A round-up of the Elite Group C matches in round six of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
A round-up of the Elite Group C matches in round six of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

A round-up of the Elite Group C matches in round six of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Led once again by their captain Ishan Kishan, who top-scored with 85 off 87 balls, Jharkhand beat hosts Tamil Nadu to stay on top of the Elite Group C with 14 points from four games.

Having chosen to bat, Kishan struck eight fours and three sixes in his 85 – which came a day after he smacked a career-best 139 in victory over Assam – and with Anand Singh (52) he put on 83 for the first wicket and 104 for the second in the company of Virat Singh (48). The pair was dismissed in the span of 10 runs by pacer T Natarajan as Jharkhand were briefly set back, but Saurabh Tiwary ensured a strong total was put up. The one-time India batsman and former Jharkhand skipper hit four sixes in his 43-ball 53 to take the score to 307/8, with Kumar Deobrat contributing 28 off 18 and Anukul Roy 14 off five.

Varun Aaron dealt Tamil Nadu two early blows, getting N Jagadeesan caught behind for two and Kaushik Gandhi for four as the hosts slumped to 24/2. Abhinav Mukund (63) and Baba Aparajith (38) breathed life back into the chase in a 71-run stand but their dismissals in the 20th and 24th overs, both to Anukul Roy, setback Tamil Nadu.

This was followed by a partnership of 99 between Baba Indrajith and B Anirudh (46) that took Tamil Nadu past 200, but Monu Singh provided a vital breakthrough for Jharkhand removing Anirudh. Indrajith then found the company of M Mohammad who made 21 off 18. nut Jharkhand continued to chip away. Aaron, in his second spell, got rid of Indrajith for 101 – his maiden List A hundred, Tamil Nadu were all out for 299 in the last over.

Jharkhand 307/8 in 50 overs (Kishan 85, Tiwary 53, A Singh 52) beat Tamil Nadu (Baba Indrajith 101, Abhinav Mukund 63; Ankul Roy 3/55) by eight runs

Gujarat joined Jharkhand on 14 points courtesy an eight-wicket win over Rajasthan in Chennai, headlined by left-arm spinner Hardik Patel’s economical five-wicket haul and unbeaten from the 29-year-old rookie batsman Kshitij Patel.

Batting first, Rajasthan set the tone for another defeat by falling from 23/1 to 34/5 with Hardik Patel triggering the collapse with four wickets. His fifth, that of the opener Chetan Bist for 44 off 100 balls, left Rajasthan at 120/7 and gave him excellent returns of 10-2-22-5.

Chandrapal Singh’s unbeaten 82 off 95 balls was the highest score of Rajasthan’s innings and helped add 67 for the seventh wicket with Bist and 59 with the last three players, who combined for six runs between them. Singh moved to his second List A fifty in his ninth match off 73 balls, and then opened when the ninth wicket fell in the 4th over. He hit five sixes and three fours in his career-best innings while Tanveer-ul-Haq hung in for 12 balls to ensure Rajasthan played out their 50 overs.

Tanveer then opened the bowling and bowled Parthiv Patel first ball of Gujarat’s chase, but a 163-run stand between Priyank Panchal (84 off 112 balls)) and Kshitij Patel revived the innings. Panchal departed with 17 runs to get, after which Kshitij Patel finished the job in the 40th over. His knock is a career-best effort, coming in his third List A game.

Gujarat 180/2 in 40 overs (Panchal 84, Kshitij Patel 89*) beat Rajasthan 179/9 in 50 overs (Chandrapal Singh 82*, Hardik Patel 5/22) by eight wickets

At the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Services won their second game in as many days, bowling out Bengal for 129 and chasing that with eight wickets and 28 overs remaining to claim four points to move to 12 on the leaderboard. That puts them at third place behind Jharkhand and Gujarat.

Manoj Tiwary’s decision to bat did not go to plan, with the skipper making two off eight balls and the entire Bengal innings lasting 38 overs with just two batsmen – Abhimanyu Easwaran with 33 ad Anustup Majumdar with 33 – crossing 15.

Varun Choudhary (3/23) started the rot and backed by Trivendra Kumar’s two wickets and left-arm spinner Arjun Sharma’s 3/0, Services stamped themselves over Bengal. Losing three wickets between the 12th and 14th overs, including that of Tiwary stumped off Sharma, was where Bengal lost the plot. Majumdar’s 49-ball 33 helped get the total to 114/8 before he was lbw to Choudhary, and then the last two wickets added 15 runs.

Chasing 130, Services lost Nakul Verma and Ravi Chauhan in the span of five balls to slip to 12/2. Then came the partnership of the match, with skipper Rajat Paliwal cracking his way to a fifty in 43 balls en route to his unbeaten 58 off 53 balls and Rahul Gahlaut scoring 53 not out from 50 balls in an alliance worth 118.

Services 130/2 in 22 overs (Paliwal 58*, Gahlaut 53*) beat Bengal 129 in 38 overs by eight wickets