MS Dhoni will lead India into the ICC World T20 2016, beginning from March © AFP
MS Dhoni will lead India into the ICC World T20 2016, beginning from March © AFP

Alur: MS Dhoni top-scored with a defiant 44 but his innings went in vain as Jharkhand lost to Gujarat by six wickets in the Group B League match of Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday. Electing to bat at the KSCA Cricket (3) Ground, Jharkhand scored 177 for 4  in 47 overs but could not stop Gujarat from running away with an easy win. Gujarat rode on opener Priyank Kirit Panchal’s 62 to achieve their target in 40.5 overs. If the second-wicket 111-run partnership between Panchal and skipper Parthiv Patel (44) laid the base for their comfortable win then Rujul Bhatt (24 not out and Akshar Patel made sure (32 not out) that they only lose four wickets in the process. Full updates: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Jharkhand vs Gujarat, Group A match at Alur

Dhoni, who failed to impress in the first domestic match for his state — managed just 9 runs — after a gap of eight years, scored 44 runs off 64 balls, which was studded with four boundaries. The Indian limited-overs’ captain was cleaned up by Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed two crucial wickets—he also got opener Ishank Jaggi for 34. Jharkhand had registered a win against Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)in their opening game.

Jharkhand will be unhappy with their batsmen as they have been let down by them in both the matches in the tournament so far. Jharkhand somehow managed to scrape through against J&K but they will have to play better in the remaining games in the tournament.

Brief Scores:

Jharkhand 177 for 7 in 47 overs (MS Dhoni 44, Ishank Jaggi 34; Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 30, Akshar Patel 2 for 30) lost to Gujarat 179 for 4 in 40.5 overs (Parthiv Patel 44, Akshar Patel 32*; Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 36) by 6 wickets.