NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2005

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2005 - 06 Challenger Series

In 1994-95, the Board of Control for Cricket in India introduced the Challenger series, an annual day-night one-day tournament, keeping in view India's one-day international commitments. The India Senior and India A & B teams are the participants. From 1998-99 the tournament was known as the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, named after former Board of Control for Cricket in India president NKP Salve - the man who brought the World Cup to the sub-continent in 1987. 2005 - 06 Challenger Trophy Schedule: Oct 10 : India Seniors v India A
Oct 11 : India Seniors v India B
Oct 12 : India A v India B
Oct 13 : Final.

2005 - 06 Challenger Trophy Results: India Seniors v India A (Oct 10) - A late fightback from the lower order batsmen enabled India 'A' score a thrilling one-wicket victory over India Seniors, with two balls to spare, in the opening match of the Challenger Trophy tournament.
Chasing a target of 290 in 50 overs, India 'A' were in the dumps at 234 for 7 in the 42nd over, but some lusty hitting by V R V Singh and Romesh Powar saw them overhaul the Seniors' total, finishing on 291 for 9 in 49.4 overs.
Score card
India A won by 1 wicket
India Seniors - 289/8 (50 Overs)
India A - 291/9 (49.4 Overs)
Man of the Match: Venugopal Rao India Seniors v India B (Oct 11) - India Seniors defeated India 'B' by seven-wicket in the second match of the Challenger Series. The Seniors' handsome win was founded on an unbroken double century partnership between Yuvraj Singh and Venugopala Rao who helped the team recover from a shaky start and overhaul the India 'B' target of 241 with 25 balls to spare.
Score card
India Seniors won by 7 wickets
India Seniors - 240 all out (49.4 Overs)
India A - 242/3 (45.5 Overs)
Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh India A v India B (Oct 12) - A hurricane century by Karnataka's 19-year old Robin Uthappa helped India 'B' pull off a memorable seven-wicket victory over India 'A' and storm into the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Series. India 'B' needed to achieve the target in 47.3 overs to set up a summit clash with India Seniors on Thursday but Uthappa's blitzkrieg performance made sure they romped home with more than 11 overs to spare. The victory, with a bonus point, meant that the least favourites of the series finished on top of the table, above Seniors and 'A'. Score card
India B won by 7 wickets
India A - 260/8 (50 Overs)
India B - 264/3 (38.5 Overs)
Man of the Match: A Uthappa

The Finals

India Seniors v India B (Oct 13)) - India Seniors produced a strong performance to defeat India B by three wickets and win the Challenger Series limited overs cricket final for the NKP Salve Trophy at the PCA Stadium here tonight. After bundling out India B for a modest 177, the Seniors rode on a robust knock by Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan to knock off the required runs with 11 overs to spare.
It was sort of coming of age for Vidyut, son of former Tamil Nadu player Sivaramakrishnan, who cracked 87 from 107 balls with 15 fours. Vidyuts stroke-filled innings more than made up for the early loss of Sachin Tendulkar who, after a run-a-ball 22 comprising four fours, was consumed by a Piyush Chawla googly. Score card
India Seniors won by 3 wickets
India B - 177 (42.5 Overs)
India Seniors - 181/7 (39 overs)
Man of the Match: Vidyut Shivaramakrishnan

NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2005-06 Teams

India Seniors:

Mohammad Kaif (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar , Satyajit Parab, Yuvraj Singh, Y Venugopal Rao, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Jai Prakash Yadav
Coach: Greg Chappell

India A:

VVS Laxman (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Hemang Badani, Niraj Patel, Dheeraj Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Shanbaz Nadeem, VR Singh, Manoj Tewari
Coach: Sandeep Patil

India B:

Dinesh Mongia (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Sridharan Sriram, Sunny Singh, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Sree Santh, Ranadeb Bose, Amit Bhandari, Ravikant Shukla, Piyush Chawla, Sreekumar Nair
Coach: Robin Singh

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.