Mumbai flexed their all-round muscle to swat Rajasthan aside, while G Hanuma Vihari played a captain’s knock to help Andhra edge out Madhya Pradesh, in Group C action of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai on Sunday (February 26). In the day’s other game, Gujarat packed too many guns for Goa as they pulled off their first victory.
Akhil Herwadkar’s half century and Shreyas Iyer’s 32-ball 41 carried Mumbai to a comfortable five-wicket win over Rajasthan the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground in a match reduced to 38 overs a side. Rajasthan managed 181 for 9 from their complement, and Mumbai raced to 184 for 5 at the start of the 30th over.
Sent in to bat, Rajasthan had a nightmare start as they Divya Pratap Singh and Ashok Bhudania, their openers, to Shardul with just 14 on the board. Dishant Yagnik and Salman Khan tried to rebuild the innings, but fell to Abhishek Nayar and Iyer respectively, leaving Rajasthan to 118 for 5 in the 27th over. Later, Mahipal Lomror tried to steady the ship and went on to make 49 off 57 balls with one six and six fours. But Shivam Dubey claimed his wicket in the 30th over, and Rajasthan never found any momentum despite some late blows from Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Thakur was Mumbai’s most successful bowler for 3 for 47 from his eight overs.
Prithvi Shaw set Mumbai on their way with a 24-ball 21 before falling in the sixth over to Pankaj Singh. Useful hands from Herwadkar (50), Iyer (41),and Aditya Tare (36 not out) meant the chase was always on track. Herwadkar and Iyer provided the platform with a quick 67-run stand, and Tare applied the finishing touches in Suryakumar Yadav’s company.
Tajinder Singh finished with 3 for 45, Mumbai were always comfortably placed as they notched up their second straight victory.
It was Rajasthan’s second successive loss following their three-wicket defeat at the hands of Madhya Pradesh on the first day.
A stellar show by Parthiv Patel and Priyank Panchal, the openers, backed up by a five-wicket haul from Rujul Bhatt, the offspinner, powered Gujarat to a 78-run drubbing of Goa at the Guru Nanak College ground.
Batting first by choice, Gujarat posted 277 for 9, driven by Parthiv’s 73-ball 80 and Panchal’s 66-ball 57. Bhatt then finished with 5 for 38 as Goa’s chase ended at 199 in the 46th over.
Parthiv and Panchal got Gujarat off to a great start with through their 118-run opening stand, but the middle order wobbled with only Manprit Juneja (39) making any contribution. Jasprit Bumrah, coming in at No. 9, whacked three sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 42 from just 24 deliveries and added 55 with Juneja for the eighth wicket. Most of the bowlers took heavy punishment but Rituraj Singh claimed three wickets while conceding 61 runs in nine overs to return the best figures for Goa.
Goa lost Sumiran Amonkar (0), Swapnil Asnodkar (17) and Sagun Kamat (10), the skipper, with only 33 runs on the board. Amogh Desai (61 off 91) and Snehal Kauthankar (64 off 73) then offered hope through their 119-run stand for the fourth wicket when Bhatt got into the act, getting rid of Desai in the 34th over. Ishwar Chaudhary accounted for Kauthankar in the very next over, and from there it was all rapidly downhill for Goa as the last seven wickets fell for just 42 runs.
While Bhatt was the bowling hero, there was adequate support from the pace duo of Chaudhary (3 for 34), and Bumrah (2 for 34), as Goa registered their first win in two matches. Goa’s campaign, meanwhile, started on the wrong foot.
D Siva Kumar’s tidy spell of 3 for 17 in nine overs and the calm of G Hanuma Vihari in a tense chase saw Andhra edged ou Madhya Pradesh by two wickets in a low-scoring thriller at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Madhya Pradesh defended their modest 127 with tigerish zeal through Ishwar Pandey, but Vihari held firm with a crucial unbeaten 58 off 112 deliveries to take his team through to 131 for 8 in 37.5 overs.
Madhya Pradesh suffered an early jolt when wickets for Siva Kumar and Bhatt reduced them to 11 for 4 in the ninth over. Saransh Jain (56 off 92) batted with caution but the rest of his teammates plummeted without much of a fight.
Andhra lost the opening duo of Srikar Bharat (0) and DB Ravi Teja (1) cheaply and found themselves in deep trouble at 26 for 4. Fortunately, their skipper put his hand up. Vihari was involved in small but useful partnerships with DGJ Chaitanya (19), Siva Kumar (16) and D Swaroop Kumar (16) to help his side breast the tape.
Pandey was the pick of the bowlers for Madhya Pradesh, finishing with 3 for 31 in his 9.5 overs.