Bangalore: Riding on the blazing knocks by Badri (82*) and Gambhir (73) and a superb spell of seam bowling from Pravin Kumar (5 for 45) India Reds overpowered Greens by 88 runs in the NPK Salve Challengers Trophy tie at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Parthiv Patel led India Green was skittled out for 215 in 47 overs runs in reply to the Reds' 303 runs.
Pravin struck twice early on in the innings removing Yusuf Pathan (0) in the very first over and Cheteshawara Pujara (7) three overs later both failing to read his swing were bowled comprahensively.
Greens at no point of time looked like they will hunt down the target as their top order and middle order batsmen failed to convert the starts. Only Manoj Tiwary stood tall amidst the Greens' batting ruins. Backbone of Bengal batting Manoj made a strokeful 65. He struck 8 boundaries in his 71-ball knock.
Pravin bowled to an immaculate line and length besides extracting swing on a strip not so helpful for seamers. He reaped a rich harvest of 5 for 45 in 9 overs for sticking to basics. Siddarth Trivedi claimed two wickets while Ishanth, Ojha and Kaif took a wicket apiece
Earlier a fine allround batting effort helped India Red post a solid 303/7.
Badrinath and Gautam Gambhir notched up a splinded half-centuries and a late charge towards the end by Paresh Patel and Mahesh Rawat helped Reds set Green a formidable total in the must win match.
Badri remained undefeated on well knit 82 off 79 balls while Gambhir made a run-a-ball 73 with seven hits to fence. Kohli, Goel, Paresh Patel chipped in with useful contributions.
Badri, the prolific scorer from Tami Nadu paced up his innings nicely. In his early part of innings he was content in taking singles and doubles and punishing the bad balls for boundaries before opening up in the death overs. His chancless innings was studded with seven boundary hits and one over it. Badri added 85 runs with Delhi and India Colts batsman Virat Kohli (40 off 45) for the fifth wicket stand.
Reds got off to a shaky start losing Pravin Kumar and Mohd Kaif pretty early with Pankaj Singh plucking both the wickets.
Gambhir and the promising Punjab batsman Karan Goel revived Reds with a crucial 69-run partnership for the third wicket stand before the latter failed to read the top spinner from the part-timer Rohit Sharma and played on to the stumps. Gambhir who is in rich vain of form played a flawless innings. He struck seven boundaries in his 74-ball knock before giving a regulation catch at mid-wicket to Tiwary off Chawla.
Paresh Patel (22 off 12 balls, 2X4s&1X4) and Rawat (13 off 8, 2X4s) played a little cameo knocks in the death overs to boost the Reds.
Right-arm seamer paceman Pankaj Singh and Mumbai off-spinner Abdullah claimed two wickets each.
India Green bowlers found it hard to contain the Red batsmen on the typical subcontinent batting strip. Internationals Munaf and Chawla went for plenty before claiming a wicket apiece.
India Green will face Blue 'morrow in the last league encounter.
India Reds 303 for 7 in 50 overs (Badrinath 82, Gambhir 73, Virat Kohli 40, Karan Goel 33, Paresh Patel 22; Pankaj Singh 2 for 37, Iqbal Abdullah 2 for 54, Chawla 1 for 64, Munaf 1 for 81) beat India Green 215 all out in 47 overs (Manoj Tiwary 65, Abhishek Nayar 29, Piyush Chawla 26, Pankaj Singh 25; Pravin Kumar 5 for 45, Siddarth Trivedi 2 for 32, Ishanth Sharma 1 for 37, Ojha 1 for 41) by 88 runs