Pujara, Kulkarni steer India `A` to big win over Scotland
Glasgow: In-form skipper Cheteshwar Pujara struck a fluent hundred before Dhawal Kulkarni wrecked havoc with a five-wicket burst as India `A` thumped Scotland by 152 runs in their second List `A` match here.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, the Indians posted a formidable 281 for seven in their 50 overs, riding on Pujara`s unbeaten knock of 122 and a half century by Abhinav Mukund.
In response, the Scots folded up for 129 in 35.4 overs.
The Indians though were not off to a good start, losing openers Ajinkya Rahane (29) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) rather quickly.
India has 50 runs on the board when Pujara walked in and along with Mukund, put on 83 runs. The partnership could have continued had Mukund not been run out after responding to an edgy call from Pujara.
Mukund struck six fours in his fifty which took 60 balls.
But Pujara didn`t let the mix-up affect and with next man in Manoj Tiwary (41), stitched together a 109-run stand that guided India to a defendable total.
Pujara struck 12 fours and a six in his 117-ball innings.
In reply, Scotland were off to a disastrous start and they lost four wickets with just 62 runs on the scoreboard.
Richie Berrington (24) and Moneeb Iqbal (33) tried to rebuild the innings but once they departed the Scottish innings collapsed.
Apart from Kulkarni`s five for 29 in nine overs, Iqbal Abdulla also impressed by scalping three for 21 runs in 7.4 overs.