Kedar Jadhav, Shahbaz Nadeem lead India B to Deodhar Trophy title
Jadhav then took charge of the innings and tonked four boundaries and as many sixes to ensure India B reach the 280 zone. © Twitter

Kedar Jadhav put behind a poor run of form and smashed 86 off 94 while Shahbaz Nadeem chipped in with a four-wicket haul to lead India B to a clinical 51-run victory over India C in the final of the Deodhar Trophy at Ranchi on Monday.

Opting to bat, India B were in a spot of bother after they lost both their openers – Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) and captain Parthiv Patel (14) – inside the first 10 overs.

Mumbai teen Yashasvi Jaiswal and Baba Aparajith then steadied the innings as the duo combined to add 45 runs for the third wicket before the partnership was brought to an end by Jalaj Saxena, who trapped the Tamil Nadu batsman for 13.

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Jaiswal meanwhile went on to register his half-century but was dismissed soon later for 54 by Axar Patel. His 79-ball stay at the crease was laced with five boundaries and one six.

Nitish Rana displayed a pale shadow of his past to add just 20 before he became Ishan Porel’s third victim.

Jadhav then took charge of the innings and tonked four boundaries and as many sixes to ensure India B reach the 280 zone. Porel claimed a five-wicket haul that included the wicket of Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to end with impressive figures of five for 43 in his 10 overs.

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In reply, none of the India C batters save Priyam Garg managed to put up a fight. Captain Shubman Gill, who broke Virat Kohli’s 10-year-old Deodhar Trophy record, added just 1 before he was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj, while run machine Mayank Agarwal’s innings was brought to an end by Nadeem.

Garg’s fighting 74 was not enough for India C since he received no support from the other end. Axar did up the tempo with a 49-ball 38 but that too didn’t prove sufficient.

Nadeem returned with figures of four for 32 in his 10 overs. Siraj pocketed two in his 10 overs conceding 43 runs.

Brief scores: India B 283/7 in 50 overs (Kedar Jadhav 86, Yashasvi Jaiswal 54, Vijay Shankar 45, K Gowtham 35; Ishan Porel 5/43) beat India C 232/9 in 50 overs (Priyam Garg 74; Shahbaz Nadeem 4/32, Mohammed Siraj 2/40) by 51 runs