Elegant right-handers outwit stylish southpaws

Published: Thursday, June 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Baroda batsman Jacob Martin blasted a quickfire 84 and later grabbed two wickets as right-handers led by Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid outclassed the stylish southpaws captained by Test discard Vinod Kambli by 39 runs in a Limited Overs charity match at Sardar Patel stadium in Motera.

The match was organised to raise money for treatment of the ailing daughter of former Baroda Ranji player Kedar Chauhan.

Martin smashed 84 of just 59 balls with four boundaries and five sixes as Dravid XI scored a massive 257 in their allotted 35 overs after electing to bat.

In reply, the left-handers lost eight wickets and failed to reach the winning total despite an entertaining 51 each by city-lad Parthiv Patel and Kambli.

The match was played between left-handers and right-handers to raise funds for 11-year-old Kaveri Chauhan, suffering from a rare disorder hydrocephalus, occurring in one among 10 lakh children.

Daughter of Kedar Chauhan, who has played 54 Ranji matches for Baroda, Kaveri has to be immediately operated in Germany, at the cost of about Rs 20 lakh.

Though the cricket crazy crowd relished every moment of the match, where players mostly traded in fours and sixes, it was a disappointment for those who had come to watch some star Indian players like Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Anil Kumble and Hemang Badani -- who "failed to turn up".

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