Roundup: Inter-state One-day League, Day 4
Centurion Ricky Bhui stars in Andhra win
The fourth day of the Inter-State One-Day League, saw young Ricky Bhui post a century against Goa, while Robin Uthappa and Rohan Prem also scored hundreds for their teams in the Karnataka vs Kerala game. Here is the roundup for the day:
Andhra vs Goa: Chasing 269, Ricky Bhui (103*) powered Andhra to a four-wicket win in Bangalore. Earlier, asked to bat first, Goa lost both openers early and were left on 34 for two. But then, their middle order salvaged the innings and took the team to 268 for six in their allotted 50 overs. Sagun Kamat made 65, while Harshad Gadekar scored 61 to post a defendable total on the board for Goa. Even the rest of the middle order made valuable contributions. Later, opener P K Darabengimen anchored the Andhra innings with a 90. And although they lost three top-order batsmen without sizeable contributions, the unbeaten century by Ricky Bhui took the team across the line with eight balls to spare.
Hyderabad vs Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu beat Hyderabad by 125 runs. Asked to bat first, Murali Vijay and Baba Aparajith helped TN to 272 for four in the 45-overs-a-side match in Bangalore. Both top-order batsmen scored 87 runs each. The L Balaji-led attack then bundled the opposition out for just 155. Balaji and Rahil Shah claimed three wickets apiece to bowl help bowl the opposition out in 35.5 overs.
Karnataka vs Kerala: Propelled by Robin Uthappa’s 104, Karnataka posted 317 for five after being asked to bat first by Kerala. Vinay Kumar then picked a fiver to bowl the opposition out for 213 and take the team to a thumping 104-run win. Kerala’s top-order bat, Rohan Prem’s, 103 went in vain as the rest of the line-up succumbed to the Karnataka attack.
Saurashtra vs Mumbai: With a five-wicket win over Saurashtra, Mumbai posted their first win of the tournament. Chasing 245, Mumbai lost opener S Shaikh with just three runs on the board. But Sushant Marathe (88) and Iqbal Abdullah (55) - coming in at No.3 - helped the team to 117 for two. From there on, the rest of the line-up contributed useful runs to help scale the target. Skipped Surya Kumar Yadav (29*) and S Khan took the team across the line with nine balls to spare.
Earlier, after electing to bat first in their backyard, Saurashtra posted 244 for seven. Arpit Vasavda remained unbeaten on 99. While the middle-order bat missed out on a well-deserved half-century, Sheldon Jackson scored 53 and opener Bhushan Chauhan made 46. Mumbai used as many as nine bowlers as they strove to claim wickets and restrict Saurashtra. Dhawal Kulkarni, who came back into the side ahead of the tournament after an injury, left the home team reeling on 20 for two and finished with three in the bag.
Baroda vs Gujarat: After setting Baroda a 240-run target, Gujarat bowled them out for 166 to post a 73-run win. Earlier, after Gujarat elected to bat, Irfan Pathan removed their captain Parthiv Patel off the first ball of the innings. They were soon left struggling on 44 for four by Munaf Patel and the Pathan brothers. However, Rajul Bhatt scored a determined 86, and with useful contributions from lower down the order, he helped the team to a sizeable total. Lower middle-order bat Jesal Karia made 53. Jasprit Bumrah then wrecked the Baroda top order. Although Irfan made a valiant 79, wickets fell around him like a pack of cards. Bumrah finished with three in the bag, while Karia took two and the rest of the attack accounted for one wicket each.
MPCA vs Railways: The Anureet Singh-led attack bowled Railways to an eight-run win against MPCA in the central zone clash. Inserted to bat, Railways scored 256 for six. Captain Mahesh Rawat made 67, while Ashish Yadav scored 42. MP’s Yogesh Rawat claimed three of the six wickets that fell, while two were run outs. Chasing the competitive total, MP opener Naman Ojha made 94, while MD Mishra and Rameez Khan contributed 47 and 40 respectively. But the rest of the line-up caved in without much resistance as MP struggled to attain the target. MP were 248 for nine when they ran out of overs to overcome the target.
Rajasthan vs UPCA: UP coasted to a five-wicket win after their bowlers skittled Rajasthan out for 171. Earlier, after Suresh Raina opted to bowl first, Imitiaz Ahmed got the ball rolling by sending back Vineet Saxena for naught. The UP bowlers ran through the Rajasthan line-up in 48.3 overs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Imitiaz Ahmed and Piyush Chawla claimed three wickets each, while A Murtaza picked two. Amit Mishra and A Nath picked a wicket apiece. Then, although Pankaj Singh returned the favour by sending back E R Dwivedi for zero, and followed up with the wicket of T M Srivastava for 10, Mohd. Kaif held the UP innings together with a 59. Raina made 45, while Nath scored 39 not-out to attain the target.
Roundup: Inter-state One-day League, Day 3
Yuvraj Singh stars in Punjab win
The third day of the ongoing Inter-State One-Day League witnessed three of the five matches scheduled for the day being abandoned. Yuvraj Singh and S Kaul starred in Punjab’s victory, while Services pulled off a nail-biting win against J&K. Here is the roundup for the day:
Assam vs Odisha: This game ended without a result. Asked to bat first, Assam scored 128 for six in 16.5 overs, after which the match in Agartala was abandoned.
Jharkhand vs Tripura: Match abandoned without a ball being bowled.
DDCA vs Punjab: With an unbeaten 96 off 95 balls, Yuvraj Singh took Punjab to a six-wicket win over Delhi. He was ably supported by Gurkeerat Singh, who remained unbeaten on 53 at the other end. Earlier, inserted to bat, Delhi were bowled out for 228 in 49.1 overs. While Mithun Manhas scored a valiant 98, the rest of the batsmen failed to come to the party as S Kaul ran through the Delhi line-up. Kaul took four wickets, while Harbhajan Singh and Taruvar Kohli picked two each and Sandeep Sharma chipped in with one wicket. Punjab then chased down the target with three overs to spare.
J&K vs Services: In a match reduced to 32 overs per side, Services restricted J&K to 169 and pulled off a thrilling two-run win in Delhi. Asked to bat first, Services posted 171 for eight. Rajat Paliwal's 54 helped the team set J&K a modest target despite a lower-order collapse. Apart from Sumit Singh and A S Sakuja claiming one wicket each, A R Sinha (four wickets) and SC Yadav (three wickets) helped hold J&K to 169 for nine in 32 overs and led Services to a win.
Himachal vs Haryana: Match abandoned without a ball being bowled.