Sehwag leads run riot as India Blue pile on the misery
Virender Sehwag made a breezy 75 to help India Blue register an imposing total of 330 runs for eight wickets against India Green in the N K P Salve Challenger Trophy at Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera near here today.
After electing to bat, India Blue lost opener Swapnil Asnodkar (8) cheaply. But, Sehwag exhibited his flamboyance to hit 14 fours and a big six in his 57-ball innings.
The Delhi batsman was cleaned up by Iqbal Abdulla but not before boosting his team to reach the 100-run mark.
Soon after, he was rewarded with a berth in the Indian squad for the first two ODIs against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Arjun Yadav (65) and Suresh Raina (64) put on a 85-run partnership for the third wicket to take the Blue side closer to the 200-mark.
As both of them fell in quick succession, wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik shouldered the responsibility and scored a useful 48-ball 65. He struck seven fours and a six, enabling India Blue to cross 300.
Piyush Chawla and Abdulla picked up two wickets each for India Green.