Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19: Round 8 - Review

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19: Round 8 – Review

Veterans Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir chipped in with mind-boggling knocks, which certainly were the best takeaways from Friday's action.

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan. (Photo Source: CricTracker)

It was a wholesome show of cricket in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as a total of 12 games were played and almost all of them turned out to be pretty interesting. A couple of surprising results were backed up by two incredible knocks by two veterans, which made it quite a memorable day in the domestic circuit.

Rajasthan locked horns against Tripura, a game where the former Ranji champions were clearly the favourites. But Tripura had other ideas, who registered a fighting 242 run total batting first. Whilst Bravish Shetty’s hundred helped them get to that mark, Rajib Saha was the star with the ball, whose spell ensured Rajasthan got bowled out for 194 runs, handing them a 48-run win.

Gujarat, on the other hand, lost their Group C game to Services. After posting 219 runs batting first, the Gujarat bowlers failed miserably. Ravi Chauhan’s 106 and Rahul Singh’s brilliant half-century helped them get over the target in just 38 overs, losing only 1 wicket.

Mumbai and Delhi register big wins

The game between Mumbai and Delhi was reduced to a 49-overs per side affair after rain interrupted. Mumbai got bowled out for 245 runs batting first with Jay Gokul Bista top scoring for the side (68 off 75 balls). Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni’s experience was way too difficult for the Punjab batsmen to handle and they were bowled out for 202 runs, handing Mumbai a crucial 43 run win.

Delhi romped their way past Kerala in a pretty one-sided encounter. Gautam Gambhir was the star of the day across the tournament, who scored his first hundred of the season and converted it into a 150. Dhruv Shorey fell one run short of a well-deserved hundred for Delhi. Chasing a humongous 392 run target, they could only score 227 runs, handing Delhi a 165-run win.

Odisha and Madhya Pradesh played an absolute thriller, where the latter fell short by just one run. Madhya Pradesh registered 277 runs batting first, where Yash Dubey registered a timely 75. Chasing this above par total, Odisha came pretty close, only to fall short by a whisker. Abhishek Raut’s exploits towards the end got them close, but MP bowlers held their nerves and secured a win for their side.

Another veteran who came up with a stellar show was Yusuf Pathan, who smashed a 23-ball 59. Kedar Devdhar’s hundred and Deepak Hooda’s 71 were other notable efforts which took Baroda to 281 in their 50 overs. In reply, Krunal Pandya’s 6-fer saw Goa getting bowled out for 148 runs and handed a 143-run win for Baroda.

Brief Scores

Mumbai vs Punjab, Elite Group A

Mumbai: 245 all out in 49 overs (Jay Gokul Bista 68)

Punjab: 202 all out in 44.3 overs (Dhawal Kulkarni 3/18, Shardul Thakur 3/53)

Himachal Pradesh vs Maharashtra, Elite Group A

Maharashtra: 278 all out in 49.5 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 114; Prashant Chopra 4/20)

Himachal Pradesh: 195 all out in 44.2 overs (Nikhil Gangta 76; Samad Fallah 3/18)

Goa vs Baroda, Elite Group A

Baroda: 281/5 in 50 overs (Kedar Devdhar 107, Deepak Hooda 71, Yusuf Pathan 59*)

Goa: 148 all out in 42.3 overs (Krunal Pandya 6/41)

Madhya Pradesh vs Odisha, Elite Group B

Madhya Pradesh: 277 all out in 49.3 overs (Yash Dubey 75; Deepak Behera 3/38)

Odisha: 276/8 in 50 overs (Anurag Sarangi 78, Abhishek Raut 55*; Rameez Khan 4/49)

Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh, Elite Group B

Uttar Pradesh: 130 all out in 39.1 overs (Mehdi Hasan 5/20)

Hyderabad: 134/1 in 35.1 overs (Akshat Reddy 64, Tanmay Agarwal 62*)

Delhi vs Kerala, Elite Group B

Delhi: 392/3 in 50 overs (Gautam Gambhir 151, Dhruv Shorey 99*)

Kerala: 227/8 in 50 overs (Sachin Baby 47; Pawan Negi 3/42)

Assam vs Bengal, Elite Group C

Assam: 150 all out in 35.5 overs (Pradipta Pramanik 4/27)

Bengal: 151/5 in 25.4 overs (Vivek Singh 51)

Services vs Gujarat, Elite Group C

Gujarat: 219/7 in 50 overs (Rujul Bhatt 56; Diwesh Pathania 3/36)

Services: 220/1 in 38.1 overs (Ravi Chauhan 106*, Rahul Singh 55*)

Tripura vs Rajasthan, Elite Group C

Tripura: 242/7 in 50 overs (Bravish Shetty 107, Bishal Ghosh 76)

Rajasthan: 194 all out in 45.1 overs (Rajib Saha 3/50)

Nagaland vs Puducherry, Plate

Nagaland: 202 all out in 45.3 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 89; Abhishek Nayar 4/40)

Puducherry: 203/8 in 45.1 overs (Paras Dogra 98*)

Manipur vs Mizoram, Plate

Manipur: 279/4 in 50 overs (Yashpal Singh 102, Chingangbam Singh 75)

Mizoram: 69 all out in 29.3 overs (Rex Singh 5/17)

Bihar vs Arunachal Pradesh, Plate

Arunachal Pradesh: 145 all out in 45.3 overs (Keshav Kumar 5/23)

Bihar: 150/5 in 26 overs (Babul Kumar 57; Myendung Singpho 3/50)

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