India A thrash India B by 87 runs to lift Deodhar Trophy

Kanpur: India A lifted the Deodhar Trophy after demolishing India B by 87 runs in the final as opener Faiz Fazal hit a patient hundred, which was complemented well by their pacers, here yesterday.

Batting first, India A scored a healthy 286 for seven in 50 overs riding on an opening stand of 162 between Fazal (100) and Test specialist Murali Vijay (69).

During the later part of the innings, another India discard Kedar Jadhav struck a quikfire 58 off 39 balls to prop up the score.

Fazal and Vijay batted for more than 31 overs during their partnership. The Vidarbha captain hit nine boundaries and three sixes -- one each of Pawan Negi, Karn Sharma and Baba Aparajith. Vijay was more patient playing 91 balls for his 69 with three fours and equal number of sixes.

In reply, India B were all out for 199 in 40.4 overs with Krishna Das (2/32), Sreenath Aravind (2/43) and Shardul Thakur (2/47) sharing the bulk of the spoils. Left-arm spinners Shahbaz Nadeem (3/36) then polished off the tail with only Stuart Binny scoring a respectable 60.

India B practically lost the match within 15th over with half of the team back in the hut for 54 runs.

Skipper Unmukt Chand (8), Mayank Agarwal (3), Shreyas Iyer (24), Bapa Aparajith (0) and Dinesh Karthik (12) were back due to some fine bowling by Krishna and Aravind, who accounted for four of the first five wickets.

Suryakumar Yadav (45) and Binny added 62 runs for the sixth wicket but that was never going to be enough in the long run. Karn Sharma blasted three sixes in the end but that was in a losing cause.

Brief Scores: India A 286/7 (Faiz Fazal 100, Murali Vijay 69, Kedar Jadhav 58 no, Dhawal Kulkarni 2/31)
India B 199 in 40.4 overs (Stuart Binny 60, Suryakumar Yadav 45, Krishna Das 2/32, Srinath Aravind 2/43, Shardul Thakur 2/47). India A win by 87 runs.

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