Thumping win for India Blue, will meet Green again in final
Indore: India Blue wallopped India Green by 111 runs in the final round robin encounter of the NKP Salve Challenger Series, being held here.
However, the defeat didn`t prove too costly for the Greens as they made it to the finals by the virtue of having a better run-rate than India Red.
Opting to bat first, India Blue scored 320 for eight courtesy, a 193-run second wicket partnership between Shikhar Dhawan (109, 121 balls, 14x4) and Ajinkya Rahane (95, 107 balls, 8x4, 2x6) after Shreevats Goswami (0) was unfortunately run-out of the very second ball of the match.
The duo batted for nearly 35 overs, it was Rahane who was adjudged leg before to an Abhimanyu Mithun delivery that looked pretty adjacent.
Rahane who gave a few chances was unlucky not to cross the three-figure mark.
Dhawan, who got a well deserved century fell when he was caught at long-on off Jaskaran Singh;s bowling.
Jaskaran however was hammered for 77 runs in his 10-over spell.
It was Bengal boys Manoj Tiwary (46, 27 balls, 6x4, 1x6) and Wriddhiman Saha (20, 8 balls, 3x4, 1x6) who added 33 runs in only 16 deliveries to take the score past 300-mark.
The Green team never looked like reaching the target after losing three wickets for 37 runs in first 11 overs.
Kedar Jadhav (71) scored a few runs as they were all-out for 209 in 42 overs.
V Yomahesh was the most successful bowler claiming three for 34.