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A round-up of the Elite B matches in round nine of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

A round-up of the Elite B matches in round nine of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

A prolific batting effort by Delhi saw them overpower Andhra by 74 runs and register their fourth win of the tournament. Batting first, Delhi were provided a brisk start by Unmukt Chand and Gautam Gambhir before a century from No. 5 batsman Himmat Singh catapulted Delhi to 314/5. In reply, Andhra batsmen couldn’t replicate their opponent’s efforts with the bat with Kulwant Khejroliya, Pawan Negi, and Nitish Rana picking up two wickets each.

Gambhir and Chand put on 75 for the opening wicket but their dismissals in a span of 33 runs brought Andhra back in the game, albeit for a brief period. Rana’s two wickets weren’t his only contribution in the game. He had scored 52 at a run-a-ball and with Himmat, batted to put 97 runs for the fourth wicket. Himmat struck nine fours and four sixes and took on the bowlers with disdain in the final overs, to an extent that Karn Sharma conceded 94 off his ten overs.

In reply, except Prashanth Kumar’s half-century and Ricky Bhui’s 48, the batting crumbled against the experienced Delhi bowlers and bowled out in the 50th over to give Andhra their first loss of the tournament.

Brief scores: Delhi 314/5 (Himmat Singh 102*, Unmukt Chand 62; Girinath Reddy 2/67) beat Andhra 241 all out (Prashant Kumar 54, Ricky Bhui 48; Kulwant Khejroliya 2/39) by 74 runs.

Hyderabad beat Kerala by 7 wickets

Hyderabad registered their fourth win of the Vijay Hazare Trophy by beating Kerala by seven wickets. After a disciplined piece of bowling kept Kerala to just 189 for 6, K Rohit Rayudu’s half-century, along with useful contributions from B Sandeep and Akshath Reddy helped Hyderabad chase down the target in 46.4 overs.

Ravi Kiran set the tone by cleaning up Kerala opener B Arun Karthick off the first ball of the innings. As the Kerala batting struggled to get going against Hyderabad bowlers, resistance was shown by their lower-middle order. Jalaj Saxena consumed 52 balls for his 21 before Sachin Baby and VA Jagadeesh tried to stabilise the innings. Jagadeesh remained Kerala’s top-scorer but it included just three boundaries and took 92 deliveries. Salman Nizar and Vishnu Vinod chipped in with 25 and 34 but their strike was also below par, and Kerala were kept to a total of under 200.

Hyderabad however showed no such signs and despite the early exit of Tanmay Agarwal scored at a decent pace. Akshath and Ashish Reddy scored 66 for the second wicket before Rayudu and Sandeep forged an unbeaten 96-run stand to get his side over the line, and one that resulted in Kerala’s third loss.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 190/3 (K Rohit Rayudu 57*, B Sandeep 48; Jalaj Saxena 2/22) beat Kerala 189/6 (VA Jagadeesh 62, Vishnu Vinod 34; Saaketh 2/27) by seven wickets.

Chattisgarh beat Odisha

At the Palam B ground Chattisgarh got the better of Odisha riding on seamer Pankaj Rao’s 3 for 15 and off spinner Shivendra Singh’s 3 for 31. Opting to bat first,  Chattisgarh were off to a steady start with openers Rishabh Tiwari (25) and Ashutosh Singh (38) adding 47 for the opening wicket before Tiwari was trapped in front by Govind Poddar. One down Manoj Singh departed soon after followed by the wicket of Ashutosh. Skipper Harpreet Singh (43) and AN Khare (23) then rebuild the innings, but Odisha chipped away with wickets leaving Chattisgarh reeling on 162 for 7.

However, No.9 batsman Shakeeb Ahmed added a valuable 38 off 28 to push Chhattisgarh’s total to 212. For Odisha, pacer Anurag Sarangi picked 3 for 22.

In reply, Odisha stuttered throughout the innings. Sarangi made 21 at the top before getting out and interestingly, he was the sole contributor in the opening-wicket stand. Skipper Poddar went for one before Biplab Samantray (38) and opener Rajesh Dhuper (38) put on a slow resistance, scoring at a strike-rate of just over 50. Dhuper was removed by Shivendra followed by the wicket of Shubhranshu Senapati (2). Sampntray’s wicket, taken by Rao, had Odisha at 112 for five before they lost their last five wickets for another 52 runs. Prayash Singh made 25. Odisha slumped to their fourth defeat while Chattisgarh notched up their third win.

Brief Scores: Chattisgarh 212 (Harpreet Singh 43; Anurag Sarangi 3/22) beat Odisha 164 (Biplab Samantray 38; Pankaj Rao 3/15) by 48 runs.