MS Dhoni hit two sixes and a four during his innings of 37 off 30 balls © PTI
MS Dhoni hit two sixes and a four during his innings of 37 off 30 balls © PTI (File Photo)

Alur (Karnataka): India‘s limited overs captain MS Dhoni chipped in with a useful 30-ball 37 as Jharkhand thrashed Railways by 115 runs in their Vizay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 One-Day match at Alur on Thursday. Coming in at 122 for 3 in the 33rd over, Dhoni stitched a 38-run partnership with top-scorer Saurabh Tiwary (49 off 66 balls) for the fourth wicket to help Jharkhand, who batted first, reach 211 for five in a 45-over-a-side match at the KSCA Cricket Ground. Dhoni hit a four and two sixes in his knock. Captain Kumar Deobrat was the other notable contributor for Jharkhand with a 53-ball 38. UPDATES: Jharkhand vs Railways, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group B match at Alur

For Railways, Avinash Yadav grabbed two wickets for 44 runs while Anureet Singh, Karn Sharma and Ashish Yadav got one each. Jharkhand’s bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Sonu Singh, then bundled Railways out for 96 in just 37 overs to end the match in a canter.

Sonu returned with impressive figures of 4 for 15 while Shahbaz Nadeem and Ankit Dabas grabbed two wickets apiece. Monu Kumar and Vikas Singh got a wicket each to complete the route of Railways. Of Railways’ tally of 96, 44 came from Arindam Ghosh, while the next best was 11.

Jharkhand secured four points from the win, and are currently leading Group B with five wins from six matches, while Railways got none to languish in the second-last spot in the group.

Brief scores:

Jharkhand 211 for 5 in 45 overs (Kumar Deobrat 38, Saurabh Tiwary 49, MS Dhoni 37; Avinash Yadav 2 for 44) beat Railways 96 in 37 overs (Arindam Ghosh 44; Sonu Singh 4 for 15, Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 21) by 115 runs.