A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.
Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal bagged a five-wicket haul as defending champions Karnataka dismissed Kerala for 49 runs and registered a nine-wicket victory in their Group B match of the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament, in Bengaluru, on Thursday.
Electing to bat at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Kerala’s batting folded in 22 overs against some disciplined bowling.
Pace spearhead and captain R Vinay Kumar started Kerala’s demolition, bagging a couple of wickets, while left-arm bowler Sreenath Aravind also picked two.
Gopal then took over, rattling the middle and lower-order.
Opener Nikhilesh Surendran (11) and skipper Sachin Baby (12) were the only two batsmen to get into double figures in an innings that had four ducks.
Karnataka’s top-order then wasted little time in chasing down the score in 5.5 overs.
Mayank Agarwal (5) was out early, but Lokesh Rahul (19) and Karun Nair (24) made sure there were no hiccups in the chase.
After five matches, Karnataka have three victories and Kerala two.
Kerala 49 all out in 22 overs (Nikhilesh Surendran 11, Sachin Baby 12; Chreyas Goapl 5-19) vs Karnataka 51-1 in 5.5 overs (Lokesh Rahul 19 not out, Karun Nair 24 not out; Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan 1-27).
Swapnil Singh bags 5 wkts as Baroda rout Tripura
Swapnil Singh's five-wicket haul helped Baroda skittle out Tripura for a paltry 58 and win their Group C match in Delhi by six wickets.
Electing to bat at the Palam Air Force ground, Tripura’s batting fell like a deck of cards.
If left-arm Swapnil led the charge, then pace spearhead Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan turned on the heat to make a mockery of the Tripura line-up. Only skipper Manisankar Murasingh (10) could muster a double-figure score as the highest-scorer was the extras count (16).
Sharing the new ball with Irfan, Swapnil returned figures of 5-25, while the pace spearhead (2-8) and Yusuf (3-24) shared five wickets between themselves.
Chasing the low total, the Ambati Rayudu-led side also faced a scare after losing three quick wickets and being reduced for 13 for three, but the skipper ensured that they cantered home in 6.1 overs even after they lost another wicket in Deepak Hooda (11).
Pace spearhead Chiranjit Paul bagged three wickets, while Swapan one.
Rayudu (31 not out) and Hardik Pandya (5 not out) were at the crease when Baroda registered their fourth victory in six matches.
Tripura lost all their five outings.
Tripura 58 all out in 22.2 overs (Manisankar Murasingh 10; Swapnil Singh 5-25) vs Baroda 61-4 in 6.1 overs (Ambati Rayudu 31 not out; Chiranjit Paul 3-27).
Bhatia upstages Rahane as Rajasthan roar past Mumbai
Rajat Bhatia's unbeaten 94 eclipsed Ajinkya Rahane's strokeful 114 as Rajasthan scored a five-wicket victory over Mumbai in Hyderabad.
Bhatia's blistering innings off 71 balls helped Rajasthan chase down a 302-run target in 49 overs.
Rahane, playing his second match of the domestic competition, steered Mumbai to 301 for nine.
Besides Bhatia's brilliant effort, Ashok Menaria came up with a 80-ball 86 to contribute to the team's cause.
The other notable contributions came from Puneet Yadav (49) and Dishant Yagnik (40).
Following the defeat, Mumbai dropped to third in Group A with 12 points while Rajasthan are fourth with 12 points due to an inferior net run-rate.
Mumbai 301-9 in 50 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 114; Pankaj Singh 4-55) vs Rajasthan 305-5 in 49 overs (Rajat Bhatia 94 not out, Ashok Menaria 86; Abhishek Nayar 2-28).
Vidarbha thrash Andhra by 10 wickets
Pace spearhead Umesh Yadav and left-arm spinner Akshay Karnewar combined to demolish Andhra Pradesh as Vidarbha won their Group C league match by 10 wickets in Delhi.
Electing to field at the Palam B ground, Model Sports Complex, Vidarbha’s bowlers justified the think-tank's decision to pack off Andhra in 25.3 overs.
Sharing the new ball with Umesh, left-arm pacer Shrikant Wagh trapped opener Koripalli Sreekanth for nought to start the batting rot.
Umesh soon joined in the party with three scalps as Karnewar, who wiped off the tail in double quick time, emerged the destroyer-in-chief.
Skipper Prasanth Kumar top-scored with a valiant 38, but the rest of the batting was abysmal.
Chasing the paltry target, openers Jitesh Sharma (47 not out) and Faiz Fazal (44 not out) hit up the required runs in 19.2 overs.
Vidarbha are in a strong position to move into the quarter-finals, having registered four victories from five matches, while Andhra are on slippery ground with just two victories in five outings.
Andhra Pradesh 87 all in 25.3 overs (Prasanth Kumar 38, Kuppu Ganesh Kumar 17; Akshay Karnewar 4-13, Umesh Yadav 3-16) vs Vidarbha 91-0 in 19.2 overs (Jitesh Sharma 47 not out, Faiz Fazal 44 not out; Siva Kumar 0-13).
Tanmay Agarwal’s ton in vain as TN edge past Hyderabad
Tanmay Agarwal's belligerent hundred went in vain as hosts Hyderabad went down to Tamil Nadu by three wickets in a Group A match.
Put in to bat, the Hanuma Vihari-led home side rode on Agarwal's 96-ball 105 before being dismissed for 230 in 49.2 overs.
Laxmipathy Balaji bagged three wickets, while Rajagopal Satish, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and Vijay Shankar picked two each.
Chasing a respectable total, Tamil Nadu got to the target in 47.5 overs.
Baba Aparajith top-scored with 55 runs and Murali Vijay contributed with a fighting 44.
The Hyderabad bowlers kept it tight and struck at regular intervals, but in the end Baba Indrajith (4 not out) and Aswin Crist (4 not out) stood firm to get the winning runs.
Hyderabad 230 all out in 49.2 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 105, Danny Derek Prince 31; Laxmipathy Balaji 3-33) vs Tamil Nadu 233-7 in 47.5 overs (Baba Aparajith 55, Murali Vijay 44; Ravi Kiran 2-51).
Services beat Assam by six wickets
Diwesh Gurdev Pathania and Amit Pachhara shone with the ball and bat respectively before Rajat Paliwal's breezy half century as Services posted an easy six-wicket victory over Assam at the Railways Recreation Club ground in Secunderbad.
Electing to bat in the Group A match, Assam scored 261 for eight in the stipulated 50 overs, and then saw the opposition chase down the target of 262 with almost five overs to spare.
Amit top-scored for the winning team with an 88-ball 75, while opener Soumik Chatterjee made 73 off 91 balls.
Rajat Paliwal smashed a brisk 52 off only 37 deliveries as Services romped home. He struck six boundaries and a six.
In the bowling department, Pathania returned figures of 5-54 to restrict Assam.
For Assam, Amit Verma was the highest scorer with 78 off 99 balls.
Assam 261-8 (Amit Verma 78, Sibsankar Roy 45; Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 5-45) vs Services 262-5 in 45.2 overs (Amit Pachhara 75, Soumik Chatterjee 73, Rajat Paliwal 52).
Dhoni hits 37 as Jharkhand thrash Railways
India's limited-overs team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with a useful 30-ball 37 as Jharkhand thrashed Railways by 115 runs in their match in Alur, Karnataka.
Coming in at 122 for 3 in the 33rd over, Dhoni stitched a 38-run partnership with top-scorer Saurabh Tiwary (49 off 66 balls) for the fourth wicket to help Jharkhand, who batted first, reach 211 for five in a 45-over-a-side match at the KSCA ground.
Dhoni hit a four and two sixes in his knock.
Captain Kumar Deobrat was the other notable contributor for Jharkhand with a 53-ball 38.
For Railways, Avinash Yadav grabbed two wickets for 44 runs while Anureet Singh, Karn Sharma and Ashish Yadav got one each.
Jharkhand's bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Sonu Singh, then bundled Railways out for 96 in just 37 overs.
Sonu returned impressive figures of 4-15 while Shahbaz Nadeem and Ankit Dabas grabbed two wickets each.
Monu Kumar and Vikas Singh got a wicket each to complete the rout.
In Railways' tally of 96, 44 came from Arindam Ghosh, while the next best was 11.
Gujarat hand J&K fourth straight defeat
There was no end to Jammu and Kashmir's woes as they suffered their fourth defeat in a row, failing to chase a modest 188-run target against Gujarat, in Alur, Karnataka.
The J&K bowlers did a decent job as they bundled out Gujarat for just 187 in 49.2 overs after electing to bowl at the KSCA ground.
Medium paceman Omar Alam (3-31) and spinner Waseem Raza (3-38) shared six wickets between them.
For Gujarat, Ruzul Bhatt top-scored with a 66-run knock Axar Patel (27) and Rohit Dahiya (27) were the other notable contributors.
Rush Kalatai (20) was another batsman to manage a double-digit score.
J&K were off to a disastrous start as they lost four batsmen for just 20 runs on the board and adding to that opener Omar Alam did not come out to bat. Soon they were 32 for five.
Eventually they put up 151 runs and were all out in 47.2 overs.
Only skipper Parvez Rasool (65) and Sandeep Singh (44) offered some resistance against the Gujarat bowlers.
Hardik Patel scalped four batsmen and gave away just 28 runs in his 10 overs.
Gujarat 187 all out in 49.2 overs(R Bhatt 66, A Patel 27;O Alam 3-31) vs Jammu and Kashmir 151 all out in 47.2 overs (R Rasool 65, S Singh 44; H Patel 3-28).
Madhya Pradesh defeat Bengal by 5 wickets
With Rajat Patidar, Harpreet Singh and Anand Singh scoring blistering half centuries, Madhya Pradesh outplayed Bengal by five wickets in their Group D match in Rajkot.
Put in to bat, Bengal scored 262 but their bowlers failed to defend the total as Madhya Pradesh overcame the target in 46.5 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Khandheri stadium.
Bengal got off to a flying start with openers Abhimanyu Eswaran (45) and Sayan Shekhar Mondal (88) adding 108 runs for the first wicket in 21 overs.
After this, Jalaj Saxena struck twice, removing India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (18) and skipper Manoj Tiwary (3) in quick succession.
Pankaj Shaw's run-a-ball 28 with one four and a six helped Bengal reach 262.
Puneet Datey, Chandrakant Sakure and Saxena bagged two wickets each.
Madhya Pradesh had a bad start with opener Saxena (4) and one down Naman Ojha (1) falling cheaply.
Patidar, who opened the innings with Saxena, then shared 135 runs stand for the third wicket with Harpreet Singh as both notched their respective half centuries.
Patidar scored a blistering 63 off 78 deliveries, smashing seven fours and one six, while Harpreet chipped in with 71 off 72 balls, with nine fours.
Anand Singh remained unbeaten on 54 with Parth Shahani (31) as they guided MP to an impressive win.
While Ashok Dinda grabbed two wickets, India pacer Mohmmad Shami and spinner Pragyan Ojha bagged a wicket each.
Bengal 262 all out off 50 overs (Sayan Shekhar Mondal 88, Abhimanyu Eswaran 45, Puneet Datey 2-42, Chandrakant Shakure 2-56) vs Madhya Pradesh 263 for 5 off 46.5 overs (Harpreet Singh 71, Rajat Patidar 63, Anand Singh 54 not out, Ashok Dindia 2-35).
Image: Karnataka spinner Shreyas Gopal in Mumbai Indians colours during the IPL.