Lalit Yadav led the lower middle-order fightback with an unbeaten half-century before spinners joined the party as Delhi managed to upstage Punjab by five runs in a group B match of the Vijay Hazare trophy here on Monday.
Coming into bat at 115 for five, Yadav emerged as the top-scorer for Delhi with an unbeaten 53-ball 54 as he steered the team to a respectable 220 for 8 in their stipulated 50 overs.
Skipper Dhruv Shorey (46), Nitish Rana (39) and Himmat Singh (33) also contributed with the bat for Delhi.
Chasing the total, Anmolpreet Singh (73) kept Punjab in the hunt but they failed to weave partnerships and eventually managed 215 for nine.
Navdeep Saini rocked the top order, removing both the openers Abhishek Sharma (36) and Sanvir Singh (1) before the spin trioka of Pawan Negi (2/40), Nitish Rana (2/34) and Lalit Yadav (2/22) produced regular breakthroughs to derail Punjab's chase.
Manan Sharma (1/38) also scalped one wicket.
Earlier, Siddarth Kaul (5/48) produced a superb five-wicket haul as he removed both the openers - Shikhar Dhawan (10) and K Bidhuri (8) and then returned to dismiss three more lower-order batsmen.
M Markande (2/36) and Sandeep Sharma (1/50) also accounted for two and one wicket respectively.
In another match, Uttar Pradesh notched up a 109-run win over Vidarbha, riding on a superb ton by Priyam Garg (120) and a six-wicket haul by Saurabh Kumar (6/25).
Electing to bat, Uttar Pradesh posted 211 all out, built around a 158-ball century by Garg which was studded with nine boundaries and four sixes.
Shivam Mavi (20) was the only other batsman to get into double figures as the rest failed to provide any resistance.
Chasing the target, Vidarbha were completely bamboozled by left-arm spinner Saurabh with just three of their batsmen reaching double figures.
Meanwhile, Baroda eked out a two-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh in a low-scoring match.
Put into bat, HP were bundled out for a paltry 161 in 44 overs with Baroda bowlers -- Bhargav Bhatt (3/24) and Ninad Rathva (3/33) snapping three wickets each.
Baroda then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 165 for 8 in 34.5 overs, built around an unbeaten 85-ball 66 by Swapnil Singh.
Delhi 220 for 8 in 50 overs (Lalit Yadav 54; S Kaul 5/48) beat Punjab 215 for 9 in 50 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 73; Lalit Yadav 2/22) by five runs.
Uttar Pradesh 211 allout in 49 overs (PK Garg 120; AK Karnewar 3/38) beat Vidarbha 102 allout in 31.3 overs (DG Nalkande 26; Saurabh Kumar 6/25) by 109 runs.
Himachal Pradesh 161 allout in 44 overs (N Gangta 46; BA Bhatt 3/24) lose to Baroda 165 for 8 in 34.5 overs (Swapnil Singh 66; AS Bedi 3/43).
Bowlers, Jaiswal help Mumbai beat Kerala by 8 wickets
Mumbai dished out a clinical performance to maul Goa by eight wickets in their Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday.
Despite this win in the 50-over tournament, Mumbai's chances of making the play-offs appear bleak as they are at the sixth position in the Group.
After bundling Kerala out for a modest 199, courtesy three wickets each by pacers Dhawal Kulkarni (3/54) and Shardul Thakur (3/40), Mumbai comfortably chased the target with 11.4 overs to spare with young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal (122) slamming a century.
For Kerala, only captain Robin Uthappa (43) and tailender Nidheesh (40) could make some impact with the bat.
Mumbai bowlers did not allow the opposition batsmen to settle and took wickets at regular interval at the Just Cricket ground.
The chase was a walk in the park for Mumbai as their openers Jaiswal and Aditya Tare (67) put on 195 runs for the first wicket to guide the team to an easy victory.
Jaiswal hammered 14 fours and three sixes, while Tare hit five boundaries and a lone six as the duo took the game away from the opposition. Kerala got two wickets, but a win remained a mere formality which Mumbai completed in 38.2 overs.
In a separate match curtailed due to a wet outfield, Chhattisgarh defeated Hyderabad by 24 runs, while Saurashtra beat Goa by five wickets in another shortened encounter.
Brief scores: Kerala 199 all out (Robin Uthappa 43, Nidheesh 40; Shardul Thakur 3/40) lost to Mumbai 202 for 2 in (Yashavi Jaiswal 122, Aditya Tare 67; Vishnu Vinod 2-16) by 8 wickets. Mumbai: 4 points, Kerala 0 points.
Chhattisgarh 171 for 5 (Ashutosh Singh 66, Shashank Singh 31 not out; C V Milind 2-46) beat Hyderabad 147 in 19.5 overs (Tilak Verma 41, B Sandeep 39; Veer Pratap Singh 4-23) by 24 runs. Chhattisgarh 4 points, Hyderabad 0 points.
Goa 154 for 9 (Vaibhav Govekar 50, CM Gautam 46; Jaydev Unadkat 2-38) lost to Saurashtra 157 for 5 (Prerak Mankad 41 not out, Samarth Vyas 34; Lakshay Garg 2-39) by five wickets. Saurashtra 4 points, Goa 0 points.
Vinay Kumar, Sagar shine in Puducherry's nine-wicket win over Manipur
Veteran seamer R Vinay Kumar bagged a match-winning four-wicket haul as Puducherry thrashed Manipur by nine wickets to return to the top of the Plate Group table in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday.
Vinay Kumar (4/21) rattled the top-order in a triple burst to reduce Manipur to 19/4 in 7.1 overs but skipper Priyojit Singh provided some resistance with an unbeaten 44.
Singh, however, lacked support at the other end as they were bundled out for 109 in 30.1 overs with left-arm spinner Sagar Udeshi returning with three for 26.
In reply, opener Arun Karthik steered the team home, slamming an unbeaten 67 from 43 balls with six fours and four sixes as Puducherry sealed the issue in 16.1 overs.
The win took Puducherry to the top spot with 28 points from eight matches.
They will next face Assam in their concluding league match on October 17.
At Kasiga School Cricket Ground: Manipur 109; 30.1 overs (Vinay Kumar 4/21, Sagar Udeshi 3/26). Puducherry 115/1; 16.1 overs (Arun Karthik 67 not out). Puducherry won by nine wickets. Points: Puducherry 4, Manipur 0.
At Tanush Academy Ground: Meghalaya 100; 34.5 overs (Dwaraka Ravi Teja 51; Roshan Alam 4/25, Arup Das 3/15). Assam 104/4; 17.4 overs (Sibsankar Roy 69 not out; Abhay Negi 3/39). Assam won by six wickets. Points: Assam 4, Meghalaya 0.
At Abhimanyu Cricket Academy: Chandigarh 220; 49.4 overs (A K Kaushik 55, Bipul Sharma 49; Tahmeed Rahman 3/28, Imliwati Lemtur 3/52). Nagaland 222/9; 48.4 overs (Aosashi Longchar 76, Shrikant Mundhe 45; Shesth Nirmohi 5/37). Nagaland won by one wicket. Points: Nagaland 4, Chandigharh 0.
Priyank Panchal slams ton in Gujarat's win against J&K
Opener Priyank Panchal starred with an unbeaten 135 (122 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) as Gujarat thrashed Jammu & Kashmir by eight wickets to notch up its eighth successive win in Group 'C' of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday.
The Parthiv Patel-led side overhauled J&K's score of 279 for 8 in the 38th over with the diminutive 'keeper making 63 while Bhargav Merai remained not out on 70 (56 balls, 6 fours, 1 six).
Asked to bat by Gujarat, J&K rode on half-centuries by Abdul Samad (68, 53 balls, 7 sixes) and Shubham Khajuria (66, 64 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) and a knock of 49 by captain Parvez Rasool (49, 57 balls, 1 four, 1 six).
For Gujarat, Rush Kalaria (2/34), C T Gaja (2/46) and A Nagwaswalla (2/74) took two wickets each.
Chasing a big score for victory, Gujarat openers Parthiv Patel and Panchal started in right earnest, rattling 83 runs in 10.3 overs before the former fell to Umar Nazir for 63.
After Dhruv Raval (7) fell cheaply, Panchal and Merai stepped up the pace and toyed with the J&K attack as Gujarat romped to 282 for 2 in 37.3 overs.
Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, both with eight wins each, will clash on October 16 to decide the group topper.
Brief scores: Jammu & Kashmir 279 for 8 in 50 overs (Abdul Samad 68, Shubham Khajuria 66, Parvel Rasool 49, Rush Kalaria 2/34) lost to Gujarat 282 for 2 in 37.3 overs (Priyank Panchal 135 not out, Bhargav Merai 70 not out, Parthiv Patel 63). Gujarat: 4 points, J&K: 0.
Bihar 267 for 7 in 50 overs (SS Rathour 71, Babul Kumar 66, Rahmat Ullah 63, Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 3/63) lost to Services 269 for 5 in 48.4 overs (Ravi Chauhan 86, Rajat Paliwal 69 not out, Shivam S Kumar 2/42). Services: 4 points, Bihar: 0.
Bengal 223 all out in 49.1 overs (Shreevats Goswami 56, Abhishek Kumar Raman 42, Shahbaz 30) tied with Railways 223 all out in 50 overs (Pratham Singh 91, Mrunal Devdhar 47, Arindam Ghosh 25, Sayan Ghosh 3/61, Arnab Nandi 2/30). Bengal: 2 points, Railways: 2 points.
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