Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of Deodhar Trophy match between India A and India B from the JSCA International Stadium Complex,Ranchi.
So India B absolutely dominated India A today. Centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Baba Aparajith guided Parthiv Patel's side to a 300-plus total earlier today.
In the second innings, the India B bowlers bowled extremely well. With the help of some run-outs, they skittled out India A for 194 to open their side's 2019 Deodhar Trophy campaign with a big win.
- The last India A batsman Sandeep Warrier won't bat today. He is out injured. India B beats India A by a huge margin of 108 runs in the 2019 Deaodhar Trophy opener.
- BOWLED! Roosh Kalaria cleans up Shahbaz Ahmed. The delivery kept low as the left-handed batsman went for a wild slog. He was nowhere near the ball as Kalaria gets his third. An 18-run resistance finally comes to an end.
- India A needs 122 runs to win from 36 balls with two wickets in hand. Siddarth Kaul is the new man in.
- ONE MORE RUN-OUT!! Smart cricket from Parthiv Patel. Unadkat was caught napping here. He stepped out to play an awkward drive towards mid-off and lost a bit of balance. He made no attempts to get back into his crease. The India B keeper quickly collected the throw from Kedar Jadhav and took off the bails to complete the dismissal.
- LBW! Ashwin doesn't trouble the scorers as he is caught plumb in front. He tried to move across and tuck the ball towards leg but Krishnappa Gowtham got the better of him. Jaydev Unadkat is the next batsman.
- India A requires 137 runs to win from 66 balls.
- ANOTHER WICKET IN THE OVER! A beautiful delivery from Kalaria. The extra bounce did the trick. Vihari nicks the ball to the wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. India on top here. Ravichandran Ashwin replaces his captain.
- RUN-OUT!! Another Vihari mix-up. The India A captain was unsure about a second run and before he could say 'no' Ishan Kishan was well out of his crease. A brilliant throw from Vijay Shankar from the deep was calmly collected by the bowler Roosh Kalaria, who removed the bails to complete the formalities. Shahbaz Ahmed is the new man in.
- India 'A' needs 145 runs from 84 balls to win this Deodhar trophy opener against India 'B'. Required run rate stands at 10.36 per over. India B bowlers have been spot on with their line and lengths so far.
- 50-run partnership - Skipper Hanuma Vihari and Ishan Kishan have steadied the innings for India A. But with the team chasing a mammoth 303, both of them have to rack up more boundaries soon in order to end up on the winning side today.
- Fifty for Hanuma Vihari - Fighting fifty from the India A skipper and his side needs him to be out there in the middle.
- WICKET - Kedar Jadhav with a direct hit packs off Amandeep Khare and India A has lost a wicket at a very crucial juncture. Hanuma Vihari comes down the track, tries to play towards the on-side but gets a leading edge, slight hesitation and Jadhav is bang on target.
- India A bring up the 100 on board with Hanuma Vihari and Amandeep Khare forging a valuable partnership. India A is rebuilding while the spinners are aiming to break the stand.
- A double blow from Mohammed Siraj has left India A in trouble as it has lost three quick wickets. Skipper Hanuma Vihari holds the key in a tough chase along with Amandeep Khare.
- Vishnu Vinod is the new man in.
- WICKET - Roosh Kalaria strikes as Devdutt Padikkal departs. Length delivery, Padikkal tries for a late cut but the ball was too close, inside edge and the leg stump is pegged back.
- Devdutt Padikkal and Abhimanyu Easwaran have given India A a steady start. There isn't moch movement on offer but Roosh Kalaria has maintained a tight line but Vijay Shankar has been erratic leaking 18 runs in his three overs.
- We are back for the chase as Devdutt Padikkal, Abhimanyu Easwaran are in the middle and it will be Rush Kalaria who will be starting proceedings. India A chases 303 in 50 overs.
- India B rode on centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Baba Aparajith to post a commanding 302 for the loss of six wickets. After the early fall of Priyank Panchal, Gaikwad had a brief partnership with Priyank Panchal and then with Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, it was the 158-run stand between Gaikwad and Aparajith that laid the foundation and then the 26-ball cameo from Vijay Shankar. Shall be back for the chase shortly.
- WICKET - Javdev Unadkat picks Vijay Shankar in the last ball of the innings but he has done his job with a 16-ball 26.
- Vijay Shankar is doing exactly what was required at the moment and with a six and couple of boundaries he has upped the ante. Handy cameo at the end. 19 runs off the penultimate over.
- WICKET- Unlucky as Baba Aparajith gets run out. Vijay Shankar drives hard straight, Ashwin just gets his hands on the ball as it hits the stumps at the non striker's end and Aparajith was no where near the crease.
- Baba Aparajith slams a brilliant hundred with a strike rate of 100 and this has been an innings of pure class. He got an able partner in Ruturaj Gaikwad and the duo laid the foundation for a strong total. A single to long on off Siddarth Kual and up goes the arms in delight.
- Vijay Shankar is the new man in.
- WICKET - R Ashwin strikes again and this time he removes Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav went for the pull but the ball stopped before he could connect and the man at deep makes no mistake.
- Kedar Jadhav is the new man in.
- WICKET - R Ashwin strikes and he removes the centurion Rituraj Gaikwad. Pitched in line, Gaikwad goes for the reverse, misses the ball and the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger, Gaikwad departs for a well-made 113. Ashwin breaks the 158-run stand between Gaikwad and Baba Aparajith but the dismissal has come a tad late.
- Century for Ruturaj Gaikwad - What a knock this has been as Gaikwad scores his maiden hundred in Depdhar trophy and sixth in List A cricket. Came in at a time when the ball was doing something, then capitalised on the start and just blossomed after getting set. Rituraj Gaikwad 100* 117b (7*4, 3*6)
- Fifty for Aparajith: Excellent half-century from Baba Aparajith and he continues his fine form in this season. Having said that, both batsmen need to accelerate with a little over 10 overs to go. Baba Aparajith 50, 65b, 1*4, 1*6
- Our correspondent Y.B. Sarangi with an update: Soon after Gaikwad and Aparajith formed a 100 run stand off 110 balls (contribution of 58 and 41 respectively), Gaikwad was dropped on 86 off Ashwin in 34th over. Abhimanyu Easwaran missed the chance at square leg.
- 100-run partnership is up between Gaikwad and Aparajith off 110 balls for the third wicket and this has been a substantial one.
- Jaydev Unadkat is back into the attack.
- India A in desperate need for a breakthrough but Gaikwad and Aparajith have been solid. Both batsmen using their feet well against the spinners and banking on delicate cuts while facing the pacers. Ashwin using all his experience and on an instance, stopped in his follow through while delivering the carrom ball. Aparajith negotiates safely. Calm passage of play with both batsmen rotating the strike and finding the odd boundaries.
- Fifty for Ruturaj Gaikwad: Wonderful half-century from the Pune batsman and along with it the fifty-run partnership between him and Baba Aparajith is up.
- The 100 is up for India B and it has come in 22.2 overs with Ruturaj Gaikwad slapping Shahbaz Ahmed through the covers for a boundary. The duo has added 40 and is looking at ease.
- Spin from both ends and it will be left-arm orthodox Shahbaz Ahmed into the attack.
- Our correspondent Y.B. Sarangi updates: Jaiswal's fine 31 off 34 balls comes to an end and this was needless aggression from the youngster. Tried to go over the top, didn't time it well and Siddarth Kaul is a happy man as R Ashwin takes an easy catch at mid-off. And it's time for drinks.
- Baba Aparajith, who had a terrific Vijay Hazare Trophy, is out in the middle.
- WICKET - Siddarth Kaul strikes and he removes the dangerous Yashasvi Jaiswal. Despite being expensive, Hanuma Vihari persisted with Kaul and he has delivered the goods by removing Jaiswal. Length delivery, Jaiswal tries to go over the top, doesn't middle the ball and lobs a simple catch to Ashwin at mid-off. Jaiswal has gifted his wicket.
- Alright spin being introduced and it will be Ravichandran Ashwin.
- Boy! That was some shot from Yashasvi Jaiswal. Audaciously walks down the track and pulls Siddarth Kaul for a maximum over the fine leg boundary. The 17-year-old is warming up nicely and is looking for a big one.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal have kept the scorecard ticking with the former playing some beautiful strokes with a six over the deep mid-wicket. Jaydev Unadkar in his five overs has been effective providing an early breakthrough.
- Our correspondent Y.B. Sarangi with some early insights: It's a typical early winter morning and the seamers are geting some help from the wicket. The ball is holding on to the surface and it will be a testing phase for the batsmen.
- WICKET - Our correspondent Y.B. Sarangi updates: Jaydev Unadkat draws first blood as he gets an early breakthrough. Priyank Panchal tried to go over the mid-wicket but was not in complete position in handling the short ball. Gets a leading edge and gives an easy catch.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad and Priyank Panchal are at the crease and it will be Jaydev Unadkat who will start the proceedings.
India A: Devdutt Padikkal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Vishnu Vinod, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hanuma Vihari (C), Amandeep Khare, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sandeep Warrier, Jaydev Unadkat, Siddarth Kaul.
India B: Priyank Panchal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Parthiv Patel (WK/C), Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Roosh Kalaria, Mohammed Siraj.
Toss Update: India A captain Hanuma Vihari has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Here's what the captains have to say after the toss.
Parthiv Patel (India B): We would have bowled first as well. I won't be opening, Ruturaj and Panchal would be opening. We are playing two seamers, two spinners and an all-rounder in Vijay Shankar.
Hanuma Vihari (India A): We're going to bowl first. It is an 8:45 start and we'll look to use the moisture on this pitch. We are playing three fast bowlers and two spinners. It is tough to get the team motivated, but we spoke about it in the team meeting. Hopefully we can bring it to the ground.
The Deodhar Trophy may seem to have lost its relevance, but when the 48th edition of the tournament gets underway at the JSCA Stadium here on Thursday, it will provide a valuable platform to promising youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Vishnu Vinod and Yashashvi Jaiswal.
There is hardly any buzz about the tournament — named after Pune-based Sanskrit professor D.B. Deodhar, who played before and after two World Wars and lived more than 100 years and is known as the Grand Old Man of Indian cricket — in the city, which witnessed India complete a 3-0 whitewash against South Africa in the Test series just over a week ago.
The three teams — India ‘A’, India ‘B’ and India ‘C’ led by Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Shubman Gill respectively — have got several top players who featured in the recently-concluded Test series, the World Cup, Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament.
Even the response of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is lukewarm. The BCCI has been experimenting with the tournament by converting it from an inter-zonal one-day event to a strange mix of India ‘A’, India ‘B’ and Vijay Hazare champion in 2015-16, and then to the present form since 2018-19 which discourages regional pride.
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