A round-up of the Elite Group A matches in round seven of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy
A round-up of the Elite Group A matches in round seven of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy

A round-up of the Elite Group A matches in round seven of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

At the KSCA Cricket Ground, Alur, Krunal Pandya, who had recently said that he harbours hopes of playing for India the 2019 ICC World Cup, presented a strong case for his cause taking six wickets for Baroda against Goa in Round 7 of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday.

With that, Baroda notched up their third win in five games to move up to third in the points tally. After being put in to bat, opener Kedar Devdhar (107) led from the front scoring his fifth List A hundred, before skipper Deepak Hooda added 71 off 84.

Veteran Yusuf Pathan’s 23-ball 59 including six sixes and three fours powered his team to 281 fo five. In reply, Goa found themselves tottering at 4 for 2, before opener Sumiran Amonkar (35) and outstation player Amit Verma (59) added 78 runs for the fourth wicket to steady Goa. However, Goa lost their last eight wickets for just 66 runs with Krunal picking six of them.

Goa were bowled out for 148 in 42.3 overs. This was Goa’s third loss in five matches.

Brief Scores: Baroda 281/5 (Kedar Devdhar 107, Deepak Hooda 71; Krishna Das 2/67) beat Goa 148 (Amit Verma 59; Krunal Pandya 6/41) by 133 runs

At the Alur Ground 2, Maharashtra pipped Mumbai to go top of the points tally with their fifth straight win in as many games beating Himachal Pradesh by 83 runs. One-day specialist opener Ruturaj Gaikwad compiled his third List A hundred, eventually getting 114 off 115. Wicket-keeper batsman Rohit Motwani added 53 while Naushad Shaikh scored 38 off 39 to help Maharastra to 278.

For Himachal, who were asked to bowl first, part-timer Prashant Chopra picked four for 20 while Kanwar Abhinay, Ayush Jamwal, Rishi Dhawan and Mayank Dagar picked one each. In reply, pacer Samar Fallah removed both the openers Priyanshu Khanduri (5) and Chopra (5) inside the first four overs. Ankush Bains (62) and Nikhil Gangta (76) then added 133 runs for the third wicket.

However, with Bains departing to Anupam Sanklecha, Himachal imploded and lost their last seven wickets for just 55 runs to slump to 195 all out. This was Himachal’s second loss of their Vijay Hazare campaign.

Brief Scores: Maharashtra 278 (Rituraj Gaikwad 114, Rohit Motwani 53; Prashant Chopra 4/20) beat Himachal Pradesh 195 (Nikhil Gangta 76, Ankush Bains 62; Samad Fallah 3/18) by 83 runs

In Bengaluru, Mumbai, without the big guns Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw or Ajinkya Rahane, managed to get the better of Punjab by 43 runs to claim the second spot in the points tally. After being put into bat, openers Jay Bista (68) and Akhil Herwadkar (32) put on 75 runs for the opening wicket, before before the middle order consolidated on the good start.

Siddhesh Lad added 35 while Suryakumar Yadav made 31, but failed to convert. From a healthy 176 for 4, Mumbai slumped to 215 for nine, before Shardul Thakur, back for his state after leaving Asia Cup midway owing to a groin injury, added 30 off 14 to push Mumbai’s total to 245.

In reply, Punjab started well with openers Anmolpreet Singh (35) and Shubman gill (40) adding 70 for the first wicket. Punjab looked on course with skipper Mandeep Singh (32) and Yuvraj Singh (26) combining for 47 for the third wicket but bowlers  kept Mumbai ahead with regular strikes. Mandeep’s departure led to Punjab’s downfall as they lost their last six wickets for just 56 runs to be bowled out for 202. This was Punjab’s second loss in five matches.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 245 (Jay Bista 68, Manpreet Gony 2/28) beat Punjab 202 (Shubman Gill 40; Dhawal Kulkarni 3/18) by 43 runs.