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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shaw back in form, Bengal beat Services & Jani takes Saurashtra over the line


Indian opening batsman Prithvi Shaw got back into his groove in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he scored 105 runs off just 89 balls in a Mumbai win over Delhi for whom Himmat Singh had scored a ton. Bengal beat Services by 70 runs while a 79 ball 93 from Chirag Jani ensured that Saurashtra got off the mark with a win over Jammu & Kashmir.

Prithvi Shaw hit 15 fours and 2 sixes in his ton against Delhi (Image Source: Twitter.com)

Delhi batted first against Mumbai and the team from the national capital had a disastrous start to the game. After both of Delhi’s openers were run out, Dhawal Kulkarni bulldozed himself into the Delhi inning who were left at 32 for 6 after the dismissal of Lalit Yadav in the 19th over.

Himmat Singh and Shivank Vashisht took it upon themselves to ignite the resurgence of this Delhi inning. Their 122 run partnership in just over 23 overs was going strong until Shams Mulani applied a break to it. Vashisht got out at 55 but it was Himmat Singh who scored a magnificent century (106 off 145) to take Delhi to 211/7 at the end of their inning.

The pressure was mounting high on Prithvi Shaw in the Indian team setup but Shaw seemed to have come out with newfound confidence amidst his crisis. After the early wicket of Jaiswal, Shaw & Shreyas got Mumbai back on track. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on a run-a-ball 39 but Prithvi Shaw had already crossed his half-century by then and was going strong. Suryakumar Yadav joined him at the crease and SKY scored a swashbuckling inning of 50 runs off just 33 balls and then Prithvi Shaw got to his hundred and along with Shivam Dube, got Mumbai over the line.

Jammu & Kashmir batted first against Saurashtra and thanks to half-centuries from Vivrant Sharma, Shubham Khajuria and Abid Mushtaq got to a respectable total of 279 in their 50 overs. Saurashtra were struggling in their run-chase at 17/3 when Vishvaraj Jadeja and Arpit Vasavada got together a had a decent partnership before getting out at 48 and 66 respectively. Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja & Jaydev Unadkat took Saurashtra over the line as Chirag Jani scored a wonderful inning of 93 runs in 79 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.

Kaif Ahmed and Anustup Majumdar powered an all-round Bengal batting performance as they made 315 runs in their 50 overs. Rajat Paliwal scored a 90 and Pulkit Narang also scored a half-century but did not get any support from the rest of the Services batsmen as Bengal won by a comfortable 70 runs margin.

Haryana scored 299 on the back of Himanshu Rana’s 102 but it was Manan Vohra’s 117 followed by Ankit Kaushik’s quickfire 78 that sealed a last-over victory for Chandigarh. Paras Dogra scored 101 runs off 109 balls to ensure Puducherry reached 273 while Manender Singh’s 115 and Aditya Garhwal’s 70 in the run-chase proved to be match-winning for Rajasthan. Nagaland beat Sikkim by 98 runs, Assam beat Manipur by 10 wickets in a 25 overs-a-team game and Uttarakhand beat Meghalaya by 6 wickets. Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram match was called off due to rain.

Stay Tuned for all the action in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021!


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