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Badri, Dhawan shine as India ease past AIS

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 14:35 [IST]
 
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Skipper Badrinath (83* off 100) steered India home against AIS in Emerging Players event in BrisbaneBrisbane: S Badrinath and Shikhar Dhawan scored a strokeful half-centuries as India made short work of the modest 270-run target set by the Australian Institute of Sports in the Emerging Players Tournament held here at the Fred Kratzman Oval here on Tuesday.

AIS riding on Matt Wade's 115 posted a healthy 269/7 in 48 overs despite a shaky start. In reply India hunted down the target in 40.2 overs with five wickets in hand. Badri stroked an unbeaten 83 while Dhawan made run a ball 75. The duo shared a brisk 120-run stand for the second wicket.

AIS opting to bat first got off to a poor start losing the first four wickets for nothing. India seamer Pankaj Singh bowled a incisive first spell in which he plucked three top-order wickets.

The lanky seamer from Rajasthan induced both the openers Davis and Warner to edge for a regulation caught behind. He then trapped No.3 Henriques to leave AIS in a spot of bother at 3/38. AIS slumped further to 4/38 when first change Trivedi accounted for O'Keefe.

In came wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Wade and out he went dispatching ball after ball to the fence. The left-hander who plays for Vics plundered eight boundaries and nine sixes in his 93-ball 115.

He was ably supported by Peter Forrest (50 off 44). The duo shared a quickfire 105-run stand to ensure AIS put a fighting total. Moller (31) was the other notable contributer.

Pankaj was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors taking 3/58 from his 10 overs, including a maiden. Leggie Amit Mishra returned with 2/31. Trivedi and Badri claimed a wicket apiece.

In reply, though, India lost opener Ajinkya Rahane early on but Dhawan (75) and Badri (83*) ensured they reach home without any further hiccups. Badri's 100-ball knock was studded with eight boundary hits.

NZ scrape past South Africa: In the other match at Redlands Cricket Club here on Tuesday New Zealand defeated South Africa by five wickets in a low scorer tie that saw only 187 runs scored.

South Africa was skittled out for just 93 with only Vaughn van Jaarsveld providing any resistance making 34.

Brent Arnel (2/13), Brad Scott (2/13) and Jesse Ryder (2/10) all chipped in to demolish the South African batting line-up in just 36.3 overs.

The New Zealanders made heavy weather of the measly target, losing five wickets on their way to win. Peter Ingram anchored Kiwi innings with a rock solid 30 n o.

Ingram received good support his captain Jesse Ryder (27) and Corey Anderson 18 not out, as they crawled to 94/5 in the 28th over.

Wednesday"s matches: South Africa take on India at Sandgate and the AIS side face Trans Tasman rivals New Zealand at University.

Brief Scores:

Australia Institute of Sports 269/7 in 48 overs (Matt Wade 115, Paul Forrest 50 n o, Moller 31, Warner 25; Pankaj Singh 3/58, Amit Mishra 2/31) lost to India 272/5 in 40.2 overs (S Badrinath 83, Dhawan 75, Abhishek Nayar 41; Warner 2/45, Hill 1/24, Henriques 1/42).

South Africa 93 all out in 36.3 overs (van Jaarsveld 34; Jesse Ryder 2/10, B Scott 2/13, Arnel 2/13) lost to New Zealand 94/5 in 27.3 overs (Paul Ingram 30 n o, Jesse Ryder 27; de Villiers 3/6, Yusuf Abdullah 2/28).

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