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Eurasia Cup: India 'A' trounce Pak 'A'

India 'A' outplayed Pakistan 'A' in all departments of the game for a convincing 34-run win.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 12:05 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India 'A' outplayed Pakistan 'A' in all departments of the game for a convincing 34-run win in the Eurasia Series limited overs cricket tournamenton Fridaynight.

After producing a powerful batting performance to post a challenging 269 for six, the Indians dismissed their arch-rivals for 235 in the day-night encounter at the Sheikh Zayed stadium.

The win saw India top Group 'A' after the first phase of the league stage with two wins from as many matches.

They will now play the second and third placed teams of Group 'B' -- hosts UAE and Ireland -- in the second phase.

Bazid Khan stood tall among the ruins with 87 for Pakistan who had the consolation of gaining a bonus point from the match.

Rudra Pratap Singh (2-39), Vikram Rajvir Singh (3-33), Reetinder Singh Sodhi (2-34) and Ravinder Jadeja (2-28) shared the spoils for India.

Earlier, India A's top order batsmen fired in unison to to prop up the Indian total.

After Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan put up a century opening stand, captain Venugopala Rao (45) and Rohit Sharma (62) consolidated with another strong partnership.

Uthappa and Dhawan each made 52, but the latter at a quicker rate. MORE

Their left-right combination kept the Pakistani attack at bay while stitching 100 runs for the first wicket from inside 17 overs.

Dhawan repeatedly slash-cut the Paksitani pacers who tried to bounce the Indian batsmen.

The association was broken when Dhawan tried to step out to off spinner Mohammad Hafeez (2-46) and was beaten by a wide delivery to be stumped in the 17th over.

Uthappa went back five overs later, the umpire belatedly upholding a leg before appeal by leg spinner Mansoor Amjad (2-49).

Rao and Sharma added 86 runs for the third wicket with the captain making a composed 45 off 74 balls.

The Andhra batsman was unfortunate to miss out on his half-century, caught by his Pakistani counterpart Hasan Raza off Umar Gul (2-51) in the 38th over.

Sharma, with valuable support from wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kaarthick, then picked up the scoring baton.

The right-hander's innings of 62 came to an end when he top edged a pull shot against Gul and was caught at square leg.

Kaarthick perished in the slog overs, caught in the deep off Amjad for 33.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 12:05 IST