Thatscricket - News - Buchi Babu: New Zealand proves its superiority
Published: Sunday, August 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Chennai: Star-studded New Zealand proved its superiority to clinch a nail biting 23 run win over Indian Railways and set up a title clash with Bengal, who defeated Jolly Rovers (Chennai), 125 runs on the last day of its three-day semi-final match in the MRF Buchi Babu memorial all India invitation tournament here on Sunday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Bengal's Utpal Chatterjee and Sanjit Sanyal (44) proved a thorn to Rovers bowlers, making a resolute 50 when his team was in precarious position of 28 for 7 and then bowled out the rivals for a mere 96 all out. In the other semi-final, the Kiwi medium pace Shane Bond ripped through the Railway batting order claiming seven for 45. Railways fell short of the target by just 23 runs and was all out 145 in its second innings. Earlier, New Zealand, who was 216 for six overnight declared its first innings at 318 for 8. Louie Vincent made a superb unbeaten 102 of as much balls and had hit nine fours. Kyle Mills made 37, for Railways off spinner Sanjay Satpathy claimed three for 125 and Parida took for 3 from 78.Excepting Murali Karthik, who made a useful 30 and Raza Ali (35), other Railway batsmen failed to resist the New Zealand attack in its second essay.