India ~~A~~ wins over India Seniors by 2 wickets

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: India Seniors skipper Saurav Ganguly made up for his batting failure by grabbing four wickets but could not prevent India 'A' from scoring a two-wicket win in the opening match of the N K P Salve Challenger Trophy on January 10 night.

Ganguly, who could score only two runs, had figures of four for 40 but his efforts were nullified by India 'A' which chasing a victory target of 230, finished at 235 for eight with 11 balls to spare.

Yuvraj Singh top-scored for India 'A' with a stroke-filled 55 from 77 balls, including six fours, and added 88 runs for the fifth wicket with wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra (36) to put his side on the road to victory after it had been struggling at 91 for four.

Earlier, Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat first but his side could not capitalise on the advantage. It was reduced to 64 for four before Hemang Badani, who top scored with 41, Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Joshi chipped in with useful contributions to enable their side to cross the 200-run mark. It finished at 229 for nine in its allotted 50 overs.

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