India Blue rode on a half-century by Manish Pandey and impressive bowling displays by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Vinay Kumar to clinch the Challenger Series for the NKP Salve Trophy at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday (September 29).
With a convincing all-round performance, Yuvraj Singh's team crushed Delhi, boasting a host of batting superstars, by 50 runs in a one-sided final in front of a huge crowd. After India Blue posted 274 for 9, Bhuvneshwar (4/39) and Vinay (3/64) restricted Delhi to 224 all out.
Choosing to bat, Akshath Reddy and Naman Ojha batted carefully to take India Blue to 51 in 11 overs, when Parvinder Awana cleaned up Ojha (33) off a thick inside edge that went on to hit the middle stump. Rajat Bhatia then ensured Delhi maintained control when he struck with his first ball to dismiss Akshath (22).