Deodhar Trophy 2017: Shikhar Dhawan's gritty 128 guides India B to 23-run win against India A in season-opener

PTI, Mar, 25 2017

Vishakapatnam: Discarded opener Shikhar Dhawan roared back to form with a sublime 128 as India B beat India A by 23 runs in the opening match of the Deodhar Trophy cricket tournament on Saturday.

Dhawan, who is a eyeing a comeback in the Champions Trophy in June, helped India B post 327 for eight in 50 overs.

File image of Shikhar Dhawan. BCCI

File image of Shikhar Dhawan. BCCI

The others who contributed to the competitive total were captain Parthiv Patel (50) and Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi (53).

India B put up an all-around effort with the ball to bundle out India A for 304 in 48.2 overs as Ambati Rayudu's 92 went in vain. Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni and ambidextrous spinner Akshay Karnewar stood out for India B, taking three wickets each.

The day belonged to Dhawan, who had come into the tournament on the back of five low scores for Delhi in the preceding Vijay Hazare trophy.

Dhawan delivered knowing the importance of the only 50-over domestic tournament to be played before the Champions Trophy in England. His 122-ball innings comprised 13 fours and three sixes.

The southpaw last played for India in the ODI series against England in January after being dropped from the Test team.

It is an important tournament for another big player, Harbhajan Singh, who is captaining the India A squad. He leaked 72 runs in the 10 overs he bowled today and failed to pick up a wicket.

Brief scores: India B 327/8 in 50 overs (Dhawan 128; Siddharth Kaul 5/59). India A 304 in 48.2 overs (Rayudu 92; Kulkarni 3/64, Karnewar 3/60).

Published Date: Mar 25, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 25, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115