Rajkot, Oct 3: Murali Vijay (155) scored a superb hundred and shared a 192-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (79) as India ‘B' walloped India ‘A' by 139 runs to emerge champions in the NKP Salve Challenger Series tournament, here on Tuesday.
Electing to bat, India ‘B' scored a mammoth 356 for six and then bundled out India ‘A' for 217 in 42.1 overs. India ‘A' fought through in-form batsmen in Shikhar Dhawan (61) and Ajinkya Rahane (64) but their middle-order let them down while chasing a huge target.
Rising young all-rounder Baba Aparajith scalped both Dhawan and Rahane and with that India A's challenge ended.
Stuart Binny was the most successful bowler for India ‘B' with three wickets at the cost of 26 runs. India ‘B' batsmen took full advantage of the flat track as they sent rival bowlers on hunt. Not only Vijay and skipper Puajara wielded their willows tremendously but Kedhar Jadhav also excelled by scoring an unbeaten knock of 60 runs.
Jadhav's knock provided finishing touches to their innings as he rattled up a quick and unconquered 79-run stand for the fourth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (25 not out).
India ‘B': 356/6 in 50 overs (M Vijay 155, C Pujara 79) bt India ‘A': 217 all out in 42.1 overs (A Rahane 64, S Dhawan 61; B Aparajith 2/38, S Binny 3/26).