Yusuf's century fashions India A's win

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Chennai, Sep 21 (UNI) Middle order batsman Yusuf Pathan struck a strokeful century to guide India-A to an emphatic 81-run win over New Zealand-A in the Tri-Nation ODI series here today.

Yusuf struck a 127-ball 148 (9x4, 9x6) to pull India from depths of despair and post a challenging 305 for eight.

The Kiwis tried to make a fight out of it, before falling short by a huge margin. The visitors were bowled out for 224 in 45.4 overs.

Openers Redmond (23) and Watling (23) started well. P G Fulton (42), Hamish Marshal (51) and Broom (33) consolidated but the lower order caved in meekly.

The Kiwis, who were cruising well at 168 for three in 34 overs, at one stage lost the plot after Marshall and Broom fell in quick succession thus ending their hopes of reaching the target.

Suresh Raina, who failed with the bat, rolled his arm over with his gentle off spinners and claimed four wickets.

Scoreboard: New Zealand A: A J Redmond c Badrinath b Kumar 23 BJ Watling c sub (A M Nayar) b Kulkarni 23 PG Fulton st Karthik b Chawla 42 J A H Marshall lbw b Raina 51 N T Broom lbw b Raina 33 G D Elliott c Kulkarni b IK Pathan 8 NL McCullum c Chawla b Kumar 9 RA Young c Uthappa b Raina 11 MR Gillespie c Kulkarni b Raina 13 JS Patel c Raina b Chawla 6 BJ Arnel (not out) 0 Extras (lb-4, w-1) 5 Total: 224 all out uin 45.4 overs.

Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-76, 3-97, 4-168, 5-183, 6-185, 7-199, 8-214, 9-220, 10-224.

Bowling: Irfan Pathan 8-2-29-1 Praveen Kumar 8-0-31-2 D S Kulkarni 9-0-59-1 Piyush Chawla 9.4-2-42-2 Yusuf K Pathan 4-0-26-0 Suresh Raina 6-0-23-4 S Badrinath 1-0-10-0 UNI GV GM PY GC2006

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