Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19, Elite B wrap: Andhra stun Kerala, Saurashtra down Uttar Pradesh

A round-up of the Elite Group B matches on day one of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy

Andhra pulled back matters in memorable fashion at Palam to clinch a low-scoring thriller by seven runs over Kerala, who in pursuit of 191 went from 170/3 to 183 all out in a stunning collapse. Needing 21 runs from eight overs with six wickets in hand, Kerala preceded to make a mess of the requirement as Andhra grabbed four points.

Kerala found contributors from Arun Karthik (32), Jalaj Saxena (46) and skipper Sachin Baby (57) to keep the chase in check until a flurry of wickets turned the tone of the innings. Baby’s dismissal, bowled by Karn Sharma in the 42nd over, was followed by wickets in the 44th, 45th and 48th overs to leave Kerala needing 15 runs from 11 balls. In the 49th over, bowled by Ayyappa Bandaru, two wickets fell on 183 to leave Andhra to defend seven runs off the last over. Ricky Bhui took the last wicket off the first ball, having Salman Nazar caught by Hanuma Vihari.

Earlier, Andhra had themselves endured a manic collapse of six wickets for 11 runs to be bowled out for 190 in 49 overs. Vihari, back from playing Test cricket for India in England, made 27 off 55 balls around a slow start until he was out in the 27th over. B Sumanth (79) and Dwarka Ravi Teja (44) put up a fight to get the score to 179/5 before two wickets to Baby and S Midhun helped Kerala bowl out Andhra.

Andhra 190 in 49 overs (Sumanth 79, Midhun 3/56) beat Kerala 183 in 49.1 overs (Baby 57, Karn 3/37) by seven runs

At the Feroz Shah Kotla, Saurashtra made 303/9 and kept Uttar Pradesh to 278 in 49.1 overs to win by 25 runs.

Saurashtra, put in to bat, were given a 194-run opening stand in 32.3 over from Robin Uthappa (97 off 110 balls) and Sheldon Jackson (107 off 108). Jackson’s sixth List A century featured 14 fours and two sixes and promised much more until he was lbw to India Under-19 World Cup star Shivam Mavi in the 41st over. Mavi proceeded to finish with his 5/73 in his second List A match, which came with a hat-trick in the last over. Mavi’s strikes saw Saurashtra fall from 237/2 to 303/9, which in the end proved plenty.

Six of UP’s top seven batsmen got starts but only Akshdeep Nath managed a fifty. Jaydev Unadkat, Prerak Mankad and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja each took three wickets to bowl out UP for 278.

Saurashtra 303/9 in 50 overs (Jackson 107, Uthappa 97, Mavi 5/73) beat Uttar Pradesh 278 in 49.1 overs (Nath 62, Unadkat 3/42, D Jadeja 3/48, Mankad 3/68)

Elsewhere at Palam, Hyderabad chased Madhya Pradesh’s 231 with seven wickets and 14 balls remaining. Tanmay Agarwal (83) and Rohit Rayudu (78) scored the only fifties of the match, which proved the difference. Madhya Pradesh were all out for 231 in 48.2 overs with three batsmen dismissed in the forties – Rajat Patidar (49), Saransh Jain (45) and Venkatesh Iyer (44).

For Hyderabad, Mohammad Siraj continued his form with 3/42.

Hyderabad 235/3 in 47.4 overs (Agarwal 83, Rayudu 78) beat Madhya Pradesh 231 in 48.2 overs (Patidar 49, Siraj 3/42) by seven wickets