Rajat Bhatia put in a wonderful performance against Assam © IANS
Rajat Bhatia put in a wonderful performance against Assam © IANS

Secuderabad: Rajat Bhatia bagged a five-wicket haul and then hit an unbeaten 68 to help Rajasthan steal a one-wicket win against Assam in a thrilling Group A Vijay Hazare cricket match on Friday.  Chasing 149 for a win in a low-scoring encounter at the Railways Recreation Club Ground, Rajasthan were reduced to 81 for seven and then 139 for nine but Bhatia held his nerve in a tense finish to hand Assam their second loss in two days. Bhatia mixed the right dose of caution and aggression in his 82-ball stay, which was laced with 6 fours and a six. Krishna Das, Arup Das, Pritam Das and Pallav Kumar Das picked up two wicket each. Full updates:  Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Assam vs Rajasthan, Group A match at Hyderabad

Rajasthan would be happy to have gotten off the mark in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16. Services came up with a fine bowling and fielding display to register a comfortable 63-run win over Rajasthan in their opening Group A match of the Vijay Hazare One-Day cricket tournament on Thursday. Invited to bat, Services rode on half-centuries from opener Nakul Verma (68) and middle-order batsman Yashpal Singh (75 not out) to post a not-so-impressive 230 for seven in their 50 overs. Besides Nakul and Yashpal, Suraj Yadav hit a quick-fire 30-ball 44 towards the rear end to take Services to a decent total. Upcoming pace sensation Nathu Singh (4 for 42) impressed with a four-wicket haul for Rajasthan.

Brief Scores:

Assam 148 all out in 44.4 overs (Pallav Kumar Das 37, Amit Sinha 27; Rajat Bhatia 5 for 17) lost to Rajasthan 149 for 9 in 49.3 overs (Rajat Bhatia 68*, AR Gupta 27; Krishna Das 2 for 17) by 1 wicket.