Mumbai prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal shines in win over Kerala
Mumbai dished out a clinical performance to maul Kerala by eight wickets in their Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 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.
Delhi beat Punjab by 5 runs; UP, Baroda too win
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 in Vadodara 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.