Air India Red has beaten Air India Blue by a huge margin of 93 runs to win the first ever BCCI Corporate Trophy in the finals played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The Blues won the toss and decided to field first. It was a decision that was immediately rewarded when the Reds lost their first wicket in the very first over; Naman Ojha scalped for a duck. Robin Uthappa was then joined by Sushant Marathe and the pair added 79 for the second wicket to set a good foundation for a later assault. Yuvraj Singh did not last too long, but Uthappa continued playing his natural game through the innings and smashed one of his best scores in cricket; a 148-ball 157, without being dismissed through the length of the innings. >
Apart from Marathe’s 36, Suresh Raina was the only other batsman to get to 20 – scoring a 28 off 24 balls – and the Reds ended with 284/8 in the fifty overs. Harbhajan Singh captured four wickets for the Blues.
In reply, the Blues began well and reached 88/1 in 16 overs, but were dealt a double blow by Yuvraj Singh – Mohammad Kaif and M.S.Dhoni gone off successive balls. With the captain out of the way and the pitch spinning and biting on the surface now, the game tilted fully in favour of the Reds as the Blues were bundled out for 191 in near 42 overs.
Uthappa was named the man-of-the-match, whereas Blues’ opener, C.Madan was named the man-of-the-series.