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And the southpaws' weekend fare of fiery centuries helped India B defeat India A by 82 runs in the TVS Salve Challenger Series day/night one-day match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.
India B posted 340 for two in 50 overs and India A chasing a rain induced Duckworth Lewis target of 308 in 40 overs, mustered 225 in 35.2 overs.
On a day when Dinesh Mongia felt all was well with the world, he turned his arm over and his nagging left-arm spin yielded four wickets that ambushed the India A chase.
A target of 308 in 40 overs, with an asking rate over seven, can stretch minds and sinews but with Sachin Tendulkar in its ranks, India A perhaps could dream about a probable victory.
Tendulkar (22), however, after serving an appetiser hooking Amit Bhandari for 6 over fine-leg, succumbed to the Delhi seamer with Dravid pouching at mid-off and punching the air in delight.
Diminutive Gautam Gambhir (58) stayed unruffled. A stadium's silence after Tendulkar departs can often snuff out remnant hopes, but Gambhir soldiered on and found his desserts in a J.P. Yadav over, with hits that pockmarked the mid-wicket zone at varying angles.
The Delhi opener's innings ended when he moved far too across and saw Sarandeep peg back his leg-stump.
The dregs of a fightback drained quickly as Mohammed Kaif played back and found Dinesh Mongia curling one into his pads.
The Mongia touch had a fatal sheen as Sriram was stranded while Thilak whipped off the bails and Mithun Minhas' (38) belated effort was the last flicker before leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule rendered the final rites.
India B: 340 for two (in 50 overs).
India A: Gautam Gambhir b Sarandeep Singh 58, Sachin Tendulkar c Rahul Dravid b Amit Bhandari 22, Ajay Ratra b J.P. Yadav 1, Mohammed Kaif lbw b Dinesh Mongia 28, S. Sriram st Thilak Naidu b Mongia 29, Rohan Gavaskar c J.P. Yadav b Mongia 16, Mithun Minhas b Sairaj Bahutule 38, Ramesh Powar b Mongia 10, Anil Kumble c Thilak Naidu b Siddarth Trivedi 8, Irfan Pathan (not out) 0, Avishkar Salvi b Bahutule 0. Extras (b-1, lb-2, nb-9, w-3) 15. Total: 225 (in 35.2 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-87, 3-87, 4-146, 5-149, 6-189, 7-202, 8-225, 9-225.
India B bowling: Amit Bhandari 6-0-41-1, Siddarth Trivedi 4-0-34-1 (nb-4, w-1), J.P. Yadav 3-1-27-1, Sarandeep Singh 8-0-41-1 (nb-2, w-2), Sairaj Bahutule 3.2-0-28-2 (nb-3), Dinesh Mongia 8-0-31-4, Vijay Bharadwaj 3-0-20-0.
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