Vijay Hazare Trophy: Jharkhand, Bengal, Gujarat enter quarters, Vidarbha, Tamil Nadu top groups

Here is the roundup of all the action from the Vijay Hazare trophy:

Jharkhand enters quarters with luck and pluck

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Jharkhand entered the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a six-wicket thrashing of Jammu and Kashmir.

Their campaign in tatters after their 21-run loss to Hyderabad, Jharkhand not only needed a big win against Jammu and Kashmir but wanted Hyderabad to lose to Services.

Hyderabad had cleared Dhoni's hurdle at Eden Gardens in the afternoon by losing to Services after they were shot out for 88 in 28.5 overs.

MS Dhoni led Jharkhand into the quarter finals of the Vijay Hazare trophy. PTI

MS Dhoni led Jharkhand into the quarter finals of the Vijay Hazare trophy. PTI

At the Bengal Cricket Academy here, about 50 kilometres from Kolkata, Dhoni entertained his fans with an unbeaten 19 off 17 balls (2x4, 1x6) to take his team to a resounding victory.

Chasing 185, which was possible after Shahbaz Nadeem's (5/42) second five-wicket haul bowled out Jammu and Kashmir in 43 overs, Dhoni finished the game in his trademark style, with a huge six over fine leg.

He pulled Mehjoor Ali to seal the chase with 15 overs to spare as Jharkhand joined table toppers Karnataka in the quarterfinals from Group D. The knock-out round will be played in Delhi from March 13-18.

Dhoni did not have to bat in their facile win over Services here, leaving the crowd here disappointed. Therefore, the biggest cheer came on 156 for three when the former India captain walked into the middle.

The excitement shot up when Singh removed the Jharkhand topscorer Kumar Deobrat (78 from 94 balls; 5x4, 4x6) three balls later. But as anticipated, Dhoni dished out the finishing shot on a day he made some clever decisions with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (5/42) returning with his second five-wicket haul.

This was Deobrat's first game of the meet after being brought in place of Virat Singh, while Rathour made his List A debut in place of Anand Singh on a day Dhoni made three changes in the must-win match.

The third change was of seamer Monu Kumar who replaced Jaskaran Singh and conceded just 23 runs from his seven overs.

Having won the toss, Dhoni was quick to put Jammu and Kashmir in as they were 39/2 inside 12 overs with Varun Aaron and Rahul Shukla claiming a wicket each.

Jharkhand's wobbly fielding once again was a big setback for Dhoni as Ishan Jaggi dropped opener Owais Shah on zero as he was quick to remove him from the position.

The drop proved costly as the left-hander revived Jammu and Kashmir with his careerbest 59 in a 66-run partnership with skipper Parvez Rasool (45).

Shah was patient in his knock as he took 106 balls and hit five fours but introduction of spin in Nadeem and offspinner Kaushal Singh (2/31) dented their revival.

Nadeem gave the breakthrough after Rasool tried to sweep and play across the line to top-edge to Rahul Shukla at fine leg, before Shukla claimed two wickets in two overs to derail their opponents as the leftarm spinner now has 14 wickets from six matches.

The left-arm spinner dismissed Shah off his own bowling as Jammu and Kashmir lost eight wickets in 79 runs.

Summarised Scores

At Bengal Cricket Academy, Kalyani: Jammu and Kashmir 184; 43 overs (Owais Shah 59, Parvez Rasool 45; Shahbaz Nadeem) lost to Jharkhand 185/4; 35 overs (Kumar Deobrat 78, Shasheem Rathour 36, Saurabh Tiwary 30, MS Dhoni 19 not out) by six wickets.

At Eden Gardens: Hyderabad 88; 28.5 overs (Chama Milind 32; Diwesh Pathania 4//21, Sachidanand Pandey 3/22, Suraj Yadav 3/36) lost to Services 92/5; 20.2 overs (Gaurav Kochar 24; Mohammad Siraj 2/31) by five wickets.


Bengal, Gujarat in last-8; Shami goes wicketless in his return

Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat rode on Jasprit Bumrah's three-wicket haul and Parthiv Patel's 88 to make the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy after beating Bengal by seven wickets in a Group C match.

However, despite losing, Bengal topped the Group C table with 20 points and booked a berth in the last-eight stage of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ranji Trophy finalists Mumbai failed to make the cut, finishing third in the points table after Bengal and Gujarat from Group C.

Gujarat toppled Mumbai on the basis of higher net run-rate. Both Gujarat and Mumbai finished with 16 points each but the former advance to the knock-out round, winning by a huge margin over Bengal today and significantly improving their run-rate.

Put in to bat, Bengal were bundled out for a meagre 168 in 49.1 overs and then Gujarat reached the target in just 28 overs, losing just three wickets in the process.

Bengal batsmen simple failed to settle down, losing wickets at regular interval to be all out below 170-run mark.

Only three Bengal batsmen could put on 30-plus score.

Bumrah was the pick of the Gujarat bowlers with figures of 3 for 27, while Priyank Panchal (2/27) and Rujul Bhatt (2/26) chipped in with two wickets each.

In reply, skipper Parthiv led from the front, sharing 69-run stand for the first wicket with Panchal (20) and another 68-run third wicket partnership with Bhargav Merai (24 not out) to steer the team to 172 for three with as many as 132 balls to spare.

Parthiv's 88 came off 82 deliveries and was studded with 13 boundaries.

Mohammed Shami returned to action after nearly two-month injury lay-off but failed to take any wicket during his seven-over spell.

Brief scores:

Bengal: 168 all out in 49.1 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 37, Aamir Gani 37; Jasprit Bumrah 3/27).

Gujarat: 172 for three in 28.0 overs (Parthiv Patel 88, Bhargav Merai 24 not out).
Vidarbha beat Assam to top Group A of Vijay Hazare trophy

Top-order batsmen Jitesh Sharma (83) and Ganesh Satish (73) hit half-centuries as Vidarbha trounced Assam by 104 runs to finish on top of Group A points table at the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Sharma and Satish forged a 99-run partnership for the second wicket in 16.5 overs to help Vidarbha score 273 for 9. Siddhesh Wath and Apoorv Wankhade hit 35 and 32 respectively to boost their team even as as the lower order failed to contribute.

Vidarbha then returned to dismiss Assam for 169 in 41.1 overs, riding on off-spinner Abhishek Chaurasia's 6 for 37 at the Karnail Singh stadium.

Assam's chase was fuelled by Rishav Das's 96-ball 57 but none of the other batsmen could provide any support to the opener.

Other opener Pallavkumar Das went early and Pritam Debnath, Arun Karthik, and Amit Verma -- all found starts but failed to capitalise.

The second-best score for Assam was wicketkeeper Kunal Saikia's 34-ball 38.

In another match, Haryana notched up a 85-run win over Baroda at the Feroz Shah Kotla but it was not enough for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Opting to bat, Haryana rode on half-centuries from wicketkeeper-batsman Nitin Saini, Rahul Dagar, and Rahul Tewatia to score 266-5.

Dagar and Tewatia shared an unbroken 136-run stand for the sixth wicket to provide the late charge.

Haryana then dismissed Baroda for 181 with new-ball bowlers Sanjay Pahal and Ashish Hooda snapping three wickets each to spark the collapse.

Opener Kedar Devdhar slammed 81 off 113 balls studded with eight fours and a six but Baroda lost their last eight wickets for 72 runs after being well-placed at 109 for 2 in 19.4 overs.

In another match, Odisha beat Punjab by 69 runs, riding on skipper Govinda Poddar's third List A hundred at the Palam ground here.

Coming into bat at 5-1 in the sixth over, Poddar stayed till the 42nd over. His 119-ball 120 was studded with 12 fours and a six. He found support from allrounder Biplab Samantray (48 off 61 balls) as Odisha reached 240.

Left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh then returned with a career-best figure of 5 for 49.

Shubham Gill (41) and Anmolpreet Singh (58), who represented India in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year, were the top scorers, but their middle and lower-order failed to put up a fight to be eventually bowled out for 171 in 30 overs.


Tamil Nadu top group with huge win over Tripura

Tamil Nadu trounced Tripura by 262 runs to enter the quarterfinals as table toppers from Group A in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Tamil Nadu posted a formidable 337 for eight in 50 overs, courtesy Ganga Sridhar Raju (77) and Dinesh Karthik (81).

Tripura came a cropper in their reply, folding up for 75 in 18.2 overs pacer Aswin Crist picking up five wickets.

With the thumping win, Tamil Nadu topped the group with 20 points. The other team to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group B is Maharashtra, who too ended with 20 points but finished behind Tamil Nadu due to an inferior run rate.

In other Group B matches today, Delhi defeated Uttar Pradesh by 112 runs for their third straight win of the tournament. However, they were already out of the tournament after losing the first three matches.

Unmukt Chand, brought back into the Delhi team, proved his worth with a well made 78, his second straight half century that helped his side post 220.

Left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya starred with the ball, ripping through the UP batting to end with figures of five for 22 in eight overs.

Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 23:10 PM

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