Yuvraj Singh shines as India Blue edge India Red by 11 runs to make Challenger Trophy final

Chasing 346 to win, India Red were all out for 334 in the final over after their middle and lower order brought them mighty close to the huge target.

updated: September 27, 2013 19:56 IST
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Yuvraj Singh bludgeoned his way to a 53-ball 84 and gave the national selectors another timely reminder of his worth even as Abhishek Nayar slammed a 39-ball 75 not-out to take India Blue to the final with a 11-run win over India Red in the NKP Salve Challenger Series here on Friday.

Sent into bat, India Blue posted an imposing 345 for four before bowling out the opposition for 334 in 49.5 overs at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

The match was as good as over for India Red with the Yusuf Pathan-led side needing 38 in the last two overs. However, Umesh Yadav and Shabhaz Nadeem hit a flurry of boundaries to nearly lead their side to what would have been an improbable win.

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