Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of final of Deodhar Trophy 2015-16, being played between India A and India B at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur. This is Paulami Chakraborty, and I shall keep you updated with the events of the match as and when they happen. The tournament also included Gujarat who failed to reach the final. Deodhar Trophy from 2015-16 season has changed its format. Players who have been performing well in the domestic circuit are divided into two teams—India A and India B—and those side compete against the winners of Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The 2015-16 edition of Vijay Hazare trophy was won by Gujarat who is led by Parthiv Patel. He had led his side with a ton in the final, beating Delhi to be crowned the champions. All the three sides played against each other in the group stage of Deodhar Trophy with Gujarat losing both the fixtures. Meanwhile when India A and India B played against each other in the group stage, it was India B who ended as the winning team. Each win gave four points to a side. While Ambati Rayudu leads India A, it is Delhi’s Unmukt Chand with the captain’s band for India B.

Live Cricket Score, India B 124/6 in overs 40.4 | Batting: Dhawal Kulkarni 26(21), Stuart Binny 34(56): India A win Deodhar Trophy! The side defeated the other finalist India B by a massive 87 runs. The effort came from both batsmen and bowlers and a comfortable victory came their way.

OUT! Nathu Singh c Fazal b Nadeem 1 (2)

OUT! Stuart Binny st Ojha(wk) b Nadeem 60 (73)

Live Cricket Score, India B 160/7 in overs 35 | Batting: Karn Sharma 26(21), Stuart Binny 34(56): Karn Sharma is up to some power shots. Back to back boundaries and sixes and India B still have some hopes left of their victory. Karn’s wicket is something that the India A bowlers will look forward to pick up now.

OUT! Pawan Negi c Rayudu b Nadeem 5 (20)

Live Cricket Score, India B 124/6 in overs 30 | Batting: Pawan Negi 39(48), Stuart Binny 27(50): The damage has been done and the partnership which could have brought victory to the India B camp has been broken. Amit Mishra does it for India A as he dismisses a set Suryakumar Yadav for 45. Stuart Binny is still at the crease but he needs support from a proper batsman at the other end which looks hard.

OUT! Suryakumar Yadav c Shahbaz Nadeem b Amit Mishra 45 (52)

Live Cricket Score, India B 110/5 in overs 25 | Batting: Suryakumar Yadav 39(48), Stuart Binny 24(39): 100 comes up for India B and the two batsmen are playing sensible cricket here. They are hitting the right balls and taking singles or defending the ones that are good. They need to continue this in order to win the match.

Live Cricket Score, India B 87/5 in overs 20 | Batting: Suryakumar Yadav 26(37), Stuart Binny 14(20): The partnership looks good and it is fetching runs as well. They need 200 runs more to win the contest. It is hard but not impossible. A wicket at this stage will turn the game around completely.

Live Cricket Score, India B 63/5 in overs 15 | Batting: Suryakumar Yadav 15(26), Stuart Binny 1(1): 15 overs gone and the last five overs went in India A’s favour as the bowlers managed to scalp another couple of wickets. The last few technical batsmen are there to help chase the target down. Suryakumar Yadav have been the hero of many matches scoring important runs and needs to do the same here. He is hitting boundaries and trying to get as many runs as he can.

OUT! Dinesh Karthik b Thakur 12 (15)

OUT! Shreyas Iyer c Fazal b Aravind 24 (27)

Live Cricket Score, India B 39/3 in overs 10 | Batting: Suryakumar Yadav 4(13), Shreyas Iyer 24(26): The runrate has become slow and required runrate is going up. The pressure is increasing on the India B batsmen. They need to score runs as well but they have already lost 3 wickets early and that is what affecting their game.

Live Cricket Score, India B 14/3 in overs 5 | Batting: Suryakumar Yadav 3(8), Shreyas Iyer 0(1): India B in danger here. All three wickets were crucial for them and the target is even more magnified now. Only 5 overs gone and the India B bowlers are on a roll here.

OUT! Baba Aparajith c Ojha b Das 0 (4)

OUT! Mayank Agarwal c Rayudu b Das 3 (9)

OUT! Unmukt Chand lbw b Aravind 8 (8)

*India B’s innings starts*

Live Cricket Score, India A 286/7 in overs 50 | Batting: Kedar Jadhav 58(39), Shahbaz Nadeem 2(2): Quite and impressive score by the India A team as they put up a total of 286 for the India B team to chase. The best performance came from Faiz Fazal as he scored a 112-ball 100. Kedar Jadhav also scored an important half century playing down the order and pushed the score beyond 240.

OUT! Shardul Thakur c Sharma b Kulkarni 0 (2)

OUT! Amit Mishra c Dinesh Karthik(wk) b Kulkarni 7 (11)

Live Cricket Score, India A 251/5 in overs 46 | Batting: Amit Mishra 5 (6), Kedar Jadhav 20 (18): And 250 comes up for the India A side. The score looks quite challenging looking at the previous games of the tournament and the India A side still has 4 overs in hand. A score beyond 280 will be more than par and can be called quite safe.

OUT! Sudip Chatterjee c Iyer b Singh 15 (17)

Live Cricket Score, India A 213/4 in overs 41 | Batting: Sudip Chatterjee 7 (12), Kedar Jadhav 7 (6): The India A side seems to have lost the plot as they have suffered a minor collapse here at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. They were cruising for a big total but the dismissal of Vijay sparked the collapse. Ambati Rayudu was the last man to be dismissed, who fell for 20 off Stuart Binny.

Live Cricket Score, India A 195/3 in overs 37 | Batting: Sudip Chatterjee 1 (2), Ambati Rayudu 16 (11): Third wicket in quick succession as Faiz Fazal falls right after completing his century. Fazal faced 112 balls, struck nine boundaries and three sixes to score 100. Ambati Rayudu has been joined by the in-form batsman Sudip Chatterjee.

OUT!  Faiz Fazal run out 100 (112)

Live Cricket Score, India A 177/2 in overs 35 | Batting: Faiz Fazal 92(107), Ambati Rayudu 7 (6): And another wicket! India B seem to be making a strong comeback as Naman Ojha was removed by Baba Aparajith for 3 off 7. Fazal is still out there, and Ambati Rayudu has joined him in the middle. Fazal needs 8 more runs to bring up his century.

Live Cricket Score, India A 162/1 in overs 31.5 | Batting: Faiz Fazal 87(99): WICKET! No century for Murali Vijay in the final of the Deodhar Trophy 2015-16, as he has fallen to India B bowler Nathu Singh. Vijay faced 91 balls scored 69 runs with the help of three sixes and as many boundaries. He added as many as 162 runs for the first wicket with Faiz Fazal. Nathu Singh provides the breakthrough.

OUT! Murali Vijay c Baba Aparajith b Nathu Singh 69 (91)

Live Cricket Score, India A 131/0 in overs 31 | Batting: Faiz Fazal 86(97), Murali Vijay 69(90): Faiz Fazal and Murali Vijay have started playing big strokes, probably they want to push the scoring rate a little higher. Vijay has completed his half-century, and it looks like Fazal will be bringing up his century soon!

Live Cricket Score, India A 126/0 in overs 26 | Batting: Faiz Fazal 69(81), Murali Vijay 47(76): Faiz Fazal and Murali Vijay have notched up a brilliant century stand for the India A side, in this final match. At times it is about getting starts and the early momentum, and the two cricketers have done exactly that. While Fazal has completed his half-century, Vijay is taking his time to get to the achievement.

Live Cricket Score, India A 15/0 in overs 6, Batting: Faiz Fazal 12(25), Murali Vijay 1(12): And the India A have started their innings. No wickets so far and both batsmen look to settle down. Boundaries are coming and that is a good sign. The batsmen need to take singles and keep the scorecard moving.

Toss: India A won the toss and elected to bat

Squads:

India A: Parvez Rasool, Jalaj Saxena, Mandeep Singh, Naman Ojha (wk), K M Jadhav, M Vijay, Krishna Das, Arvind Sreenath, A R Mishra, Siddharth Kaul, A T Rayudu (c)

India B: Dhawal Kulkarni, Surya Kumar Yadav, N B Singh, B Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Stuart Binny, Karn Sharma, Unmukt Chand (c), Sheldon Jackson, Pawan Negi, Shreyas Iyer