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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19: Round 6 – Review

Ishan Kishan followed up his hundred with another half century.

Baba Indrajith
Baba Indrajith. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

Just three games were scheduled for Tuesday in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and as it turned out, all these three games provided some surprising results. Youngster Ishan Kishan is knocking hard on the doors of the selectors and he might be breaking the shackles very soon on his way to the Indian national side.

Jharkhand pipped a very strong Tamil Nadu on the latter’s home turf. Batting first, Jharkhand registered 307 runs losing eight wickets and once again, the star of the day was Ishan Kishan, who smacked a sensational 85 off 87 balls and senior player Saurabh Tiwary too scored a fifty.

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It was a nail-biting encounter and eventually, Jharkhand held their nerves and prevailed. Abhinav Mukund’s 63 and Baba Indrajith’s 101 seemed good enough to take them over the line, but an exceptional bowling effort from their opponents saw them getting bowled out for 299 runs.

Services thrash a much-stronger Bengal unit

It was a sensational result for Services as they annihilated a much-stronger team, Bengal in Chennai. Batting first, Bengal were bowled out for a paltry 129 runs in 38 overs. Arjun Sharma and Varun Choudhary chipped in with three wickets each to dismantle the Bengali batting lineup.

In reply, Services chased the total down pretty comfortably in 22 overs. Despite losing a couple of early wickets, Rahul Singh and skipper Rajat Paliwal took the side home with their half-centuries scoring with a good strike rate. It was an unexpected 8-wicket win for Services, but they will take it on any day.

Another game which sounded interesting on paper turned out to be slightly one-sided. Gujarat and Rajasthan have fairly competent sides on paper, but Gujarat proved to be too strong on the day. Chandrapal Singh saved the day for Rajasthan with his 82-run knock and helped the side get to 179 runs in 50 overs.

In reply, Gujarat chose to approach it in a cool and calm way. They chased the total down in 40 overs as Priyank Panchal and Kshitij Patel chipped in with crucial knocks. This win keeps Gujarat on level terms with Jharkhand at the top of Elite Group C, but the former is second due to Jharkhand’s superior net run rate.

Brief Scores

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand, Elite Group C

Jharkhand: 307/8 in 50 overs (Ishan Kishan 85, Saurabh Tiwary 54; Varun Chakravarthi 3/61)

Tamil Nadu: 299 all out in 49.5 overs (Baba Indrajith 101; Anukul Roy 3/55)

Services vs Bengal, Elite Group C

Bengal: 129 all out in 38 overs (Varun Choudhary 3/23, Arjun Sharma 3/30)

Services: 130/2 in 32 overs (Rahul Singh 53*, Rajat Paliwal 58*)

Gujarat vs Rajasthan, Elite Group C

Rajasthan: 179/9 in 50 overs (Chandrapal Singh 82*; Hardik Patel 5/22)

Gujarat: 180/2 in 40 overs (Priyank Panchal 84, Kshitij Patel 89*)

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