Unstoppable Ruturaj Gaikwad churned out a third century on the trot but the Maharashtra skipper's effort went in vain as they went down to Kerala by four wickets in their group D clash of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, on Saturday.
Continuing his blistering form, the Maharashtra opener slammed 124 from 129 balls to help Maharashtra recover from some early jitters when they lost two wickets for 22 inside six overs.
Gaikwad hit nine fours and three sixes and got out to debutant seamer Suresh Vishweshar in the 46th over while trying to step up the run-rate.
It cost them dear as Maharashtra managed just 42 runs in the final-five to notch a below-par 291/8 in the stipulated 50 overs.
On Gaikwad's day, it was Kerala seamer M D Nidheesh who stole the show with a stunning 5/49 including the vital breakthrough of the dangerous Rahul Tripahi, who fell one run shy of century.
The Maharashtra vice-captain took 108 for his 99 and looked elegant with slamming 11 fours as he along with his skipper put on an entertaining 195-run stand for the third wicket to rebuild their innings.
Nidheesh also dismissed the in-form Naushad Shaikh for five, while the debutant Suresh took the prized scalp of Gaikwad as Maharashtra failed to break free in the death overs to remain under the 300-mark.
In reply, Kerala had a jittery start to be reduced to 4/35 in 10.3 overs but Vishnu Vinod held composure and led the chase with a 82-ball unbeaten 100 (8x4, 2x6).
He got a fine support from Sjomon Joseph gave a fine company with 71 not out from 70 balls (2x4, 4x6). The duo put on an undefeated 174-run stand to steer the team home in 48.5 overs.
Gaikwad now has 414 runs to his name in three innings at an insane average of 207 to make his case even stronger for the upcoming South Africa ODI series.
Gaikwad, who opens for Chennai Super Kings, had a record-breaking run in the IPL, amassing 635 runs in CSK's run to the fourth title in the UAE.
Gaikwad was among the four players to be retained by CSK along with MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali.
Maharashtra 291/8; 50 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 124, Rahul Tripathi 99; MD Nidheesh 5/49, Basil Thampi 2/56) lost to Kerala 294/6; 48.5 overs (Vishnu Vinod 100 not out, Sijomon Joseph 71 not out, Jalaj Saxena 44, Sanju Samson 42) by four wickets.
Madhya Pradesh 330/7; 50 overs (Abhishek Bhandari 106, Venkatesh Iyer 71, Shubham Sharma 70; Ankit Manor 2/50, Akash Madhwal 2/58, Agrim Tiwari 2/78) beat Uttarakhand 253/9; 50 overs (Dikshanshu Negi 75, Jay Bista 53; Puneet Datey 3/35, Kumar Kartikeya 2/43, Venkatesh 2/58) by 77 runs.
Chhattisgarh 302/4; 50 overs (Harpreet Singh 113, Sanjeet Desai 106) beat Chandigarh 258; 48.2 overs (Manan Vohra 77, Arjit Pannu 54; Sourabh Majumdar 4/52, Sumit Ruikar 3/46) by 44 runs.
Tamil Nadu continued their winning run as they thrashed Bengal by 146 runs in a Elite Group B match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament on Saturday.
Sent into bat, Tamil Nadu piled up 295 for 8 in 50 overs, riding on half-centuries from the consistent B Indrajith (64), Dinesh Karthik (87) and J Kousik (50) and then bowled out the opponents for 149 in 39.1 overs for their third consecutive victory.
From 22 for 2 and 55 for 3 in the 18th over, the Tamil Nadu batters went on the overdrive with the experienced Karthik leading the charge, first in the company of Indrajith and then Kousik.
Indrajith and Karthik shared a 105-run stand for the fourth wicket before the veteran stumper-batter added 74 runs for the fifth wicket.
The last 13 overs yielded 135 runs as the Tamil Nadu batters went berserk, especially Kousik and M Shahrukh Khan (32 off 12).
In reply, Bengal was never in the hunt and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with medium-pacer R Silambarasan picking up four wickets including that of opener Shreevats Goswami (1).
Meanwhile, Karnataka humbled Mumbai by seven wickets as R Samarth scored a superb, unbeaten 96.
Mumbai's star batter Surya Kumar Yadav could not make much of an impression, falling for 8 to Pravin Dubey (4/29).
In another match, Bengal defeated Pondicherry by five wickets, making heavy weather of chasing a target of 83.
Tamil Nadu 295 for 8 in 50 overs (Dinesh Karthik 87, B Indrajith 64) beat Bengal 149 all out in 39.1 overs (Abhisek Das 30, R Silambarasan 4/28) by 146 runs.
Mumbai 208 for 9 in 50 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 61, Armaan Jaffer 43, Hardik Tamore 46, Pravin Dubey 4/29) lost to Karnataka 211 for 3 in 45.3 overs (R Samarth 96 not out, Rohan Kadam 44, Karun Nair 39 not out) by seven wickets.
Pondicherry 82 all out in 26.4 overs (Iqlas Naha 37, Dhruv Patel 3/4, L Meriwala 3/24) lost to Baroda 85 for 5 in 27.1 overs (Sagar P Udeshi 3/14) by five wickets.
Pulkit Narang dished out a fine all-round display as Services survived some anxious moments to get past Goa by one wicket in a low-scoring Group E match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy national one-dayers on Saturday.
Chasing a paltry 155, Services lost half their side inside 15 overs and kept on losing wickets but a steely Narang held his nerve batting at no 8 with an unbeaten 67 to steer his side home.
Narang, the Services off-spinner, who returned with an impressive 2/35 in his seven overs earlier in the day, held on to his end in his 93-ball knock, studded with three sixes and seven boundaries.
Goa medium pacer Felix Alemao grabbed a career-best 4/34 and almost sealed the issue for them after he trapped Services no 10 Raj Bahadur for five in 32.5 overs.
Services still needed a mammoth 58 runs with Narang having the company of last man Trivendra Kumar as the duo showed fine composure to seal their third successive win.
With the last pair in company, Narang cleverly rotated strikes, while Trivendra also showed dogged resistance, facing 12 deliveries for his 1 not out.
Earlier opting to field at the JSCA International Stadium here, Services bowled Goa out for a 154 in 40.1 overs with left-arm pacer Raj returning with an impressive 3/42 from 7.1 overs.
Diwesh Pathania, Rahul Singh and Narang claimed two wickets each.
Rajasthan also kept their winning run intact, defeating Railways by six wickets to make it three in a row and remain ahead of Services on net run-rate.
Shubham Sharma (3/39) and Aniket Chaudhary (3/49) claimed three wickets each, while left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed bowled a tidy 1/36 from his 10 overs to restrict Railways to a below-par 233/9.
In reply, Rajasthan cruised home in 45.1 overs riding on an unbeaten 109-run stand between Mahipal Lomror (85 not out) and Samarpit Joshi (53 not out).
Goa 154; 40.1 overs (Raj Bahadur 3/42, Rahul Singh 2/13, Diwesh Pathania 2/19, Pulkit Narang 2/35) lost to Services 155/9; 44 overs (Pulkit Narang 67 not out; Felix Alemao 4/34, Lakshay Garg 3/29) by one wicket.
Assam 125; 34.5 overs (Arshdeep Singh 4/30, Mayank Markande 3/27) lost to Punjab 130 for no loss; 15.2 overs (Prabhismaran Singh 73 not out, Abhishek Sharma 56 not out) by 10 wickets.
Railways 233/9; 50 overs (Shivam Chauhdary 63, Saurabh Singh 54; Aniket Choudhary 3/49) lost to Rajasthan 237/4; 45.1 overs (Mahipal Lomror 85 not out, Manender Singh 46) by six wickets.
Seamer Nafees Siddique made a dream List A debut grabbing 6/39 to power Meghalaya to a mammoth 111-run win over Manipur in their Plate Group match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy national one-dayers on Saturday.
Siddique bowled a fine new ball spell to rattle Manipur's top-order and reduce the opponent to 28/5 inside nine overs in their chase of 259 as their decision to field first backfired.
L Kishan Singha showed some resistance with a 123-ball 50 as only three batters got to double digits before Manipur were bundled out for 147 in 49.2 overs.
Earlier, Meghalaya rode on half-centuries from skipper Punit Bisht (85 from 71 balls; 11x4s) and Chirag Khurana (50 from 80 balls; 2x4s) to post a challenging 258 for 7 at the Jaipuria Vidyalaya ground here.
This was Meghalaya's third successive win but they remained second behind Tripura on net run-rate in the race to the knockouts from Plate Group.
At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Bishal Ghosh struck an unbeaten 127 to steer Tripura to an easy eight-wicket win over Sikkim for their third win on the trot.
Chasing 232, Tripura lost opener Samrat Singh in the third over but there was no further damage as Ghosh along with Samit Gohel laid a strong foundation with a 164-run match-winning stand.
Ghosh slammed 14 boundaries in his 137-ball 127-run not out knock to take Tripura home with 23 balls to spare. Ghosh got a fine ally in Gohel who made a fighting 103-ball 73 with five fours.
Earlier, Amit Ali was the wrecker-in-chief for Tripura with his 4/50, while Manisankar Murasingh claimed 2/52 as they restricted Sikkim to a modest 231/8.
Opener Liyan Khan was the top-scorer for Sikkim with a 148-ball 120 (13x4s, 1x6) but he lacked support from the other end with regular strikes from Tripura.
Sikkim 231/8; 50 overs (Liyan Khan 120; Amit Ali 4/50) lost to Tripura 232/2; 46.1 overs (Bishal Ghosh 127 not out, Samit Gohel 73) by eight wickets.
Meghalaya 258/7; 50 overs (Punit Bisht 85, Chirag Khurana 50; Thomas Moirangthem 2/44, Somorjit Salam 2/65) beat Manipur 147; 49.2 overs (L Kishan Singha 50; Nafees Siddique 6/39) by 111 runs.
Bihar 280/8; 50 overs (Mangal Mahrour 94, Bipin Saurabh 79; Shrikant Mundhe 2/61) beat Nagaland 142; 31.4 overs (Shrikant Mundhe 74; Sarfaraz Ashraf 3/18, Shashi Shekhar 2/9, Ashutosh Aman 2/14) by 138 runs.
Arunachal Pradesh 218/7; 50 overs (Techi Neri 86, Akhilesh Sahani 46; Parvez Ahmed 3/39) lost to Mizoram 221/5; 47.5 overs (Taruwar Kohli 94; Techi Neri 2/45) by five wickets.
Leg-spinner Abhishek Raut picked up a fifer, his career-best figures, to help Odisha beat Vidharbha by six wickets in a Group A match of the Vijay Hazare One-Day Nationals on Saturday.
Electing to field, Raut spun the web around opposition batters, registering figures of 5 for 36 to restrict Vidhrabha to a below-par 148. Skipper Subhranshu Senapati (71 not out) and Anurag Sarangi (52) then struck a fifty each to guide Odisha home in 42 overs with four wickets in hand.
Besides Raut, pacer Debabrata Pradhan picked up three wickets for 13 runs from his seven overs.
This was Odisha's third win on the trot after victories over Andhra (by 63 runs) and Gujarat (by 3 wickets).
In another Group A match in Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh defeated Gujarat by 97 runs to register their second consecutive win.
Sent into bat, Prasanth Chopra (73), Amit Kumar (72) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (57) hit fine half-centuries to help HP pile up a commanding 310 for nine.
Chintan Gaja picked up four wickets for Gujarat giving away 71 runs.
Chasing, Gujarat were never in the hunt as they lost half of their side for 50 runs.
Leg-apinner Piyush Chawla (65 off 61) and Bhargav Merai (50 off 70) scored fifties but it was not enough as Gujarat were bowled out for 213 in 42.2 overs.
Vinay Galetia (3/37) and Sumit Verma (3/23) shone with the ball for HP.
Vidharbha 148 all out in 42.4 overs (Akshay Wadkar 42; Abhishek Raut 5/36) lost by 6 wickets to Odisha 152 for 4 in 42 overs (Subhranshu Senapati 71 not out, Anrurag Sarangi 52; Atharva Taide 2/8).
Jammu and Kashmir 208 all out in 48.3 overs (Ram Dayal 116; Girinath Reddy 4/29) lost by 2 wickets to Andhra 209 for 8 inn 49 overs (Ricky Bhui 56; Auqib Nabi 3/25).
Himachal Pradesh 310 for 9 in 50 overs (Prashant Chopra 73, Amit Kumar 72, Rishi Dhawan 57; Chintan Gaja 4/71) bet Gujarat 213 all out in 42.2 overs (Piyush Chawla 65, Bhargav Merai 50; Sumeet Verma 3/23).
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