MS Dhoni has not scored as many as he would have liked in the Vijay Hazare Trophy so far © AFP
MS Dhoni has not scored as many as he would have liked in the Vijay Hazare Trophy so far © AFP

Bengaluru: India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni’s indifferent form in domestic cricket continued but his team Jharkhand rode on Saurabh Tiwary’s 87 to beat Kerala by five wickets in a Group B Vijay Hazare match on Sunday. After Jharkhand captain Varun Aaron chose to field, his bowling unit restricted Kerala to 236 for eight in 50 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Leading the side, Sachin Baby top-scored for Kerala with a sedate 61 off 96 balls, while opener V A Jagadeesh contributed 60 off 98 deliveries. Chasing a modest total, Jharkhand was helped by Tiwary’s 94-ball knock, which was studded with seven boundaries and a six. Full updates: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Kerala vs Jharkhand, Group B match at Bengaluru

Dhoni was dismissed for 18 by off-spinner Fabid Ahmed, who had the batsman caught off his own bowling. Dhoni took 31 balls to score those runs and found the fence just once. Kaushal Singh made a brisk 48 off 43 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six before Tiwary and Ankit Dabas guided the team past the Kerala total with three overs to spare.

Rahul Shukla was the most successful bowler for Jharkhand, returning figures of 3 for 47, while Aaron gave away 52 runs in his quota of 10 overs for one wicket. It was yet another good team performance from Jharkhand and they deserved to win the match. Jharkhand now have 8 points from their three matches and suffered their only loss in the second game of the tournament. Dhoni will look to get back into good touch ahead of the Australia tour, where he will lead Team India.

Brief Scores:

Kerala: 236 for 8 in 50 Overs (Va Jagadeeshan 61, Sachin Baby 60; Rahul Shukla 3 for 47, Shahbaz Nadeem 1 for 28) lost to Jharkhand: 240 for 5 (Saurabh Tiwary 87*, Kaushal Singh 48; Nizar Niyas 1 for 29, Padnabhan Prashanth 1 for 29) by 5 wickets.