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Vijay Hazare: Rahul hits ton; Chhattisgarh stun Mumbai

September 28, 2019 23:40 IST

KL Rahul slammed a quickfire 131 off 122 balls to help Karnataka beat Kerala by 60 runs. A roundup of the matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day tournament, on Saturday.

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IMAGE: KL Rahul celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: PTI

Defending champions Mumbai were in for a shock as minnows Chhattisgarh outclassed them by five wickets in a high-scoring thriller in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.

Put into bat, Mumbai posted a descent 317/5 in their allotted 50 overs, but Chhattisgarh chased the target with one ball to spare and rode on a gritty 117 not out by middle-order batsman Amandeep Khare at the Alur Cricket Stadium.

 

Mumbai's experienced opener Aditya Tare, who slammed 90 off 107 balls, was the top-scorer.

After Jay Bista (24) was dismissed cheaply, Tare got support from young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal (44) as the two rebuilt the innings. Skipper Shreyas Iyer too chipped in with a 46-ball 50.

And when Iyer departed, Mumbai were comfortably poised at 238 for four in 45 overs.

But the ever-reliable Surya Kumar Yadav had some different plans as he hammered eight fours and six sixes in his quick fire 81 off 31 balls and took the Chhattisgarh bowlers to task.

It was due to Surya's blistering knock that Mumbai went past the 300-run mark.

Chhattisgarh did not have a good start with opener Shashank Chandrakar (5) falling early. Jiwanjyot Singh (44) and one-down Ashutosh Singh (35) tried to rally the innings.

But Jiwanjyot was trapped by spinner Shams Mulani as Chhattisgarh were 82-2 and then Ashutosh also fell when the score was 95.

However, Amandeep Khare showed his mettle and made a gritty 117 off just 94 balls, with eight fours and four sixes to his credit.

He first got support from Shashank Singh (40) and then shared an unbeaten 96-run stand with Ajay Mandal (39 not out) as the two took the side home.

For Mumbai, Shams Mulani (3-33) was successful, but others, including experienced pacer Dhawal Kulkarni (1-66), had a bad day in office.

At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka defeated Kerala by 60 runs, with K L Rahul slamming a hundred.

Rahul took the opposition bowlers to task as he slammed a quickfire 131 off 122 balls. He hit 10 fours and four sixes and was the top-scorer for his team.

Skipper Manish Pandey also chipped in with 50 off 51 balls, but then Kerala bowlers were successful in restricting them to 294.

However, Karnataka bowlers put a spirited show despite a fighting hundred by Kerala opener Vishnu Vinod (104) to bowl them out for 234 and register an easy win.

Meanwhile, in another Elite Group A match, Hyderabad defeated Saurashtra by 121 runs at the Alur Cricket Stadium 2.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 317/5 (Aditya Tare 90, Surya Kumar Yadav 81, Shreyas Iyer 50; Shashank Singh 2-54) lost to Chhattisgarh 318/5 (Amadeep Khare 117 not out, Jiwanjyot Singh 44, Shams Mulani 3-33) by 5 wickets.

Mumbai 0 points, Chhattisgarh 4 points.

Hyderabad 252/5 (Tanmay Agarwal 79, Tilak Verma 65; Jaydev Unadkat 2-46) beat Saurashtra 131 (Sheldon Jackson 39, Chirag Jani 23, B Sandeep 5-26) by 121 runs.

Hyderabad 4 points, Saurashtra 0 points.

Karnataka 294 all out (K L Rahul 131, Manish Pandey 50; Asif K M 3-59) beat Kerala 234 all out (Vishnu Vinod 104, Sanju Samson 67; Ronit More 3-42) by 60 runs.

Karnataka 4 points, Kerala 0 points.

Vijay Shankar hits 91 to guide TN to victory
 
All-rounder Vijay Shankar marked his return from injury with a superb knock of 91 from 88 balls to power Tamil Nadu to a seven-wicket win over Bihar in a Vijay Hazare Trophy Group C match in Jaipur on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu made 218 for 3 in 46.5 overs in reply to Bihar's 217 for 7 in 50 overs to notch up their third straight victory.

Shankar also bowled six overs to pick up 1 for 17 from six overs and then unfurled a series of superb shots to showcase his form.

Earlier, captain Babul Kumar made 110 (136 balls) as Bihar recovered from a poor start to make 217 after electing to bat.

Babul Kumar added 89 runs for the third wicket with Rahmat Ullah (38) and 93 runs with Keshav Kumar (35) for the fourth wicket.

Babul's fine knock, during which he looked in complete control, contained some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket. His dismissal saw Bihar lose way and end up with only 217.

Openers Abhinav Mukund and N Jagadeesan provided a solid start for Tamil Nadu, putting on 59 runs before the latter fell for 37 to Samar Quadri.

Jagadeesan fell ten runs later, to Sachin Kumar Singh for 24.

The dismissal of C Hari Nishaanth with the score at 75 brought B Aparajith (52 not out) and Vijay Shankar together.

While Shankar was in an aggressive mood and hit some beautiful shots, Aparajith was content to work the ball around and rotate strike.

Brief scores:

Bihar 217 for 7 in 50 overs (Babul Kumar 110, Rahmat Ullah 38, Keshav Kumar 35, M Mohammed 3/33) lost to Tamil Nadu 218 for 3 in 46.5 overs (Vijay Shankar 91
not out, B Aparajith 52 not out). TN: 4 points, Bihar: 0.

Gujarat 281 for 9 in 50 overs (Parthiv Patel 90, B H Merai 69, Ishwar Pandey 4/46, Gourav Yadav 3/46) beat Madhya Pradesh 246 all out in 50 overs (Rajat Patidar 71, A
Nagwaswalla 3/50). Gujarat: 4 points, MP: 0.

Services 276 for 6 in 50 overs (N H Verma 52, Ravi Chauhan 49, AA Nandi 2/33) lost Bengal 277 for 6 in 49.4 overs (Abhishek Raman 106, Wriddhiman Saha 43). Bengal: 4 points, Services: 0.

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