India A v India B, Challenger Trophy final, Rajkot October 2, 2012

Vijay ton, bowlers crush India A

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India B 356 for 3 (Vijay 155, Pujara 79) beat India A 217 (Rahane 64, Dhawan 61, Binny 3-26) by 139 runs
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After two close games, the final of the Challenger Trophy was one sided. India B crushed India A under the weight of their big total of 356, as they won the final in Rajkot by 139 runs. M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kedhar Jadhav did the bulk of the scoring, with Vijay scoring 155. India A had four batsmen who made double figures but none of them lasted long enough for a spirited reply.

India B opener Vijay, who had scored 93 against Bengal on Monday, took 121 balls to lead his team to a strong position at 277 for 3, when he departed in the 41st over. He and Baba Aparajith added 68 for the first wicket, after which Pujara joined him to add 192 more. With 80 scored in the final ten overs, courtesy of Kedar Jadhav's quick 60, India B crossed the 350-run mark.

India A were jolted early when they lost their first wicket, Robin Uthappa, in the second over. Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan put on 115 runs in 123 balls to keep them in the hunt, but a collapse ensued, helped by two wickets and a run out from Ravindra Jadeja, to leave India A at 150 for 6 in the 31st over.

A required run rate of 10.89 with only tailenders to bat swung the game in India B's favour. And although Manish Pandey played a determined knock of 47 in a seventh wicket stand of 64 with Abhimanyu Mithun, his departure in the 40th over ensured the contest was virtually over. Seamer Stuart Binny was the top wicket-taker with three scalps, as four bowlers proved economical, going for less than five runs per over each.

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  • AbdulHameed on October 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    All these dead pitches prepared in Indian cricket does not help India to get good bowlers and batsmen. These batsmen who hit centuries and double centuries on these dead pitches are taken into Team India to play matches on foreign soil where they fail ultimately because they are not aware of any good pitches, especially seaming and pacy pitches. Does India not need any bowlers at all?

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Indian curators are very Pathetic..They are often making these Batting paradises where even no.11 can make a 50.BCCI has to strongly look upon this and make Sporting wickets.India as a country is always nurturing batsmen. Now every kid in this country wants to be a Batsman than a Spearhead pace bowler. We are always wanting in pitches where there is some juice. By preparing sporting wickets we can identify which Batsman cope all sort of conditions and which bowler is making it difficult. Its high time BCCI has to make some arrangements to nurture bowlers. In recent World T20 also, we lost because of our bowlers only. Srilankan bowlers able to defend 140 but we coudn't. But still people are talking abt failure of Batsmen..Hope we produce fearsome fast bowlers in future..

  • Alex on October 3, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    These games has to be live telecasted , so people can see. i never had good opinion on pujara until i saw. if i did n't see u-19 worldcup i would n't who is aparjith is? He is next number 3 of india. He has great technique and temparament. Only issue is , can he get physically stonger like benche press 300lbs. Because stronger you are better consistency. Rohit sharma failing only because he has great technique but physically weak and do not want to hit the gym and get stronger. That is what happens. Potential one thing. Production needs stronger work ethic.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Murali vijay is in tremendous form, and still he has to prove some more domestic tournaments. badrinath and rahane can replace sehwag and gambhir. but they should play in middle order.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    vijay is in top form ..hope he transform his form in CLT20 and if possible in test for india...plz get rid of gambhir and sehwag...they had enough chances...

  • yuvraj on October 3, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Vijay, Rahane and Mukund can Replace Sehwag and Gambhir in the coming home teast series against England. One could be a reserve opener, may be Mukund comparing the form of other two. We say India has a strong batting line up and we know how "good" our current openers are. You dont have to drop them, but rest them for the time being. And if they get back to back make some arrangements in the batting line up to find the better XI. Hope these guys do well against international sides..

  • P Subramani on October 3, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    This Challenger series only confirmed what everyone already knew. Sadly, all the matches were played on shirt fronts where one did not have to be a great batsman to score big runs. That Pujara scored a mountain of runs would only go to show how hungry he is and how much of a price he puts on his wicket. It was good also that he got the opportunity to keep in touch. Vijay is a clean stroke maker with timing as his forte. Against anything but top class pace and on benign wickets he can be a fine batsman to watch who can also score big. I saw the hundred he got against Australia in the Bangalore Test match some years back,where the wicket was good.That was the game in which Pujara scored 72 in India's 208 run chase.Vijay played well. I hope however that he gets into the habit of taking a longer stride when he plays of the front foot because that seems to be his Achilles heel. At this moment, Rahane and Vijay seem a good bet to open,if Sehwag and Gambhir fail in the first Test on 15 11

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    no1 is talking about kedar jadhav.. he has played some very useful knocks and he has the best list a average better than vijay n pujara

  • nik on October 3, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    what's the point of this worthless tournament played on flat tracks? Almost every game produced 300+, even 350+ scores. No help for bowlers whatsoever. Folks like Vijay thrive here, but can't put bat to ball when the latter moves around. Waste of energy and waste of time. BCCI, make sporting wickets!!!

  • Ashok on October 3, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    I like Pujara, the scoring Machine! Also Vijay & Dhawan have scored heavily as openers & are looking better than the Indian openers Gambhir & Sehwag. Pujara's form is heartening & I hope he keeps up that form when he plays against England in the test matches later this month. I keep hearing how "talented" Rohit Sharma is. However his defence & overall batting technique is poor & invariably gets him out. Rohit has never converted his talent into Runs despite umpteen chances. I think soon he will be a forgotten Man with so many youngsters showing up. It looks like Raina may have found a place in the Indian Test team in the middle order along with Kohli, Pujara, Tendulkar & Dhoni. India needs 3 seamers to assist Ashwin & Ojha.Ishant & Yadev need to step up their bowling to join or challenge ZAK & Irfan. Yadev's erratic length & direction may rule him out. Dhawal Kulkarni is a good seamer but neglected by the Selectors. These India A & B games were real eye openers for all Fans.

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