Rohit, Manish hit tons as India A thrash Sri Lanka

Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 18:08 [IST]
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Mumbai, Oct 30: A fit-again Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey slammed strokeful centuries as India A feasted on Sri Lanka's mediocre attack before registering a comfortable 88-run victory in a warm-up match for the visitors ahead of their ODI series against India, here today.

Playing his first match after recovering from a fractured finger and shoulder injury, Sharma cracked a brilliant 111-ball 142 before getting run out. Pandey stroked his way to an unbeaten 135 off 113 balls at the Brabourne Stadium.

Rohit, Manish hit tons as India A win

Invited to bat, India A scored runs at a brisk pace, with the openers - Sharma and Unmukt Chand - carting the bowlers all over the park and helping the team post 72 runs in the first 10 overs.

The home team notched up a mammoth 382 for six and in reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 294 for nine. Sharma dominated proceedings initially before Chand, too, upped the ante.

The former U-19 World Cup-winning captain continued with his rich vein of form having previously scored an unbeaten 79 and 101 against the West Indies earlier this month.

The Delhi batsman struck eight fours and a six in his 39-ball 52 before being caught behind by Kumara Sangakkara off Lahiru Gamage. Sharma, who was on 36 when Chand departed, forged a 214- run partnership with Pandey. The duo remained aggressive as they sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.

Sharma, playing after a two-month injury layoff, showed no signs of discomfort and took to the attack from the start. The 27- year old's scintillating knock was laced with 18 fours and a six, and included some beautiful cover drives.

The Mumbai batsman fell short of his crease while trying to steal a second run when a direct hit from Lahiru Gamage found the target in the 41st over. The 25-year old Karnataka batsman, Pandey, however remained undeterred. His brilliant knock included 15 fours and a six, while skipper Manoj Tiwary chipped in with a cameo, scoring 36 with the help of two sixes and as many fours.

After putting up a solid display, India A lost three quick wickets in the penultimate over, but it did not cause much worry to them as by then the batsmen had already dented the Lankan bowling attack.

The island nation opted to give a chance to all their 15 members and utilised the services of as many as 10 players in the bowling department.


Story first published:  Thursday, October 30, 2014, 17:30 [IST]
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