As it happened: Deodhar Trophy - India B beats India C by 30 runs

Catch the periodic updates of the Deodhar Trophy fixture between India B and India C held at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

Hanuma Vihari stood out with another half-century for India B at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday.   -  FILE PHOTO/ SUDHAKARA JAIN

Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the second match of Deodhar Trophy, between India B and India C.

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India B 231/9 (50)

05:00 pm: Hanuma Vihari once again came to the rescue with a poised 76 to help India B recover and post a decent total of 231/9. India C in reply kept losing wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 201 in 48.2 overs. Spinner Krishnappa Goutham and part-timer Manoj Tiwary turned the match in India B's favour as they shared six wickets among themselves.

04:45 pm: India B beats India C by 30 runs.

4:40 pm: WICKET! Jaydev Unadkat strikes to remove Navdeep Saini as India C loses its ninth wicket. India B favourites to win from here. India C needs 31 runs in 12 balls with one wicket in hand.

4:30: Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini are trying their best by keeping the India B bowlers at bay. India C requires 36 runs in 24 balls. 

4:20 pm: India C 180/8 in 43.4 overs

Abhishek reports: Manoj Tiwary and Shreyas Iyer may not have dazzled with the bat, but try to make up for it with their bowling exploits. First, Vijay Shankar was dismissed leg-before-wicket by a ball that skidded on and thudded onto his pads. It was a decisive scalp and Iyer's first wicket.

Tiwary, bowing his offspinners, took the key wicket of Suryakumar Yadav. With the required run-rate rising to above six per over, Yadav, batting on 39, tried to hoist Tiwary over midwicket but doesn't time his hit and is caught in the deep.

Between these dismissals was another one - Ishan Kishan edged Gowtham behind to become the bowler's third wicket.

The innings seems to be unravelling now. 70 needed off 10 overs with three wickets in hand. The batsmen in the middle - Washington Sundar and Rajneesh Gurbani.

4:00 pm: Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav depart as India B is chipping away.  India C 158/7 chasing 232.

3:48 pm: Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav hold the key as India C requires 83 runs in 84 balls. Should be an interesting chase if the duo hang in.

3:30 pm: Part-timer Shreyas Iyer picks up a wicket as he traps Vijay Shankar to leave India C five down. Shankar departs for a 34-ball 35. India C 135/5 in 32.1 overs.

3:20 pm: Vijay Shankar and Suryakumar Yadav have managed to stitch a partnership after India C suffered a mini collapse. India C 133/4 in 31.1 overs.

3:05 pm: India C 105/4

Abhishek reports: Offspinner K. Gowtham has scripted a turnaround for India B by dismissing the big fish - Ajinkya Rahane - and then taking another key wicket, that of Suresh Raina. Both seemed tame dismissals, but both batsmen are likely to have been compelled to make those fatal errors that cost them their wickets. Rahane was caught by the short cover fielder off a delicate prod, while Raina attempted a slog sweep to oblivion and was bowled.

To add to India C's woes, part-time spinner Manoj Tiwary accounted for the set Shubman Gill, who chipped a low fulltoss on the off-side to the cover fielder.

An uphill task awaits Suryakumar Yadav and Vijay Shankar. However, the target is still well within grasp.

2:56 pm: WICKET! Manoj Tiwary picks up a wicket against the run of play and he gets the prized scalp of Shubman Gill. India C struggling at 87/4 at the end of 25 overs with another 145 runs to win.

2:41 pm: WICKET! Krishnappa Gowtham picks his second wicket as Suresh Raina departs. Raina charges down the track, goes for a wild swing but misses it completely as the ball sneaks under his bat to castle the stumps. Poor shot selection. India C in a spot of bother having lost its third wicket. India C 74/3 in 21.1 overs.

2:32 pm: WICKET! Krishnappa Gowtham breaks the stand as he gets India C skipper Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane did all the hard work but plays a rather uncharacteristic shot as he hits straight into the hands of Manoj Tiwary at covers. India C 65/2 at the end of 19 overs.

2:27 pm: India C 60/1 in 18 overs

Abhishek reports: Except an accurate bouncer that resulted in the only wicket to have fallen so far, India C's top-order batsmen have looked calm and settled at the crease in their chase of 232.

Ajinkya Rahane struck three boundaries via trademark, serene strokes, all through the off-side. Among the rare belligerent strokes in this early period were two boundaries struck by Shubman Gill. It's drinks time.

2.00 pm: After 12 overs, India C is struggling at 32/1. The B bowlers have done well upfront to contain Rahane.

1.55 pm: Rahane has moved to 20 off 38 balls. Shubman Gill, from India's U-19 World Cup winning team of 2018, is his new partner. Jaydev Unadkat introduced into the attack.

1.47 pm: OUT! Chahar surprises Samarth. The ball touches his gloves and goes straight to Agarwal at slip.

R Samarth c Agarwal b Chahar 5 (19)

India C 21/1 (8.4)

1.45 pm: Earlier in the day, Vihari displayed his class and confidence with a second consecutive half-century in the tournament. His footwork and shot selection improved after a stint with Team India in Tests.

READ| Deodhar Trophy: Hanuma Vihari on a roll

1.40 pm: Rahane and Samarth are taking it slow and playing sensible cricket. There is absolutely no need to hurry and worry as the target is very much achievable if wickets don't tumble. This is a good testing ground for Rahane as a limited-overs player.

1.30 pm: FOUR! First boundary for India C off Rahane's blade. What a lovely timing! FOUR! Rahane is slowly trying to break free. This time, off Nadeem.

India C 12-0 (4.5)

1.22 pm: Deepak Chahar keeps it tight as well. One off the second over too.

1.15 pm: Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Ravikumar Samarth are out in the middle. This should be an easy chase for India C.

Shahbaz Nadeem bowls a tight first over, only one run off it.

India C 1/0 (1.0)

Abhishek reports: India B has struggled its way to 231/9 in its 50 overs, No. 11 Shahbaz Nadeem hitting a six through midwicket to finish off the innings in style. It's been a stop-start innings by the team; regular and frequent fall of wickets put paid to any hopes of mounting a huge total.

The rot continued through the business end. K. Gowtham seemed to have taken a liking to Roy, hitting him for two sixes, but fell trying to hoist another. Roy had smartly drawn him outside the crease and wide, and Gowtham could only provide a catch the running long-off fielder.

Soon after, lower-order batsman Deepak Chahar was trapped lbw by Vijay Shankar, and the set Vihari was caught behind off a slower ball from Gurbani, who finished with three wickets.

12.42 pm: Nadeem and Unadkat stitched a 36-run stand for the last wicket that helped India B to 231/9 in 50 overs.

12.28 pm: Pappu Roy has been the pick of the bowlers this morning. What a lovely spell by the 23-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler. His cricketing journey is one inspirational tale.

READ| Pappu Roy shines on Deodhar Trophy debut

12.15 pm: OUT! Kishan plucks a low offering as Vihari edges a Gurbani delivery.

H. Vihari c Kishan b Gurbani 76 (94) 4s 6

India B 195-9 (44.4)

12.00 pm: It has been a remarkable innings from Vihari who once again anchored the India B innings. Currently batting on 73, he will look to go for the shots now that India B is eight down.

11.55 am: WICKET| Shankar traps Chahar in front of the wicket.

D Chahar lbw b Shankar 3 (9)

India B 185-8 (42)

11.40 am: Roy picks up his third. K. Gowtham departs for 18 (19) 6s 2

India B 177-7 (39)

11.25 am: Raina gets rid of Ankush Bains.

A Bains b Raina 25 (46) 4s 1

Abhishek reports: Suresh Raina joins the party, dismissing Ankush Bains bowled with a ball that stayed low. It ended a 60-run partnership between Bains and Vihari. Considering India B's delicate situation, the two batsmen were content to pick gaps and collect singles off the offspinners in operation - Washington Sundar and Raina.

With Bains' wicket, the onus is once again on Vihari to shepherd the tail. To bat out the 50 overs will be an uphill task for the team.

It's 159/6 in 36 overs.

 

India B 150/6 (35.2)

11.18 am: 50 for Hanuma Vihari. India B 140/5 in 32 overs.

11.10 am: Suresh Raina has been handed the ball. He could be the breakthrough man for India C. Vihari is using his feet well against the spinners and looking set for another fifty. He is batting on 47.

India B 131/5 (30)

India B

10.51 am: Vihari is turning out to be the crisis man again. The right-hander has moved to 31 off 37 balls.

Abhishek reports: A pall of smoke hangs over the playing arena, perhaps symbolising India B's iffy predicament. The team is five down now, thanks to left-arm spinner Roy's near-perfect delivery that dislodged Manoj Tiwary, who had been collecting big hits off the bowler until then, and K. Rohit Rayudu's soft dismissal soon after.

Tiwary seemed to have targetted Roy, collecting a four and a six - the only ones he hit in his innings - off Roy, one a stylish flick to the midwicket boundary and the other an inside-out lofted stroke through long-off. In the 19th over, he was bamboozled by an accurate, spinning delivery; it pitched on length on middle, and turned just enough to beat the batsman's defences and dislodge the bails.

Seamer Vijay Shankar removed Rayudu in the next over. Rayudu softly hung out his bat and got a thin edge to the wicketkeeper.

Vihari and Ankush Bains at the crease. It's 112/5 in 26 overs.

 

India B 106/5 (24)

10.33 am: OUT! And that's wicket number five for India C.

India B looks all over the place as Vijay Shankar steals an edge off Rohit Rayudu. Kishan takes the catch behind the stumps.

R Rayudu c Kishan b Shankar 1 (2)

India B 90/5 (19.4)

10.24 am: OUT! Roy cleans up Tiwary 16 (18) 4s 1 6s 1

The Vihari-Tiwary pair added 99 runs for the fourth wicket yesterday, before a mix-up turned the tide. They looked set for another one today. Good presence of mind from Roy to attack Tiwary's exposed off-stump.

India B 87-4 (18.3)

Through sheer pace, Rajneesh Gurbani has pegged India B back in the second Deodhar Trophy contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla here. Openers Prashant Chopra and Mayank Agarwal began their innings brightly, stroking a few sweetly-timed boundaries between them. But it was a false dawn; first, Gurbani got a quick delivery to angle into Chopra, the ball crashing on to the stumps after ricocheting off the pads, and soon after, he got Agarwal to play a mistimed drive that looped for a catch for the cover fielder.

Left-arm spinner Pappu Roy joined the party, dismissing Shreyas Iyer caught behind.

India B 58/3 in the 14th over. Manoj Tiwary and Hanuma Vihari in the middle.

Abhishek Mukherjee, our correspondent, reports from Feroz Shah Kotla

 

9.59 am: WICKET! Pappu Roy gets rid of the dangerous Iyer, caught behind by Ishan Kishan.

Shreyas Iyer c Ishan Kishan b Pappu Roy 10 (14)

India B 55/3 (13)

9.47 am: WICKET| Gurbani gets the all important wicket of Agarwal — caught by Shubman Gill. Second wicket down for India B.

M Agarwal 24 (30) c Gill b Gurbani 24 (30) 4s 4

India B 47/2 (10)

9.45 am: Rahane has quite a few bowling options in Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar and Pappu Roy.

9.38 am: WICKET|Gurbani gets Chopra. The batsman missed the line of the delivery that disturbed the bails.

Skipper Shreyas Iyer is in.

P Chopra b Gurbani 17 (26) 4s 3

India B 40/1 (8)

9.22 am: Agarwal is literally punishing Saini. Two consecutive boundaries takes the right-hander to 19 off 13 balls.

9.18 am: India B is scoring at six-an over. You trust Agarwal to keep the scoreboard ticking. He has been in form and is a delight to watch.

India B 24/0 (4.0)

9.14 am: Mukund, Rahul Chahar and Umar Nazir are sitting out today for India C. On the other hand, India B have rested Varun Aaron, Rituraj Gaikwad and Mayank Markande.

9.08 am: There is apparently a bit of bounce on the wicket, uncanny for Kotla. But it looks like a good batting track and batting first is perhaps the right decision. The wicket may slow down a bit in the second innings.

9.03 am: Mayank Agarwal, who provided a solid start to India B yesterday, will look to continue the good run. Prashant Chopra is his new opening partner.

Navdeep Saini bowled an expensive first over, conceded eight runs. Rajneesh Gurbani to start from the other end now.

India B 8/0 (1.0)

Playing XI

India C: Shubman Gill, Ravikumar Samarth, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Ishan Kishan (wk), Washington Sundar, Pappu Roy, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani

India B: Shreyas Iyer (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prashant Chopra, Hanuma Vihari, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Rayudu, Ankush Bains (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jaydev Unadkat, Deepak Chahar