A round up of Elite B matches in Round 12 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19
A round up of Elite B matches in Round 12 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19

A round up of Elite B matches in Round 12 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19

At Palam A Stadium, New Delhi Andhra put in a clinical performance when it mattered as they brushed aside Madhya Pradesh by seven wickets to seal their quarterfinal berth alongside Delhi and Hyderabad from Elite B.

Madhya Pradesh opted to bat first and found themselves tottering at 2 for 12 after  pacer Kodiramakrishna Sasikanth removed both the openers Naman Ojha (0) and Ankush Singh (5) in side the first four overs. Anand Singh tried to rebuild but kept losing partners at the other end. From 75 for 2, MP slumped to 155 all out. Anand made 70.

For Andhra, Shoaib Mohammad Khan picked 4 for 16 while Hanuma Vihari claimed 3 for 31.

In chase, openers Ashwin Hebbar and KS Bharat made 28 and 18 respectively, while one down Vihari departed for just two, All three wickets were taken by 20-year-old left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya.

However, skipper Ricky Bhui (56*) and D Sumanth (46*) got together for an unbeaten stand of 103 runs for the fourth wicket to anchor the chase.

Brief Scores: Andhra 156/3 (Ricky Bhui 56*, B Sumanth 46*; Kumar Kartikeya 3/28) beat Madhya Pradesh 155 (Anand Singh 70, Yash Dubey 25; Shoaib Mohammad Khan 4/16) by seven wickets.

At the Feroz Shah Kotla, table topper Delhi claimed their sixth win of the campaign beating Chattisgarh by 44 runs. Opting to bat first, Delhi found themselves in trouble at 87 for 5. While Unmukt Chand made 32 at the top, Gautam Gambhir (10), Druv Shorey (8) and Nitish Rana (8) were out cheaply.

But, debutant Lakshay Thareja scored a valiant 53 off 72 and batted with the lower-order to put Delhi back on track. Thareja was ably supported by Manan Sharma (16), Lalit Yadav (31) and Pawan Negi (31).

Simarjeet Singh’s 25 and Kulwant Khejroliya’s 18 then pushed Delhi to 245 for nine.

For Chattisgarh, Shakeeb Ahmed, Shivendra Singh and Ajay Mandal claimed two wickets each.

in reply,  Khejroliya removed both the openers Rishabh Tiwari (0) and Ashutosh Singh (6) before getting rid of skipper Harpreet Singh for 4. Manoj Singh made 30 while AN Khare and Mandal added 29 and 40, respectively.

But, a double-strike from Negi and Yadav punctured Chattisgarh as they slumped to 139 for 8. Shakeeb’s 38 and Shivendra’s 25 then pushed their teams total past the 200-run mark, but they were all out for 201 in 45.1 overs.

Brief Scores: Delhi 245/9 (Lakshya Thareja 53, Unmukt Chand 32; Shivendra Singh 2/31) beat Chattisgarh 201 (Ajay Mandal 40, Shakeeb Ahmed 38; Kulwant Khejroliya 4/27) by 44 runs

In the third match of the group, Palam B Stadium, Kerala bowed out of the tournament with a win, beating Saurashtra by 46 runs.

After being put in to bat, Kerala’s batting unit fired in unison with opener Vishnu Vinod making 62 at the top before skipper Sachin Baby scored a brisk 72 off 93 deliveries. Jalaj Saxena added 33 while sanju Samson made 30. Down the order Vasudevan Jagadeesh made 41 while 14-ball 38 by KB Arun KArthik pushed Kerala’s total to 316/7. For Saurashtra, Jay Chauhan claimed 3 for 63.

In reply, Basil Thampi claimed the openers – Robin Uthappa (18) and Sheldon Jackson (14). Samarth Vyas then dropped anchor with a 96-ball 91-run knock, ably supported by Chirag Jani (66). But Kerala bowlers plugged away bowling out Saurashtra for 270.

Thampi finished with 4 for 52 while KC Akshay claimed 3 for 69.

Brief Scores: Kerala 316/7 (Sachin Baby 93, Vishnu Vinod 62; Jay Chauhan 3/63) beat Saurashtra 270 (Samarth Vyas 91, Chirag Jani 66; Basil Thampi 4/52) by 46 runs