HANGOVER of the Indian Premier League continued to have its impact on Team India cricketer Dinesh Karthick on Friday.
The right-handed batsman took just 93 balls to hammer an unbeaten 121 with the help of 12 fours and three mighty sixes to help host Sahara India notch up a convincing 74-run win against Sri Lanka's Colombo Colts in a Pool 'B' league match of the 56th Sahara City Homes Sheesh Mahal Cricket Tournament.
Making full use of a placid strip of the KD Singh 'Babu' Stadium, Karthick taught a lesson to the Sri Lankan bowlers with his hard-hitting batting all-around the ground. Former Indian team opener Akash Chopra was also in his nick, giving a good support to Karthick in the middle. The duo added 86 runs for the second wicket as Sahara India piled up 267/7 in the stipulated 40 overs after they chose to bat first.
Later, young bowler from Bengal Ranadeb Bose removed both the openers on duck in his very two overs. And then Laxmi Ratan Shukla took 4/40 to skittle the visitors out for 193 in 38.5 overs. Jaidev Shah also took 2/9.
Arosh Janoda remained the top scorer for the Colombo Colts with 43, which contained two fours and equal number of sixes. The win, however, fetched Sahara India with five points, including a bonus.
Abbas Raza shines!
ABBAS RAZA bagged 4/31 in his eight over spell as Rizvi Builders carved out a thrilling nine-run victory against Indian Oil in other league match of the day, at the Chowk Stadium. Needing 199 to win in 40 overs, India Oil got out for 189 in 39.4 overs.
Besides Abbas, spinners duo Paresh Patel and Karan Sharma took two wickets each to fashions team's victory. The wickets were falling on regular intervals from the one end, but at the other end Cheteshwar Pujara was standing like a solid rock. His marathon 80-run innings off 100 balls with four fours and a six finally came to an end in the penultimate over of Jyoti Yadav.
Spinners Vikrant Yeligeti and Bal Krishna with three wickets each put the breaks on Rizvi Builders innings after they chose to bat first in the morning. Opener Varun Kumar (39), Prashant Gupta (30), Paresh Patel (27) and Brijesh Tomar (20) made small but useful contributions to help the side score 198/9.
On Saturday, Colombo Colts meet Rizvi Builders, at the Chowk Stadium, while Sahara India take on Indian Oil, at the KD Singh 'Babu' Stadium.
Sahara India 267 for 7 in 40 overs (Dinesh Karthick not out 121, Akash Chopra 59, M Vijay 23, Yashpal Singh 21, M Warnapure 2 for 33, Angelo Mathew 2 for 37) beat Colombo Colts, Sri Lanka 193 in 38.5 overs (Arosh Janoda 43, M Warnapura 39, Angelo Mathew 35, Roshane Silva 31, LR Shukla 4 for 40, Ranadeb Bose 2 for 7, Jaidev Shah 2 for 9).
Rizvi Builders 198 for 9 in 40 overs (Varun Kumar 39, Prashant Gupta 30, Paresh Patel 27, Brijesh Tomar 20, Bal Krishna 3 for 27, Vikrant Yeligeti 3 for 33, Anand Rajan 2 for 23) beat Indian Oil 189 in 39.4 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 80, Abhishek Raut 21, Abbas Raza 4 for 31, Paresh Patel 2 for 35, Karan Sharma 2 for 38).