Playing in just his seventh List A match, young Manender Singh notched up his second century to power Rajasthan to a 56-run win over Assam in an Elite Group C match in Round 10 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. Manender’s 126-ball 101 came in right time for Rajasthan, who were put into bat and lost both openers with just 50 on the board in the 16th over.
The 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman received good support from Mahipal Lomror (54), the second-highest run-scorer for Rajasthan, and the duo saw their side to 217/7 in 50 overs. For Assam, 17-year-old legspinner Jitumoni Kalita took 2/48 in his 10 overs.
In reply, Assam were bowled out for 161 in 38.4 overs with left-arm fast bowler Tanveer Ul-Haq the pick of the bowlers with 3/27 in seven overs.
Brief scores:Rajasthan 217/7 (Manender Singh 101, Mahipal Lomror 54) beat Assam 161 all out in 38.4 overs (Amit Sinha 52; Tanveer Ul-Haq 3/27) by 56 runs
At the Sri Ramachandra Medical College, a clinical 98-ball 123 by Nakul Sharma helped Services beat Jammu and Kashmir by 102 runs. Put into bat, Services found themselves in a spot of bother at 55/3 in the 14th over. Along with skipper Rajat Paliwal (63), Sharma stitched a 150-run partnership for the fourth wicket to steer te total towards an eventual 322 in 49 overs.
J&K skipper Parvez Rasool’s 5/62 proved to be insufficient on the day as his team was bundled out for 220 in 42.2 overs. Paras Sharma’s 93 was the only positive as far as the batting was concerned. For Services, AP Sharma picked up 4/43, while Nitin Tanwar claimed three wickets in his seven overs.
Brief scores:Services 322 all out in 49 overs (Nakul Sharma 123, Rajat Paliwal 63; Parvez Rasool 5/62) beat Jammu and Kashmir 220 all out in 42.2 overs (Paras Sharma 93; AP Sharma 4/43) by 102 runs
Elsewhere in Chennai, Jharkhand registered a narrow two-run win via the VJD Method over Bengal when they were nine wickets down.
Despite Abhimanyu Easwaran’s 149, Bengal were left to rue a batting collapse from 176/3 with skipper Manoj Tiwary’s dismissal for 69 in the 35th over to 267/8 in 50 overs. Pulling Bengal back were Varun Aaron (3/48) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2/60).
In reply, the Jharkhand openers Ishan Kishan and Anand Singh conjured a 119-run stand before the skipper departed for a 54-ball 56. Kishan’s wicket triggered a flurry of wickets, with Jharkhand crashing from 158/2 to 218/7. Anand Singh’s 118 dragged the score to 244/8 after which the final pair of Aaron and Rahul Shukla held out for the slimmest of wins thanks to the VJD Method when rain arrived. For Bengal, Writtick Chatterjee claimed three wickets.
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