Raina ton helps India A clinch series against Bangladesh A

Electing to bat, the Unmukt Chand-led side rode on Raina's century to post 297 for six in 50 overs. The bowlers then restricted the visitors for 141 for six in 32 overs. India won the match by 75 runs via D/L method.

Suresh Raina, who top-scored with 104, was adjudged the man of the match.   -  The Hindu

India'A' players pose with the trophy after three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 'A'.   -  PTI

Suresh Raina (left) and Sanju Samson put up a third-wicket partnership of 116 runs.   -  PTI

Suresh Raina hit a strokeful 104 to help India A outplay Bangladesh A by 75 runs via Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-hit third unofficial ODI and clinch the series 2-1, today.

Electing to bat, the Unmukt Chand-led side rode on Raina's century to post 297 for six in 50 overs. The bowlers then restricted the visitors for 141 for six in 32 overs when rain halted play for the second and final time.

The first rain interruption saw the chasing target being revised to 290 runs in 46 overs, while the second one revised it to 217 runs in 32 overs.

Karnataka left-arm seamer Sreenath Aravind celebrated his India seniors call-up with two crucial scalps.

But it was the batting that did the trick for India A as Unmukt (41) stitched an 82-run second-wicket partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson (90) to give the team a solid start after losing opener Mayank Agarwal (4) early.

Raina, who was under pressure after getting 16 and 17 runs in the first and second match respectively, rose to the occasion with his 94-ball knock, laced with 9 fours and a six. The left-hander's 116-run third-wicket partnership with Samson was crucial in the middle overs. Raina's sixth List A century would boost his confidence ahead of the India-South Africa series.

The team saw a bit of a stutter in the middle but No. 7 batsman Rishi Dhawan finished off the innings in style with an unbeaten 15-ball 26 to help the hosts put up a challenging score.

In reply, the Mominul Haque-led side were never in the chase, as they lost regular wickets.

The middle-order tried to save the day, but the batsmen failed to convert their starts into bigger scores. Sabbir Rahman top-scored with an unbeatan 41, but the match seemed already lost by then.

Aravind (2-14) two wickets in Rony Talukdar (9) and Anamul Haque (1) were followed by two scalps by chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2-29) that finally broke the back of the Bangladesh A chase.