Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19, Elite Group A roundup: Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill make strong starts

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

At Alur, Prithvi Shaw’s 98 off 66 balls and unbeaten fifties to skipper Ajinkya Rahane (79* off 116) and Shreyas Iyer (56* off 67) made short work of Baroda’s 238. Shaw cracked 12 fours and five sixes to lead an opening stand worth 137 in 19.3 overs before he hit a return catch back to Krunal Pandya, which was the only success for Baroda. Rahane and Iyer finished the chase in the 41st over to pocket Mumbai four points.

Earlier, Pandya was the main scorer in Baroda’s 238 in 49.5 overs. Batting at No 3, the left-hander made 85 off 111 balls with eight fours and a couple of sixes, carrying a sorry batting performance that saw Kedar Devdhar (39), Yusuf Pathan (45) and Pinal Shah (32) make cameos but five batsmen fall in single figures. Dhawal Kulkarni’s 4/39 in 8.5 over was the standout bowling performance.

Mumbai 239/1 in 41.3 overs (Shaw 98, Rahane 79*, Iyer 56*) beat Baroda 238 in 49.5 overs (Pandya 85, Kulkarni 4/39) by nine wickets 

Also at Alur, Maharastra began with a win, this one by five wickets over Goa. It was a memorable List A debut for the opener Jay Pande, who hit an unbeaten 117 off 136 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, after adding 127 with Ruturaj Gaikwad (67) for the opening stand.

Goa’s 266/7 was fashioned by skipper Amogh Desai (65) and four scores in the thirties, which proved critical in the outcome. Goa needed someone to go on to a century, like Pande did for Maharastra, but it was not to be.

Maharashtra 267/5 in 47.4 overs (Pande 117*, Gaikwad 67) beat Goa 266/7 in 50 overs (Desai 65) by five wickets

In the third match at Alur, Punjab beat Himachal Pradesh by 35 runs. A third List A century to Under-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill carried Punjab to 290/7 in 50 overs, after which Himachal were bowled out for 255 in 48.3 overs with Siddarth Kaul taking 4/55.

Gill’s 115 off 131 balls was the highest score of Punjab’s innings, followed by Yuvraj Singh’s 48 off 41 balls. It proved match-winning.

For Himachal, skipper Prashant Chopra made 95 and Ankush Bains 56 but there was no support thereafter. At the fall of Bains off the last ball of the 30th over, Himachal were 156/2. From there, they careened to 255 with Kaul and Arshdeep Singh doing the damage.

Punjab 290/7 in 50 overs (Gill 115) beat Himachal Pradesh 255 in 48.3 overs (Chopra 95, Bains 56, Kaul 4/55) by 35 runs