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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shardul Thakur’s 92, Rahul Singh’s mammoth ton & Haryana’s splendid bowling

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Shardul Thakur, Suryakumar Yadav, and Aditya Tare dig Mumbai out of a hole as they eventually win big by 200 runs with Prashant Solanki’s 4-fer with the ball. An all-round bowling performance by Haryana gets them a comfortable win against Bengal. Rahul Singh scored a mammoth 158 in Services’ big win against Saurashtra while another ton by Himmat Singh gets Delhi the victory in a run-chase against Rajasthan.

Shardul Thakur gave a glimpse of his all-round abilities with a crunch-time 92 against Himachal | Image Source: BCCI Domestic Twitter

After getting the opportunity to bat first, Mumbai were found wanting at 8/3 and then 49/4 after the dismissal of Sarfaraz Khan in the 13th over of the inning. It was once again the brilliance of Suryakumar Yadav along with the assurance of Aditya Tare that built a solid 99-run partnership in 17 overs. Suryakumar was out on 91 off just 75 balls with 15 fours to his name.

While Tare stood like a rock at the other end, it was a swashbuckling and dominant batting performance at the other end by Shardul Thakur who came up with a 57-ball 92 which included 6 fours and 6 sixes, an inning that crushed the confidence of Himachal Pradesh. Shardul Thakur had also recently impressed with the bat for India in Australia and he displayed another masterclass today. Mumbai ended with a score of 321/9 in their 50 overs. Prashant Solanki had another great game in his debut FC season as he picked up 4 wickets for 31 runs to help wrap up the Himachal inning at just 121 in a 200-run victory for Mumbai.

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Maharashtra batted first against Puducherry in the other match of Group D. Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed in the 10th over but Yash Nahar and Ankit Bawne built a strong 192-run partnership in just a little over 28 overs. Yash Nahar scored 119 runs off 120 balls which included 9 fours and 5 smashing sixes while Ankit Bawne scored 110 runs off 115 balls with 10 fours and a six.

A 30-ball 59 from Rahul Tripathi in the final phase of the Maharashtra inning ensured that they finished at 333/4. Rajvardhan Hangargekar had figures of 8.2-0-45-4 while bowling for Maharashtra in a resounding win as a couple of good knocks by Sheldon Jackson and Sagar Trivedi still couldn’t prevent a 137-run defeat for Puducherry.

Manender Singh and Arjit Gupta scored 73 and 78respectively as Rajasthan batted first against Delhi and put up a competitive total of 294 in their 50 overs. Simarjeet Singh took 4 wickets and Pradeep Sangwan took 3 wickets for Delhi with the ball. Delhi looked at ease in the run-chase after a 65-run opening stand between Dhawan and Shorey but it was another ton by Himmat Singh which included 13 fours and a six in his 117 off 96 and a 75-ball 88 from Nitish Rana that took Delhi comfortably over the line against Rajasthan.  Delhi are now second in Group D with 16 points.

Haryana came up with an all-round bowling performance to ensure a resounding victory over Bengal on Monday | Image Source: BCCI Domestic Twitter

Bengal had the opportunity to put up a good total on the board after getting the opportunity to bat first against Haryana. Sanjay Pahal took 3 wickets for 32 while Ajit Chahal, Jayant Yadav, and Ashok Sandhu took 2 wickets each as Haryana came with the clutch in their bowling inning to restrict Bengal to a total of 177. Suvankar Bal made the only fifty-plus score with the bat which included 3 fours and a six.

Chaitanya Bishnoi and Shubham Rohilla scored fifties while opening the batting for Haryana as they wrapped up a comfortable 5-wicket victory with 7.3 overs to spare. Haryana stays on the bottom of their group despite this big win but are now level on points with Bengal.

Rahul Singh was the star man with the bat for Services as he scored a mammoth 158 runs off just 130 balls which included 21 fours and 2 sixes. Devender Lochab & Pulkit Narang along with Rahul Singh ensured that Services reached a total of 301/7 in their 50 overs. Chirag Jani showed a lot of fight and courage in his inning of 68 but didn’t get the required support as Saurashtra were bundled out for 233, a 68-run victory for Services.

Jammu & Kashmir successfully chased down the target of 242 set by Chandigarh thanks to centuries from Shubham Khajuria and Henan Nazir as they won with 16 overs to spare. Stay tuned to “The Sports Doyen” for all the coverage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021!

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