VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten 123 © Getty
In a thrilling encounter at the Alur Cricket Stadium, Punjab secured a four-run win over Karnataka, the architect of which was Shubman Gill who scored an unbeaten 123. In a match reduced to 42 overs per side due to a wet outfield, Gill’s knock was the cornerstone of Punjab’s total of 269, with useful contributions from Mandeep Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann. Mandeep was involved in a 125-run stand for the second wicket with Gill after Manan Vohra was dismissed by Vinay Kumar for a first-ball duck. Yuvraj and Gurkeerat then came up with breezy knock to help Punjab finish with a good total. In reply, Karnataka were reduced to 61 for 3 before KL Rahul and Pavan Deshpande were involved in a 100-run partnership to revive the chase. Punjab managed to hit back with quick wickets but Rahul went on to register a fine 107 to keep Karnataka in the hunt. Karnataka needed 21 off 17 when Barinder Sran dismissed Rahul. Siddarth Kaul and Sran bowled a couple of tight overs, which meant that Karnataka needed six for victory off the final ball. But Vinay could not pull it off, leading to Karnataka’s first loss of the season, despite which they retain top spot in Group A.
Brief scores: Punjab 269/3 in 42 overs (Shubman Gill 123*, Mandeep Singh 64; Vinay Kumar 2-40) beat Karnataka 265/8 in 42 overs (KL Rahul 107, Pavan Deshpande 53; Siddarth Kaul 3-47) by 4 runs.
A clinical effort with the ball set up Odisha’s nine-wicket win over Assam in the Vijay Hazare Group A encounter at the Just Cricket Academy Ground in Bengaluru. Suryakant Pradhan did the damage early on after Odisha opted to bowl as he removed the openers in quick succession. Three among the middle-order batsmen reached double-digit scores but none could conver that into a substantial contribution, with Romario Sharma’s 49 being the highest, as Assam were skittled out for 136. Odisha lost Anurag Sarangi after a slow start but that was the only wicket to fall in their innings as Rajesh Dhuper and Govinda Poddar scored unbeaten half-centuries to help their team over the line in the 26th over. The victory wass Odisha’s second in three matches.
Brief scores: Assam 136 in 46.1 overs (Romario Sharma 49; Suryakant Pradhan 2-14, Abhishek Raut 2-33) lost to Odisha 137/1 in 25.4 overs (Rajesh Dhuper 70*, Govinda Poddar 50*; Pritam Das 1-32) by 9 wickets.
Three of Railways’ top four scored half-centuries while Ankit Yadav’s four-wicket haul led a fine bowling effort to help them overpower Haryana by 51 runs at the Alur Cricket Stadium. Saurabh Wakaskar and Mrunal Devdhar put on a 139-run stand for the opening wicket to provide a good platform. Although both fell in quick succession, Arindam Ghosh and Akash Yadav continued from where the openers had left off, putting on 64 for the third wicket with Ghosh becoming the third half-centurion of the innings. Railways eventually finished with a total of 272 for 7, which proved to be too much for Haryana who were bowled out for 221. Chaitanya Bishnoi and Rohit Parmod Sharma came up with fighting half-centuries but their efforts went in vain as Haryana kept losing wickets and were bowled out for 221. The win was Railways’ second in three matches, helping them move up to the third spot, level on points with second-placed Baroda and fourth-placed Odisha.
Brief scores: Railways 272/7 in 50 overs (Mrunal Devdhar 68, Saurabh Wakaskar 58, Arindam Ghosh 55; Harshal Patel 3-62) beat Haryana 221 in 45.1 overs (Chaitanya Bishnoi 79, Rohit Parmod Sharma 50; Ankit Yadav 4-36) by 51 runs.
Unmukt Chand extended his good form with a knock of 90 while Kulwant Khejroliya and Suboth Bhati picked up three wickets apiece to help Delhi defeat Bengal by 89 runs at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Nadaun. While Chand anchored the innings, Hiten Dalal, and Nitish Rana batted batted well around him to set up a good platform for Delhi. Milind Kumar and Pawan Negi came up with useful contributions down the order to help Delhi finish with 282 for 8. Bengal kept losing wickets regularly in the chase, with Abhimanyu Easwaran (67) being the only one to cross 20 among the top five. Bengal were eventually bowled out for 193 to suffer their third loss in four game, extending their winless run in the tournament with their match against Kerala being a tie. Delhi, meanwhile, consolidated their top spot with their fourth successive win.
Brief Scores: Delhi 282/8 in 50 overs (Unmukt Chand 90, Nitish Rana 48; Boddupalli Amit 4-52) beat Bengal 193 in 41 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 67, Anustup Majumdar 31; Kulwant Khejroliya 3-30, Suboth Bhati 3-38) by 89 runs
Nidheesh MD’s three-wicket haul and a collective effort from the batsmen helped Kerala secure a four-wicket victory over Tripura in the Group B match in Dharamsala. After being asked to bat, Tripura lost wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 104 for 5. Manisankar Murasingh and Shyam Gon steadied the innings with an 84-run stand before Nidheesh removed both the set batsmen in quick succession, which helped Kerala restrict Tripura to 231 for 9. In reply, The top-order batsmen, barring Jalaj Saxena, came up with useful contributions to keep Kerala on track. However, they could not carry on and make a big contribution, which left them in a spot of bother at 192 for 6. However, Mohammed Azharuddeen came to the team’s rescue with an unbeaten 47 as Kerala reached the target in the 46th over. The victory was Kerala’s first in three matches, which included a tie against Bengal, while Tripura suffered their third loss in as many games.
Brief scores: Tripura 231/9 in 50 overs (Manisankar Murasingh 61, Rajat Dey 46; Nidheesh MD 3-29, Abhishek Mohan 2-40) lost to Kerala 234/6 in 45.1 overs (Rohan Prem 52, Mohammed Azharuddeen 47*; Neelambuj Vats 3-49) by 4 wickets.
In a low-scoring encounter at the Lohnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur, Uttar Pradesh won by 43 runs, handing Himachal Pradesh their first loss of the tournament in the process. Himachal, placed third and UP, placed fourth, have eight points apiece, as do Maharashtra who currently occupy the second spot thanks to their superior NRR. Opting to bowl, Himachal had reduced UP to 69 for 5 before Rinku Singh, Aryan Juyal and Saurabh Kumar came up with vital knocks to help their side to 189. In reply, Himachal too kept losing wickets regularly as Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajpoot and Saurabh Kumar ran through their batting order to bowl out Himachal for 146.
Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 189 in 42.1 overs (Saurabh Kumar 44, Rinku Singh 31; Ayush Jamwal 3-23, Vinay Galetiya 3-28) beat Himachal Pradesh 146 in 42.3 overs (Nikhil Gangta 39; Kartik Tyagi 3-29, Saurabh Kumar 2-20) by 43 runs.
A Tamil Nadu side without Ravichandran Ashwin, skipper Vijay Shankar and opener Murali Vijay, who was dropped from the squad midway through the tournament, suffered their fourth straight loss that has put them on the brink of elimination. Andhra were bolstered by half-centuries from Srikar Bharat, Ricky Bhui and Bodapati Sumanth after Tamil Nadu sent them in. Chasing 277, the home side were in a spot of bother despite the second-wicket stand fetching 69.
The likes of Kaushik Gandhi, N Jagadeesan, Baba Aparajith and Balchander Anirudh had all made starts but failed to kick on and get a big one. Jagatheesan Kousik chipped in with a late fifty but it still wasn’t enough as they eventually fell 29 runs short. Andhra now have one foot on the quarterfinal following their fourth straight win.
Brief scores: Andhra 276/6 in 50 overs (Srikar Bharat 82, Bodapati Sumanth 62*; Rahil Shah 2-39, Washington Sundar 1-39) beat Tamil Nadu 247 in 48.5 overs (Jagatheesan Kousik 56, Kaushik Gandhi 44; Bandaru Ayyappa 2-37, Hanuma Vihari 2-41) by 29 runs.
Madhya Pradesh kept themselves in contention for a last eight spot following an incredible victory over Goa where they chased down the target of 221 in just 25.4 overs. In a bid to increase the net run rate, the openers Rajat Patidar and Naman Ojha made a blitzy start with the wicketkeeper-batsman registering a quick half-century and perishing at the same time within the first powerplay.
While Ojha struck four sixes, Patidar continued his assault and breezed his way to a century and remained unbeaten on 124 off just 85 balls. Swapnil Asnodkar’s stroke-filled 85 earlier in the day went in vain as Goa suffered a collapse to go from 133 for 1 to 220. But judging by their opponent’s approach, even 100 more runs wouldn’t have sufficed. Madhya Pradesh’s final game will be against Rajasthan.
Brief scores: Goa 220 in 48.3 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 85, Amogh Sunil Desai 39; Sohraab Dhaliwal 3-33, Anshul Tripathi 3-40) lost to Madhya Pradesh 223/2 in 25.4 overs (Rajat Patidar 124*, Naman Ojha 50; Lakshay Garg 1-23) by 8 wickets
After three successive losses, Gujarat finally opened their account following a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan. The win was set up by Piyush Chawla initially who gave Rajasthan no hopes of a comeback with a three-wicket burst after they had lost half the side with just 121 on the board. Mahipal Lomror fought valiantly to score a half-century but a total of 172 was never going to be enough.
Despite losing skipper Parthiv Patel for a duck early on, a half-century from Priyank Panchal and valuable contributions from Dhruv Raval and Bhargav Merai helped Gujarat go past the finishing line with minimum fuss.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 172 all out in 47.3 overs (Mahipal Lomror 63; Piyush Chawla 3-44, Santosh Shinde 2-20) lost to Gujarat 176/3 in 33.2 overs (Priyank Panchal 55, Bhargav Merai 41*; Khaleel Ahmed 1-49) by 7 wickets
Chhattisgarh halted Vidarbha’s unbeaten run following a huge upset at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Even though none of their batsmen went on to score a huge one, most of them chipped in with handy contributions including skipper Amandeep Khare and allrounder Vishal Kushwah, who struck a 36-ball 61. The final push helped them post 284 on the board and it was a total that proved to be too much for Vidarbha.
The defending Ranji champions who had won four on the trot, found life difficult despite skipper Faiz Fazal’s fifty. Kushwah also made a telling impact with the ball, breaking through the middle order that left Vidarbha reeling at 125/6, a position from which they didn’t manage to recover.
Brief scores: Chhattisgarh 284/8 in 50 overs (Amandeep Khare 65, Vishal Kushwah 61; Shrikant Wagh 3-58, Rajneesh Gurbani 2-43) beat Vidarbha 239 all out in 46.1 overs (Akshay Karnewar 60, Faiz Fazal 53; Vishal Kushwah 4-54) by 45 runs
A measured century from opener Nakul Harpal Verma and handy efforts from Gahlaut Rahul Singh and Diwesh Pathania went in vain as Jammu and Kashmir registered their second win of the tournament on Sunday. Jammu and Kashmir weren’t intimidated by the prospect of having to chase down 297 as their openers provided them with a great platform. While Shubham Khajuria scored a ton, his partner Ahmed Bandy departed six short of a century. Post his dismissal, Ian Chauhan chipped in with a 29-ball 48 to make things easier as the target was overhauled with one over to spare.
Brief scores: Services 296/6 in 50 overs (Nakul Harpal Verma 125, Gahlaut Rahul Singh 71; Abhishek Bhat 2-66) lost to Jammu and Kashmir 297/5 in 49 overs (Shubham Khajuria 102, Ahmed Bandy 94; Arun Bamal 2-44) by 5 wickets
Ravindra Jadeja returned to form in cracking fashion as his belligerent century helped Saurashtra overpower Jharkhand in a high-scoring game. Chasing a mammoth 330, Saurashtra were in a spot of bother at 150/4 before Jadeja stitched a 114-run partnership with Chirag Jani, who was aggressive among the duo. Aarpit Vasavada then made things easier for Jadeja with a cameo as the allrounder reached his century at the other end. He remained unbeaten until the end as the target was achieved with ten balls to spare.
Earlier in the day, skipper Ishan Kishan struck seven sixes in his 93 and had added 143 in 25 overs with Virat Singh for the first wicket that helped set a foundation. Even though wickets then began falling at regular intervals from one end, Sumit Kumar’s half-century and Varun Aaron’s mini cameo at the death helped them post a big total, which still seemed to be not enough.
Brief scores: Jharkhand 329/9 in 50 overs (Ishan Kishan 93, Sumit Kumar 64; Chirag Jani 2-59, Shaurya Sanandia 2-59) lost to Saurashtra 333/6 in 48.2 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 113*, Chirag Jani 59; Ashish Kumar 2-64) by 4 wickets