out of the match at the halfway stage.

Uthappa carried his form from the first match into this game, launching his aggressive knock with a lofted four to long-off and a well-executed pull off Irfan Pathan. Anirudha played the support role in the pair's century stand in the previous game, but here he matched Uthappa shot for shot. He struck Irfan for two boundaries as well, before depositing a short ball on the leg stump from Pradeep Sangwan beyond long-on.

The pair was aided by some wayward bowling from Irfan early on, as he repeatedly strayed on to the pads in an attempt to get the ball to swing in. India Blue captain S Badrinath tried to stem the flow of runs by bringing on Amit Mishra in the fifth over, but Uthappa and Anirudha continued to pick up fours and sixes at will. After the openers pummelled 34 runs off two overs, India Green had raced to 86 after eight. Unlike against India Red though, they did not waste their fine starts and pushed on to centuries, bringing the 200 up as early as the 23rd over.

The bowlers finally found some relief after Uthappa retired. Mohammad Kaif struggled to keep the momentum going before rushing down the track and playing down the wrong line to hand Mishra his first wicket. Anirudha gifted his wicket away, lofting a full toss on the leg stump to midwicket off part-timer M Vijay. Uthappa returned after India Green lost Mohnish Mishra and Ishank Jaggi in quick succession, but could not match his early tempo, striking just one more four before P Parameswaran had him bowled. Sangwan claimed wickets late in the innings as the batsmen looked for quick runs, to finish with 4 for 58 form his ten.

India Blue, who needed to win to make the final, made a poor start in the chase as Tanmay Srivastava edged behind off left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah, with CM Gautham completing a spectacular diving catch. Vijay and Saurabh Tiwary did not let the asking-rate get out of reach though, in an 87-run stand for the second wicket at better than a run-a-ball. After Vijay fell, beaten by Iqbal Abdulla's turn, Dinesh Karthik provided Tiwary with adequate support. The pair added 48 before Tiwary hit straight to Jaggi at long-off, cutting short his promising innings of 74 off 70. India Blue had one last go at the target through Karthik and Manish Pandey, before Karthik was adjudged lbw off Abhimanyu Mithun for 49.

From then on, wickets fell at regular intervals and the required rate soared, and India Green closed out the game in the 42nd over courtesy a fine tumbling catch by Kaif to get rid of Sangwan. Badrinath, who had gone off the field during the first drinks break of the India Green innings, did not bat. Uthappa was named Man of the Match.

India Green will play India Red in the final on Thursday at the same venue.

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  • Ananth on October 13, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    I pray god to bless this Karnataka lad (R.Uthappa) play for India in the ODI's and T20,he's a talented player and big hitter of the ball, he is been there before and seen it all, but not for long!.., he did play a very important role in the first T20 world cup victory,Won that famous ODI @ the Oval in the Natwest Series 07 and played well in the CB series and hit those balls bowled by World Class Bowlers from Australia all over the park in India! We love you Bangalore boy and we Wish you play for India again and show the world what a player you are and what you are made of!.., Get back & show the world!All the Best.

  • srikanta on October 13, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @ Mr Cobra and @Some FB user : Dude if you talk of a test cap then i agree Uthappa is not even in the reconing, but committee gave Vijay, Mukund test chances ahead of Wasim Jaffer its total injustice, Plz compare their records, Jaffer had a double ton and was out due to injury and never reconsidered. Pujara from 3-4 years was prolific in domestics but got only one chance recently, where as Vijay/mukund got in national squad with just one good season..Manoj Tiwary , Manish Pandey(Domestic player of year 2010) are also consistent from past 2-3 years but they havent got chances at all if you compare to other chennai players. Is this not regional bias? But now dunno whoz taking the calls, atleast they have dropped Vijay( Occasionally plays good only in t-20's, only at Chepauk) and have picked rahane. Even if you compare Rahane to any other Chennai player you can say he has got his chances late, its like if chennai players have a priority, if all of them fail then others get in Lolz!!

  • Rakesh on October 13, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Badri does nto deserve a chance in ODIs. In test matches yes. Vijay should never be conseidered for national duties. When the required rate is over seven he barely manages a strike rate of 100. Same with badri. Vijay is just an IPL bully. That too once in a blue moon. He carries himself around the field as if he is Sachins mentor. lol.

  • sudhakar on October 13, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    vijay already failed in overseas...and uthappa is not flat track bully..He already got success in CB series which was not on flat tracks..also in south africa in T20 world cup he played well..In england he played match winning knock..He performed decent in limited opportunities he got..look at murali vijay,average of 17 with strike rate of 64 in odi.also average of 30 in tests..If uthappa gets chance in tests he can also do better than viay.The same thing was said about sehwag in past that he can not play test cricket.still sehwag is far better in tests compared to odi.If uthappa gets proper opportunities as opener like gambhir got..He can be very succcessful.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @ThatzMyView.. Well, where is badri in ur list.?? Every1 knows he deserve a chance in Test arena and its long time due now.. Yet, he is not given ample chance.. U say, Mukund got more chances than Uthappa.??? lol..!! Dinesh Karthik got chances.. But how.?? he had a roller coaster ride in slots(1-7).. He was used, wherever they missed regulars.. Mukund,Badri,Karthik,Vijay hav definitely got more techniques/shots in their sleeve than Uthappa.. And better Test match material.. I am not regionally biased.. Some1 else frm Karnataka who deserves better, may get a chance and I am up for it.. Bt, not Uthappa.. And since, you hv asked abt bowlers frm Chennai.. Balaji and Ashwin r way better than Vinay and Mithun.. I have not seen much of Aravind.. I sincerely hope, he shines against England.. :)

  • Harish on October 13, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @Balasubramanian : There is a massive conflict of interest in Chennai. The entire cricketing world knows about it. CSK is the epicentre of it all. I used to love TN cricket until it was hijacked by you know who. And by the way, I didn't mention one word about the rest. Why so touchy about Mithun / Vinay / Arvind. Arvind is in the team on the same basis as Ashwin originally was : on the back of T20 performance. Who can forget M.Vijay : He who just cannot get dropped....

  • ashok on October 13, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    simple hitting hitting can be good in sub continent, but stroke play, footwork and shot selection matters overseas I am sure that Vijay Ajikya and Parthiv will shine for India overseas...

  • Raj on October 13, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Farce-Follower. Why you are crying b/w blr & Chennai. When Uthappa chances spoiled by fellow team players when he about to become permanent. Chikka or no one was in there to put uthappa and make him dancer from no 1 to 7. I believe still he can be better cricketer if he scores like this. in last 2 years he scores on and off. If he does, then selectors can't do anything, because people like Rahane & Mukund scores every match. Just now Mukund scored 2 hundreds in last 5 days. You know one thing. Gambhir was given more chances to get his place. But there is no patience from selectors for Uthappa.

    Let us talk about players in Indian team other than Kohli. Do you think Raina deserve place? he is very very average in ODIs. played 130 ODIs, but he can't win match.

    Go and watch some videos of Srinath, you understand what is fast bowler. Don't bring this short term runners (Aravind etc) as a fast bowler. it is comedy. I have feel, it is one more staring point from KN to give more bowlers than

  • Sudhi on October 13, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Uthappa definitely deserves chances.... he was batting in different positions that did not help his confidence when opoortunities were given... Now that he keeps wickets as well he can be an ideal backup for Dhoni... Vinaykumar,Mithun and Aravind have made it to the team because of their consistent show in the domestic season

  • Arun on October 13, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    BaDri's capatancy was not gud in this match ...nd also irfan's performance , If he would 've brought Prasanth Parameswaran as first change in bowling the result would have been different ,and there is no point of discussing about talent of Uthappa , bcoz he nd Sreekanth's son performed in a flat track against old guns like Pathan-Ohja-Misra . He 'nt performed well against Prasanth .

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