Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017-18, Quarter Final, Day 1- Round Up

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017-18, Quarter Final, Day 1- Round Up

The two crackerjack encounters led populous to witness sheer class and dominance from one end in form of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal celebrates his century. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing sixteenth edition of the premier 50 over tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy has entered the knockouts and the bandwagon rolls to the national capital as the remaining matches are scheduled to take place in New Delhi. The two crackerjack encounters led populous to witness sheer class and dominance from one end in form of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Mumbai Team’s hopes of winning the coveted title in the stint came to stand still after the superlative display in all three aspects from Rahul Tripathi and his troops. Batting first in a knockout encounter is the most important task which the top-order needs to perform. However, the wickets kept tumbling for Mumbaikars as they lost their top-order for mere 94 runs on the board. The middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav continued his stupendous form to help his side reach a respectable total of 222 runs.

In reply, almost every other batsman from Maharashtra showed intent as they played match-winning cameos to not only help their side play semi-final but also to outclass Mumbai and win the match comprehensively. Skipper Rahul Tripathi got out for one short of a well-deserved half-century, whereas Naushad Shaikh remained not-out for 51 runs.

In the second and the first game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Karun Nair led Karnataka were on top which eventually helped them to win meticulously. They batted first in the day game and were well able to put the handsome run on the board. Opener Mayank Agarwal continued his dazzling stint to become the highest run scorer in the ongoing series. Further, Karnataka posted 347 runs on the board banking on the ton from Mayank and Ravikumar Samarth’s bat.

In reply, Hyderabad Team were looking rock-solid to chase the mammoth total when Rayudu and Sandeep were batting but after Rayudu’s dismissal, the innings fell apart. Shreyas Gopal picked up a five-wicket haul in under 7 overs and was the star of the show. Further, Karnataka still stands a chance to have their hands on the trophy after having failed to do so in the Ranji Trophy, followed by the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Brief Scores

Mumbai v Maharashtra

Mumbai: 222/9 in 50 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 69; P C Dadhe 3/57)

Maharashtra: 224/3 in 46.5 overs (S Mundhe 70; Shivam Malhotra 1/29)

Hyderabad v Karnataka

Karnataka: 347/8 in 50 overs (Mayank Agarwal 140; M Siraj 5/59)

Hyderabad: 244/10 in 42.5 (Rayudu 64; Shreyas Gopal 5/31)