Roundup of the action in the Vijay Hazare trophy
All-round show by Yuvraj in Punjab's 3-wicket win
Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Manpreet Gony complemented Yuvraj Singh's all-round show, adding 80 runs in 7.5 overs to guide Punjab to a three-wicket victory over Railways in a group A league game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Batting first, Railways scored 246/9 in 50 overs while Punjab reached the target in 49.1 overs. Yuvraj was the star performer scoring 66 runs and taking 2/35 with the ball. Other veteran Harbhajan Singh had 1/50 in 10 overs.
Gurkeerat anchored the innings with an unbeaten 69 off 84 balls that included four boundaries while Gony clobbered the Railway bowlers hitting 46 off 24 balls with three sixes and two fours. The duo came together at 167 for seven and ensured the second win for Punjab in their fourth game.
If they can win the last two matches, Punjab will still have a chance to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Veteran Yuvraj Singh, who skipper the Baroda game smashed run-a-ball 66 including six fours and a six.
At Palam: Railways 246/9 (Arindam Ghosh 83, Yuvraj Singh 2/35) lost to Punjab 247/7 in 49.1 overs (Yuvraj Singh 66, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 69 no, Manpreet Singh Gony 48 no).
At Karnail Singh: Haryana 306/6 in 49 overs (Shubham Rohilla 118, Nitin Saini 54, Shivam Chauhan 47, Amit Verma 3/47) beat Assam 253/9 in 49 overs (KB Arun Karthick 60, J Syed Mohammed 30, Pritam Laru Das 65).
At Kotla: Odisha 281/7 in 50 overs (Gobinda Poddar 77, Abhishek Yadav 40, Swapnil Singh 3/58) lost to Baroda 284/5 (Aditya Waghmode 92, Deepak Hooda 78 no).
Maharashtra beat Tamil Nadu by 22 runs at Vijay Hazare
Ruturaj Gaikwad (82) and Naushad Shaikh (68) blasted twin fifties as Maharashtra defeated Tamil Nadu by 22 runs in their Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Electing to bat, Gaikwad slammed nine boundaries and two sixes in his 76-ball innings, while fifth-down batsman Shaikh hit three fours and as many sixes in his 66-ball stay to power Maharashtra to a challenging 270 allout in 48.5 overs.
Maharashtra then dished out a disciplined bowling performance with Shrikant Mundhe returning with a four-wicket haul and Nikit Dhumal and Shamshuzama Kazi snapping two wickets each as they dismissed Tamil Nadu for 248 with five balls to spare.
Skipper Baba Indrajith (49) was the top-scorer for Tamil Nadu, while opener Kaushik Gandhi (38), Ganga Sridhar Raju (37) and Baba Aparajith (26) -- all got starts but they couldn't capitalise.
In another match, Akshdeep Nath plundered a 117-ball 143 studded with 19 fours and three sixes to power Uttar Pradesh to a mammoth 387-5 after they were invited to bat by Kerela at the KIIT Stadium.
Chasing the enormous target, Kerela failed to put up a fight as they were bundled out for 142 in 32 overs as UP notched up a massive 245-run victory.
At Barabati Stadium, Himachal Pradesh skipper Ankush Bains' decision to bowl first backfired as Tripura posted 206 all out in 49.5 overs.
Pace duo of Abhijit Sarkar (6/31) and Ajoy Sarkar (4/37) then shot out Himachal Pradesh for 68 in just 15 overs to complete the 138-run drubbing.
At DRIEMS Ground, Maharashtra 270 allout in 48.5 overs (RD Gaikwad 82, NS Shaikh 68; M Mohammad 2/36) beat Tamil Nadu 248 allout in 49.1 overs (B Indrajith 49; SS Mundhe 4/43)
At KIIT Stadium, Uttar Pradesh 387 for five in 50 overs (AD Nath 143; V Vinod Kumar 2/83) beat Kerela 142 all out in 32 overs (Vishnu Vinod 32; P hawla 3/19)
At Barabati Stadium, Tripura 206 all out in 49. 5 overs (N Sen Chowdhury 51; P Jaiswal 4/32) beat Himachal Pradesh 68 allout in 15 overs (Sumeet Verma 31; AK Sarkar 6/31).
Gujarat post comfortable win over MP
Priyank Panchal hit a half-century as Gujarat posted a comfortable four-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh in a Group C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Having restricted Madhya Pradesh to 213 for nine, Gujarat achieved the target in just 43.1 overs, losing six wickets in the process.
Electing to bat, Madhya Pradesh batsmen struggled to keep their wickets intact with all five Gujarat's bowlers chipping in with contributions.
Even though most of the batsmen got starts, only Naman Ojha (30) and Shubham Sharma (40) could go past 30-run mark.
Lower down the order, knocks from Sohraab Dhaliwal (26), Ankit Sharma (24) and Puneet Datey (29 not out) helped the team recover from 107 for five at one stage to reach a respectable total.
Chasing a modest target, Priyank and Bhargav Merai put on a solid 74-run stand together for the third wicket to put Gujarat in a strong position.
While Priyank's 53 came off 78 deliveries and was studded with five fours, Merai scored a 53-ball 45 with the help of four boundaries.
Although both Merai and Priyank fell within a few overs of each other, Rujul Bhatt (29 not out) and Rohit Dahiya (27 not out) shared an unbeaten 45-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Gujarat to 214 for six with 41 balls to spare.
Madhya Pradesh: 213 for 9 in 50 overs (Shubham Sharma 40; Rohit Dahiya 2/32).
Gujarat: 214 for 6 in 43.1 overs (Priyank Panchal 53, Bhargav Merai 45).
Summarised scores for other Group C matches:
1) Andhra beat Goa by 3 runs
Andhra: 228 for 9 in 50 overs (AG Pradeep 115 not out; Felix Alemao 3/42)
Goa: 225 all out in 50 overs (Snehal Kauthankar 83; Bhargav Bhatt 3/36).
2) Bengal beat Rajasthan by 2 wickets
Rajasthan: 274 for 9 in 50 overs (Dishant Yagnik 100, Kanishk Seth 4/59).
Bengal: 275 for 8 in 49 overs (Sudip Chatterjee 85, AR Easwaran 79; Rahul Chahar 3/33).