Ganesh’s mammoth 156 helped India thrash Pakistan
Chennai: After India taking up the T20 series 2-1 in the bilateral series, the 1st ODI of the 3-match series started today at SPIC YMCA Grounds Nandhanam, Chennai.
India’s Caption Shekar Naik won the toss and put Pakistan to bat. Pakistan started positively, with the openers got off to a great start, by adding 51 runs for the first wicket. India’s main stream bowler Ajay got the break through by removing Yaseer. Other opener Mohammed Akram was joined with Idrees Saleem to add 50 more for the 2nd wicket.
Mohammed Akram added a brilliant 73 in 44 balls. 11 hits to the fence. At one stage, Pakistan were 155/5 in the 18th over. The No. 7 batsman Mohammed Fayaz, batted exceptionally well with the tail-enders by scoring unbeaten 96 thus helped Pakistan to reach 352 in the allotted 40 overs.
For India Ajay Kumar Reddy 3/ 69.
Chasing the huge target of 353, India lost first 2 wickets before reaching 50-run mark and at one stage they were at 90-3 in the 13th over.
Ajay Kumar Reddy joined with the opener Ganesh Busara for the 4th wicket and turned the game for India in their own style. These two piled up runs at an ease by scoring 197 runs for the 4th wicket in 111 balls.
Ajay was run out 76 runs in 53 balls (8 fours). Ganesh continued his knock for a comfortable victory of India . He remained unbeaten on 156 in 112 balls (12 fours and 1 five)
India reached the target of 353 and won by 5 wickets with 18 balls to spare. This victory brought India to lead the series 1/0 of the 3 match series. Ganesh was declared MoM for his splendid knock.
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