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Deodhar Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan tons help India C lift title

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Ajinkya Rahane proved why he isn’t someone who can be done away with in ODIs after he stroked a powerful 144 which helped India C win the Deodhar Trophy on Saturday.

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It was his unbeaten knock of 144 of 156 balls which had nine fours and three sixes that laid the foundation for his team to launch themselves for a big score. And it happened that way as well. He shared a 210-run opening partnership with Ishan Kishan who powered his way to a ton as well–one of just 87 balls with eleven fours and six sixes as India C ended their first innings with a massive 352/7 on the board.

Despite Jaydev Unadkat scalping three wickets, it was all about the India C batters. A blazing 39 off 18 balls with four huge sixes by Suryakumar Yadav helped the Rahane led side rack up such a huge total as they walked into the break with a lot of momentum and confidence.

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But just when one thought that this match would be a one-sided affair and India C would absolutely steamroll their opponents, Rahane’s opposite number–Shreyas Iyer came up with a ton of his own–in 114 balls as he took the fight to the opposition. The Mumbai batsman made a strong case for himself for India’s ODI squad after he stroked 11 fours and sent eight over the fence in his knock with an impressive strike-rate of 129.82. He stitched 116 runs for the second wicket with Ruturaj Gaikwad (60) as they posed a tough threat to that 353-run target. Eventually, they fell 29 short of that mammoth total.

Left-arm spinner Pappu Roy starred for India C with three with three wickets.

Brief scores: India C 352/7 (Ajinkya Rahane 144 no off 156 balls, Ishan Kishan 114 off 87 balls) beat India B 323 all out in 46.2 overs (Shreyas Iyer 148 off 114 balls, Ruturaj Gaikwad 60, Ankush Bains 37, Pappu Roy 3/75) by 29 runs.

Image credit (Ajinkya Rahane)-myKhel

Image credit (Ishan Kishan) -Cricfit

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