elite a

A round-up of the Elite A matches on day four of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The Chennai crowd were in for a treat Mumbai hammered Railways by 173 runs. Led by stunning centuries from Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer, Mumbai posted a mammoth 400/5, their highest List A total. In reply, Mumbai Railways were bowled out for 227 with SZ Mulani picking up 3/26 in 10 overs.

Anureet Singh provided an early breakthrough in the form of skipper Ajinkya Rahane for 3. But Railways had to wait for another 20 overs before getting their second wicket. In the meantime, Shaw cracked his first List A century for Mumbai, a flamboyant 129 off just 81 deliveries. With 14 fours and six sixes, Shaw had taken Mumbai above 200 even before the 25th over.

With Shaw dismissed, Iyer took over and he smacked a total of 10 sixes and went on to score 144. Adding to Railway’s misery was Suryakumar Yadav who also scored 67 off 55 to knock the stuffing out of Railways bowler. Even though Mumbai stuttered a little towards the end, Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad took Mumbai to their first List-A 400 score.

Railways began well but they never really pushed the scoring rate. Opener Saurabh Wakaskar scored 48, supported by Mrunal Devdhar’s 36. Prashant Awasthi and Ankit Yadav chipped in with 40 and 35 but with Railways losing wickets consistently in the middle overs made things worse and were eventually bowled out.

Brief score: Mumbai 400 for 5 in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 144, Prithvi Shaw 129, Anureet Singh 3-73) beat Railways 227 all out in 42.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 48, Prashant Awasthi 41, Shmas Mulani 3-26) by 173 runs.

Ankit Bawane, coming off a century against Karnataka, scored another hundred, setting the platform for Maharashtra’s impressive 94-run win over Punjab. Besides Bawane, Maharashtra were aided by strong contributions from Rahul Tripathi and A Palkar, who scored 38 and 46, and also NS Shaikh’s half-century that propelled the team to 281.

Punjab began well but lack of one big score was their biggest letdown. Four batsmen got to 20s, but there was no big partnership. Satyajeet Bachhav was the wrecker-in-chief with a five-wicket-haul. He got the big wicket of Yuvraj Singh for 6 and went through the middle order to make a strong statement. Shubhman Gill scored 36 which was the highest score of the innings. The lower order had nothing to provide and Punjab were bowled out for 187. They lost their last six wickets for 37 runs.

Brief score: Maharashtra 281/5 in 50 overs (Ankit Bawane 100 not out, Naushad Shaikh 60, Mayank Markande 2-41) won against Punjab 187 all out in 40.3 overs (Shubman Gill 36, Manan Vohra 27, Satyajeet Bachchav 5-54) by 94 runs.

AS Jamwal’s 4/25 was the catalyst behind Himachal seeing off Goa by four wickets. Goa were bowled out for 148 with Amit Verma and Darshan Misal being the only significant contributors. Himachal’s combined bowling effort did not allow Goa batsmen any breathing space and they were all out for 148.

In reply, PS Khanduri and Prashant Chopra took Himachal to a fine start as the two put on 61 runs for the opening wicket before Amulya Pandrekar provided the breakthrough. He then picked up two more but Khanduri and Dagar saw the side through in the 33rd over.

Brief score: Goa 148 all out in 45 overs (Darshan Misal 30, Amit Verma 29, Ayush Jamwal 4-25) lost to Himachal Pradesh 152/6 in 32.1 overs (Prashant Chopra 65, Priyanshu Khanduri 47 not out, Amulya Pandrekar 3-44) by four wickets.