Vijay Hazare Trophy: Delhi lose to Himachal Pradesh despite Rishabh Pant's century; Kerala beat UP

Rishabh Pant once again showed his mastery in white ball cricket with a brilliant 93-ball-135 but couldn't help Delhi from losing a thriller to Himachal Pradesh by two runs with a serious possibility of losing out on quarter-final berth.

PTI, Feb,15 2018

Nadaun: Rishabh Pant once again showed his mastery in white ball cricket with a brilliant 93-ball-135 but couldn't help Delhi from losing a thriller to Himachal Pradesh by two runs with a serious possibility of losing out on quarter-final berth.

The hosts scored a competitive 304 for 5 in 50 overs with Prashant Chopra scoring 150 off 149 balls with 22 boundaries and two sixes. Delhi were all-out for 302 in 49.4 overs.

Representational image. Getty

Representational image. Getty

Delhi have finished their group league engagements with 16 points from six games but now are in danger of crashing out with three teams -- Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala are locked on 14 points.

With Maharashtra facing Kerala in the decider, one team will go on to 18 points and Delhi will pray that Bengal beat Himachal in the final game so that they can qualify as the second team.

Delhi in reply looked in sight of victory as Pant went all guns blazing during his career-best List A knock in which he hit 16 boundaries and five sixes. The century came in only 69 balls but needing 9 runs from the last over, Pradeep Sangwan and skipper Ishant Sharma were dismissed within a space of two deliveries.

When Pant was batting, the target looked like a cakewalk as he added 115 runs in only 15.4 overs with IPL specialist Nitish Rana (52).

However once Rana was out, the middle-order caved in with no one able to give beefy left-hander enough support.

He punished his former India U-19 teammate left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar (0/70) along with off-spinner Ayush Jamwal, who also got a lot of stick.

Right arm pacer B Vikas Galetiya was also hit out of the ground and it was Sangwan, who was responsible for Pant's run-out with Delhi needing only 16 runs from three overs.

Sangwan then himself got stuck and increased pressure on others as his indiscretion is all set to cost Delhi a place in the quarter-finals. Not to forget, getting Kshitij Sharma, the player who has been constantly under scanner for not being selected on merit being given a chance in the last game, which Delhi had also lost.

Summarised Scores (Group B)

Himachal Pradesh 304/5 (Prashant Chopra 150, Ishant Sharma 2/39) beat Delhi 302 in 49.4 overs (Rishabh Pant 135 in 93 balls, Rishi Dhawan 3/38) by 2 runs.

Tripura 222/7 in 42 overs (Mani Shankar Mura Singh 55, Satyajeet Bacchav 2/17) lost to Maharshtra 223/6 in 41.1 overs(Ruturaj Gaikwad 115, Ankit Bawne 51) by 4 wickets

Kerala 261/9 (Rohan Prem 66, KB Arun Karthick 54, Mohsin Khan 4/43) beat Uttar Pradesh 141 in 39.2 overs (Sandeep warrier 3/32, KC Akshay 3/32) by 120 runs.

Published Date: Feb 15, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 15, 2018




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