Challenger Series Oct '05 - Match 3 - India B notes

Robin Uthappa played a dream knock. The stand-out feature of his batting was his uncanny ability to switch gears to great effect. 88 off his 116 runs came in boundaries and he took just 14 balls to advance from 61 to his hundred. He might not get an immediate look in but he seems just the kind of guy that can play Sehwag's role to perfection on sub-continent pitches.

Dhawan played second fiddle to Robin and was unlucky to get run-out off a deflection from the bowler's hand at the non-striker's end. Robin and Shikar bat really well together and their running between the wickets was great to watch.

Sriram made an unbeaten 45, but he would know that his performances in this tourney haven't been good enough to make a strong case for him. He was given 2 overs to bowl and he went for 15.

Mongia made a 40 too but he is a much better bowler than Sriram. Of all the spin-bowling all-rounders that have been on display in this tournament, he is probably be the best. If he doesn't make it to the team this season, he might have to be content with opportunities in the county circuit for the remainder of his career.

Parthiv didnt get to bat for long and had an ok day behind the stumps. Bhandari, Sree Santh and Bose picked up 2 wickets apiece, and Santh was the pick of the three again and returned figures of 2-44 from his 10 overs. Yusuf Pathan bowled a decent spell without ever looking like taking a wicket. Young Piyush bowled well and picked up 2 wickets in the slog overs.

India B made it to the finals, but I still think India A with Badani and Powar in it is a much stronger team and would have been a better opposition to the Senior Side in the finals.

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