India A beat Israel in second one-dayer

Superb three half centuries helped India A defeat hosts Israel by 90 runs in their second one-day international match.

updated: July 19, 2008 09:43 IST
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Ashdod (Israel):

Superb half centuries by M Vijay (77), Chetshwer Pujara (73) and Rajat Bhatia (55 not out) helped India A defeat hosts Israel by 90 runs in their second one-dayer.

India A scored 313 for 5 in their stipulated 50 overs and then rolled over the opponents in 46 overs with the aid of Vinay Kumar (4-33) and Rajat (3-35) halting Israel's chase at 223 runs.

Vijay and Pujara put up a second-wicket partnership of 126 runs but IPL star SwapnilAshnodkar, who was expected to entertain the crowds with his flamboyant batting, went for 18.

All-rounder Rajat Bhatia, however, did not disappoint locals, who again today turned up in significant numbers to watch the most important cricketing event for the state.

Israel got off to a poor start and were 56 for 3 at the end of 17 overs, far away from the daunting task. They suffered a major setback when South African star Jhonty Rhodes came out to bat with a runner due to an injury and was cheaply sent packing, for three.

Captain Adam Bacher, a South African international, fought back with 74 off 55 balls and also sharing a 115-run partnership with Irish-Jewish player Greg Mollinf, who scored 55 of 89 balls. Rajat 3-35, Vinay Kumar 4-33.

The Israeli team comprises several Jewish players from around the world, including Bension Sagaonkar from India, and Rhodes who joins them as a supporter of Israel.

The three match series is being played to commemorate 60 years of Israel's independence. Israel Cricket Association is an associate member of the ICC and was a founding member of the European Cricket Council in 1996.