Vijay's ton guides India B to big win

Rajkot, Oct. 3 -- On the last ball of the third over, Murali Vijay edged an Abhimanyu Mithun delivery while trying to play across the line. The ball flew in the cover region where Manish Pandey was positioned. Vijay froze for a moment before heaving a sigh of relief, as a diving Pandey could not latch on to the catch.

That was the turning point of the game as the right-handed opener blasted India 'A' out of the final in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy final at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on Tuesday. India 'B' posted a huge 356 and then won by a comfortable margin of 139 runs.

After failing in the first game against India 'A' on Sunday, Vijay struck an attacking 93 on Monday to help his side beat Bengal. And, after surviving a scare in the title clash, Vijay took his game to a different level, bludgeoning 155.

As soon as Parwinder Awana was introduced into the attack, Vijay demoralised the 26-year-old by lifting him off the back-foot over deep midwicket for consecutive boundaries. He then punished Yusuf Pathan, smashing two sixes off the spinner. Finally, when he tried to smack Mithun off the back foot, he was caught at long on.

At the other end, captain Cheteshwar Pujara continued his dream run. He started cautiously but ended up scoring 79 off 80 balls.

His appetite for lengthy periods at the crease almost earned him a third century in three days. Finally, Kedar Jadhav lit up the proceedings in the end, helping his team scale the 350-rin peak.

Shikhar Dhawan then started on a confident note. He followed up his unbeaten 99 and 152 in the previous games with a 61.

Ajinkya Rahane too displayed good form, striking a solid 64. But Staurt Binny ended any challenge from the late order, snaring three wickets.

Brief scores: India 'B' 356/3 (M Vijay 155, C Pujara 79, K Jadhav 60*; P Ojha 1/64) bt India 'A' 217 (S Dhawan 61, A Rahane 64, M Pandey 47; S Binny 3/26, B Aparajith 2/38, R Jadeja 2/37) by 139 runs.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of the Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusia… More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »