Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19, Elite Group C wrap: Amit Mishra, Harmeet Singh spin Haryana, Tripura to wins

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

Haryana captain Amit Mishra was the star as Assam were bundled out for 81 in 30.2 overs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday, setting the tone for a facile eight-wicket win and with it four points.

Mishra, 35, claimed career-best figures of 6/13 in 10 overs. His strikes came after Arun Chaprana reduced Assam to 42/3 and triggered the downfall in dramatic manner. Only three batsmen made it to double-figures as Mishra grabbed six consecutive wickets, finishing with figures of 10-2-13-6 to beat his previous best of 6/48 which came in an ODI for India versus Zimbabwe in 2013.

This was Mishra’s second five-wicket haul against Assam this year, after he took 5/21 in February.

Chasing 81, Haryana were hurried home by pinch-hitter Harshal Patel who clubbed four sixes and two fours in a 21-ball 37 while SG Rohilla anchored the chase with 31 not out off 30 balls.

Haryana 83/2 in 11.2 overs beat Assam 81 in 30.2 overs (Mishra 6/13)

Elsewhere in Chennai, former Mumbai spinner and India U-19 World Cup winner Harmeet Singh claimed 5/10 to set up Tripura’s victory over Jammu & Kashmir who feebly surrendered for 79 in 30 overs in a 35-overs-a-side game. Coming on as first change, Harmeet needed no time to reduce J&K to 49/5 with wickets in his first two overs. The wobble was one, and soon Harmeet had five. The opener Amhad Omar Banday’s 24 proved the highest individual score.

Tripura’s chase was not straightforward, as keeping with the trend of matches in Chennai where batting has overall been difficult given the amount of rain. From 10/1, Tripura moved to 37/2 and then 42/3 before losing two additional wicket in the 26th and 28th overs. The opener Nirupam Sen Chowdhary’s 67-ball 24 proved pivotal and Harmeet capped a memorable day by finishing 11 not out off 10 balls with a six.

Tripura 81/6 in 30.5 overs beat Jammu & Kashmir 79 in 30 overs (Harmeet 5/10) by five wickets

At the MA Chidambaram Stadium, hosts Tamil Nadu won their first game of the tournament after posing 315/4 in 50 overs. Leading the way for a match-winning total was the opener and wicketkeeper N Jagadeesan with 133 from 130 balls, with 17 fours, who with Abhinav Mukund (69) put on 173 for the opening wicket. Baba Indrajith made an unbeaten 76 from 58 balls to ensure the platform was not squandered.

Legbreak bowler Varun Chakravathi, in his second List A game, spun his way to 5/38 as Services fell 83 runs short. Nakul Verma (60) and Rajat Paliwal (52) made fifties but there was not support.

Tamil Nadu 315/4 in 20 overs (Jagadeesan 133, B Indrajith 76*, Mukund 69) beat Services 232 in 46 overs (Verma 60, Paliwal 52, Chakravathi 5/38) by 83 runs