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Suresh Raina flops, Gurkeerat Singh saves the day for India A

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:36 IST

Gurkeerat Singh's all-round brilliance enabled India A to comfortably crush Bangladesh A by 96 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series in Bangalore on 16 September.

The Punjab all-rounder contributed a quickfire 65 off 58 balls to ensure a commanding total of 322 for seven for the hosts, and then effectively bowled his off-breaks to return figures of 5/29 in 7.3 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 226 in 42.3 overs.

Gurkeerat's five-for, In fact, was his best figures in List A as the last five Bangladesh wickets fell for just 19 runs to him.

Much was expected of India's limited overs specialist Suresh Raina, who was coming into competitive match after a three-month rest, but he looked completely rusty during his 28-ball 16.

Gurkeerat, along with young Sanju Samson (73) and Rishi Dhawan (56), who steadied the innings as India were reduced to 125 for five at the halfway stage after opener Mayank Agarwal's steady innings of 56.

This was Gurkeerat's second successive Man-of-the-Match performance after his unbeaten 87 won India A the tri-series final against Australia A in Chennai.

His 58-ball innings had nine boundaries as he added 102 runs in 14.5 overs with Samson and another 78 in eight overs with Dhawan whose 56 came off 34 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Dhawan also did well with the ball getting 2/51 in eight overs.

Put into bat by rival skipper Mominul Haque, opener Agarwal and Unmukt Chand (16) took the team's total to 44 with India A skipper hitting four boundaries before Taskin Ahmed's extra pace induced him to edge one to Liton Das behind the stumps.

Manish Pandey (1) did not last long as he edged one from seamer Shafiul Islam to Litton. Raina scratched around a bit as he played a few dot balls before he was fooled by a straighter one from off-spinner Nasir Hossain.

Kedar Jadhav (0) fell short of his crease before opening his account as India were reduced to 76 for four. Along with Samson, Agarwal steadied the innings by adding 49 runs for the fifth wicket as he completed another List A half-century.

Brief scores:

India A 322/7 in 50 overs (Sanju Samson 73, Gurkeerat Singh 65, Mayank Agarwal 56, Nasir Hossain 2/51) defeated Bangladesh A 226 all out in 42.3 overs (Liton Das 75, Nasir Hossain 52, Gurkeerat Singh 5/29) by 96 runs.


First published: 16 September 2015, 6:36 IST