A high scoring match came to an end after Ajinkya Rahane’s India C side beat India B by 29 runs in the Deodhar Trophy Final at the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. Rahane won the toss and decided that his side would bat first. India B came into this match with great confidence after winning both their matches comfortably.
India C were hoping that their openers, Rahane and Ishan Kishan would give them a solid start to their batting innings. And the openers responded positively. Kishan was given a lifline when he was on 31 and he didn’t look back from that point. After a slow start in the first 10 overs, Kishan took on the charge to the spinners. He smashed 17 runs of one over from Manoj Tiwary and hit two sixes to Mayank Markande in the next over. Rahane on the other hand supported the flamboyant southpaw by rotating the strike and making sure the batting side don’t lose cheap wickets. Both the batsmen reached to their respective fifties as the opening partnership went past the three digit mark.
The Mumbai Indians wicket keeper, Kishan continued his good work after his half century. 10 fours and 5 sixes assisted him in completing a wonderful century. Jayadev Unadkat was successful in the breaking the partnership when he dismissed Kishan. But by then the duo had added 210 runs. The Man of The Match in the last match, Shubman Gill came to the batting crease. It was now Rahane’s turn to enjoy. He too completed a well deserved century. The 57 run stand came to an end after Markande’s ball hit Gill on the pads straight in front of the wickets. After the cheap dismissal of Suresh Raina, Suryakumar Yadav went blitzkrieg. Rahane and Yadav added 66 runs in 33 deliveries to help India C reach the 300 mark. Rahane was unbeaten on 144 as they ended their innings with 352 runs on the board.
India B had a disastrous start to their chase. They lost Mayank Agarwal in the fourth over with just 16 runs on the board. It was all on the captain of India B, Shreyas Iyer, to lead his side in the chase. And the Mumbai based batsman obliged. He with Ruturaj Gaikwad started the resurrection of the batting innings. Gaikwad hit the ball to all around the park. The two batsmen slowly upped the ante as they looked to be in pace with the required run rate. Gaikwad lost his wicket after completing his fifty to Pappu Roy in the 22nd over. Hero of the first two matches for India B, Hanuma Vihari couldn’t carry on his good form in the final and lost his wicket for just 8 runs. Pappu Roy got his second of the innings.
Iyer continued to lose partners from one end. This time it was Manoj Tiwary who perished. The chasing side were reduced to 172-4 in the 26th over. But Iyer was in no mood to give up yet. He and Ankush Bains looked in great touch. Iyer, who had completed his half century by now, looked in scintillating form. Bains returned to the hut for a well made 37 as Roy got his third victim. Iyer reached to his century with an elegant straight drive. Krishnappa Gowtham tonked two huge sixes as the batting side still carried their hopes. But Gowtham couldn’t continue it for long and was eventually dismissed for 18. Iyer smashed 16 runs of 5 deliveries from Rahul Chahar and when the required rate finally came down to less than 6 runs, he lost his concentration and gave away his wicket to Chahar for a well made 148. The batting side soon started to fall apart. Deepak Chahar showed some fight in the back end of the innings but the India C bowlers hold their nerves to clean up the batting side for 323 runs.
The loss will be too difficult to disgest for Shreyas Iyer. He could have carried the bat throughout and brought home the Deodhar trophy. But destiny didn’t have it for him. Rather it was the other youngster Ishan Kishan who enjoyed his century in the winning cause.
India C: 352-7 (50 o.)
Ajinkya Rahane: 144* (156)
Ishan Kishan: 114 (87)
Jayadev Unadkat: 10-1-52-3.
India B: 323-10 (46.1 o.)
Shreyas Iyer: 148 (114)
Ruturaj Gaikwad: 60(56)
Pappu Roy: 10-0-75-3.
Man of the match: Ajinkya Rahane.
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