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Rajkot: Opener Prashant Chopra’s blistering half-century helped Himachal Pradesh (HP) outplay Goa by seven wickets in their Group D match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Khanderi, Rajkot on Wednesday. Chasing 185 for a win, Himachal rode on an 80-run opening stand between Ankush Bains (36) and Prashant (67) to race to their target in 29.2 overs. After the opening duo’s dismissal and the wicket of Robin Bisht (12), Paras Dogra (34 not out) and Rishi Dhawan (31 not out) made sure that they canter home without any more casualties. For Goa, Shadab Jakati bagged all the three wickets giving 33 runs. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Himachal Pradesh vs Goa, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group D match at Rajkot

Earlier put into bat, Goa got off to a descent start but a middle and lower-order collapse saw them bundled out for 184 off 45.4 overs. Skipper Sagun Kamat (57 runs off 95 deliveries) and Swapnil Asnodkar (37 runs, 44b, 3×4) added 62 runs for the opening wicket before Asnodkar returned to the pavilion.

Keenan Vaz (25) and Saurabh Bandekar (23) started well but failed to convert their starts into bigger scores. Pankaj Jaiswal bagged three wickets giving 26 runs, while Bipul Sharma and Rahul Singh got two wickets each.

HP thus have moved to the top of the points table after this victory, earning four points to tie with Uttar Pradesh (UP), who beat Saurashtra earlier in the day.

Brief scores:

Goa 184 in 45.4 overs (Sagun Kamat 57, Swapnil Asnodkar 37; Pankaj Jaiswal 3 for 26) lost to Himachal Pradesh 187 for 3 in 29.2 overs (Prashant Chopra 67, Paras Dogra 34*; Shadab Jakati 3 for 33)