Vijay Hazare Trophy, Round-up, Feb 28
In low-scoring games on Thursday, Bengal and Assam registered comfortable wins over Karnataka and Mumbai respectively in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Vizag. Here is the round-up for the day:
Bengal vs Karnataka: Bengal routed Karnataka in the third quarter-final of the ongoing domestic one-day tournament at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium to book a place in the semi-final.
Asked to bat first, Karnataka succumbed for 127 in just 32.1 overs. Shami Ahmed got the ball rolling with the wicket of Lokesh Rahul, while Veer Pratap Singh picked the key wickets of Ganesh Satish, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey. Laxmi Ratan Shukla chipped in with two and Iresh Saxena and S Sanyal took one scalp each to help skittle out Karnataka. The Bengal openers then chased down the target in 28.3 overs. Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 52 with Shreevats Goswami on 70 as they coasted to 10-wicket victory.
Assam vs Mumbai: Assam ended Mumbai’s campaign for the domestic one-day trophy with a 27-run win over the West Zone team. After Wasim Jaffer opted to bowl first, Aavishkar Salvi claimed three early wickets to get Mumbai off to a good start. Assam were floundering on 55 for four when Gokul Sharma joined Sibsankar Roy in the middle to revive the innings. The duo added 92 runs during a crucial partnership for the fifth wicket until Rajesh Verma ended it with the wicket of Sharma and triggered a lower-order collapse; Assam only managed 178 runs.
However, while chasing the 179-run target, Mumbai lost three top-order batsmen with just six runs on the board. But Shoaib Shaikh held up one end to take the team past the three-figure mark. However, with the departure of the No.3 batter for 42, and the team still 77 runs short of the target, Mumbai faced an uphill task. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 142 with 19 balls remaining in the innings. Abu Nechim Ahmed claimed three wickets, while PN Das claimed two and A K Das, Sharma and Tajinder Balbir Singh picked a wicket apiece to help take Assam to victory.