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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19: Round 5 – Review

Just a day after Prithvi Shaw registered a mind-boggling hundred, another young gun Ishan Kishan chipped in with a scintillating performance.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Not the greatest of days in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as a staggering 7 games were abandoned due to rain in different parts of the country. One game in Nadiad, three in Delhi and as many in the state of Karnataka were at the receiving end of these rains, eventually leading to all these sides getting a point each.

Nevertheless, the few games that were played had some entertaining facets in them. Diwesh Pathania’s five-fer helped Services restrict Haryana to 257 runs in their first innings despite some good scores from Chaitanya Bishnoi and Pramod Chandila. Nakul Harpal Verma’s 95 helped Services chase the total down inside 48 overs and earned them four crucial points.

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2016/17 Ranji champions Gujarat managed to register another comprehensive win, defeating Tripura by 74 runs. In a low-scoring encounter, Rujul Bhatt’s 62 helped Gujarat post 212 runs in their 50 overs. In reply, Tripura were never in the game and could only manage 138 runs in their 50 overs.

Ishan Kishan steals the headlines

Just a day after Prithvi Shaw registered a mind-boggling hundred, another young gun Ishan Kishan chipped in with a scintillating performance. In Jharkhand’s group C game against Assam, the latter batted first and scored 221 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.

In reply, Kishan’s breathtaking innings saw Jharkhand make a mockery of their Assam bowling unit. He scored 139 runs off just 91 balls, an innings which included 12 fours and 9 mighty sixes. They chased the total down in just 31 overs.

Meghalaya registered one of the biggest wins of the tournament in their Plate game against Arunachal Pradesh. Puneet Bisht’s 135 propelled Meghalaya to 317 runs in 43 overs and in reply, they were bowled out for a paltry 61 runs. Abhay Negi registered the second best individual figures of the tournament by scalping 7 wickets and giving away just 16 runs.

Among the rain-marred games were two derby encounters. One was the Maharashtra derby between Mumbai and Vidarbha and the other was between Hyderabad and Andhra. Uttar Pradesh, who are off to a shaky start in the season, were desperate to pull off a good performance against Delhi, but their game too got washed away.

Here are the scores from the other fixtures.

Brief Scores

Jharkhand vs Assam, Elite Group C

Assam: 221/9 in 50 overs (Shahbaz Nadeem 3/47)

Jharkhand: 222/3 in 31 overs (Ishan Kishan 139, Anand Singh 58)

Haryana vs Services, Elite Group C

Haryana: 257/8 in 50 overs (Chaitanya Bishnoi 88*, Pramod Chandila 57; Diwesh Pathania 5/42)

Services: 260/5 in 47.3 overs (Nakul Harpal Verma 95, Gahlaut Rahul Singh 61)

Gujarat vs Tripura, Elite Group C

Gujarat: 212/5 in 50 overs (Rujul Bhatt 62; Harmeet Singh 3/28)

Tripura: 138/9 in 50 overs (Piyush Chawla 4/21)

Meghalaya vs Arunachal Pradesh, Plate

Meghalaya: 317/4 in 43 overs (Puneet Bisht 135, Yogesh Nagar 56)

Arunachal Pradesh: 61 all out in 26 overs (Abhay Negi 7/16)

Nagaland vs Uttarakhand, Plate

Nagaland: 206/9 in 50 overs (Abra Kazi 75; Deepak Dhapola 4/34)

Uttarakhand: 210/4 in 47 overs (Vaibhav Singh 63, Saurabh Rawat 60*)

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