Jaipur: Prithvi Shaw’s blistering unbeaten 105 after an impressive show by the bowlers set up Mumbai’s seven wicket win over Delhi in an Elite Group D game on Sunday as the domestic giants began their Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign on a winning note
Mumbai bowlers led by experienced pacer Dhawal Kulkarni (3/35) restricted Delhi to 211/7 despite a valiant unbeaten 106 off 145 balls by Himmat Singh and then cantered to the target in 31.5 overs as Prithvi tore into the Delhi attack.
Invited to bat at the Jaipuria Vidyalaya Ground, Delhi were reeling at 10 for three, as they lost both openers Anuj Rawat (0) and India opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) cheaply. Both the batters were run-out.
Trouble mounted for Delhi after they lost Nitish Rana (2), who edged to wicket-keeper Aditya Tare giving pacer Kulkarni his first wicket. Kulkarni struck again and removed Jonty Sidhu (0) to make it 12 for four.
They lost half their side for 23 after left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (2/33) castled Kshitiz Sharma (5). Worse, there were reduced to 32 for six after Kulkarni sent back Lalit Yadav (5).
Then Himmat and number eight batsman Shivank Vashitsth (55 off 70 balls, 6×4) rallied the innings with their 122-run seventh wicket stand.
Himmat took the responsibility and played a mature knock, striking six fours and two maximums. After Vashisth departed, Himmat found an able partner in skipper Pradeep Sangwan (28 not out) as the two forged an unbeaten 57-run stand to take their side above the 200-run mark.
Chasing 212, Mumbai lost opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (8) early but Prithvi (105 not out off 89 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (39 off 39 balls; 6×4, 1×6) added 82 runs for the second wicket.
Shaw was in his elements. He took the Delhi attack to cleaners hammering 15 boundaries and two sixes in his 89-ball match-winning innings and was ably supported by Iyer, who was making a comeback after missing the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
After Iyer was cleaned up by Lalit Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, who had earned his maiden India call up on Saturday, played his part to perfection with a blazing 50 off 33 balls, striking six fours and two sixes.
He and Shaw conjured 93 runs for the third wicket and brought Mumbai on the cusp of a win and they then comfortably rode home.
Tewatia’s blazing fifty in vain as Chandigarh pull off thrilling chase
Rahul Tewatia celebrated his maiden India call-up with a 39-ball 73 but his effort went in vain as Chandigarh secured a thrilling three-wicket win over Haryana in their Group E opener on Sunday.
Tewatia, who was named in the India T20I squad for the five-match series against England, clobbered six sixes and four fours.
Chandigarh skipper Manan Vohra led a stiff 300-run chase with a 120-ball 117 (9×4, 2×6) before Ankit Kaushik provided the finishes touches with his brisk 78 from 66 balls (4×4, 3×6).
Chandigarh completed the chase with three balls to spare.
Earlier, Haryana got off to a solid start with a cracking 102 (125 balls; 11×1, 1×6) by Himanshu Rana and his 115-run opening stand with Arun Chaprana.
Chandigarh bowlers fought back to trigger a middle-order collapse before Haryana rode on Tewatia’s strong finish to post a challenging 299/9 from their stipulated 50 overs.
Tewatia, the explosive Rajasthan Royals left-hander, raced to his third List A fifty in 32 balls and then went berserk, scoring his next 22 runs off only six balls before getting dismissed by Jagjit Singh (3/36).
Having made a group stage exit in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s, Bengal opened their campaign with a comprehensive 70-run win over Services at Eden Gardens.
Middle-order batsman Kaif Ahmad hit a stellar 53-ball 75 (11×4, 2×6), while skipper Anustup Majumdar provided him fine support with a 61-ball 58, as Bengal piled 315/6 after putting in by Services.
The top-three, comprising Shreevats Goswami (28), Vivek Singh (39) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (39), too chipped in before the duo of Majumdar and Kaif took charge for a 92-run partnership.
In reply, fifties from skipper Rajat Paliwal (90) and Pulkit Narang (53) were not enough as Bengal put Services under pressure with consistent wickets before bowling them out for 245 in 49.4 overs.
The pace trio of Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep, along with left-arm spinner Shabaz Ahmed, picked two wickets each.
Jay Bista slams 141, powers Uttarakhand to win over Meghalaya
A superb knock of 141 by opener Jay Bista powered Uttarakhand to a six-wicket win over Meghalaya in a Plate Group match on Sunday.
Bista scored his runs in 119 balls, striking 18 fours and three sixes.
Chasing 243 for victory, Bista and skipper Kunal Chandela (55 off 80 balls) set up the win with a second-wicket partnership of 126 runs in 142 balls.
Though Bista fell eight runs shy of the target, Uttarakhand got home with 5.5 overs to spare.
Earlier, R Sanjay Yadav’s whirlwind 81 off 49 balls (2 fours, seven sixes) helped Meghalaya recover and post 242 for 6 in 50 overs, having slipped to 123 for 4 in the 34th over.
In other matches, Assam thrashed Manipur by 10 wickets in a game shortened by overnight rain and Nagaland outplayed Sikkim by 98 runs.
Delhi 211/7 (Himmat Singh 106 not out, Shivank Vashisth 55; Dhawal Kulkarni 3/35, Shams Mulani 2/33) lost to Mumbai 216/3 (Prithvi Shaw 105 not out; Suryakumar Yadav 50; Lalit Yadav 2/32) by 7wickets.
At Eden Gardens: Bengal 315/6; 50 overs (Kaif Ahmed 75, Anustup Majumdar 58) beat Services Rajat Paliwal 90, Pulkit Narang
At JU Second Campus, Saltlake: Jammu & Kashmir 279/9; 50 overs (Shubham Khajuria 68, Vivrant Sharma 66, Abid Mushtaq 50 not out; Chetan Sakariya 3/64, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/50) lost to Saurashtra 283/7; 49.1 overs (Chirag Jani 93 not out, Aripit Vasavada 66, Vishvaraj Jadeja 48, Jadeja 40) by three wickets.
At 22 Yards, Salt Lake: Haryana 299/9; 50 overs (Himanshu Rana 102, Rahul Tewatia 73, Arun Chaprana 50; Jagjit Singh 3/36) lost to Chandigarh 300/7; 49.3 overs (Manan Vohra 117, Ankit Kaushik 78 not out, Shivam Bhambri 48) by three wickets.
Manipur 108 for 6 in 28 overs (Langlonyamba Meitan Keishangbam 25, Kangabam Singh 25 not out) lost to Assam 119 for no loss in 15.4 overs (Pallavkumar Das 75 not out (53 balls, 9X4, 3X6), Denish Das 36 not out) by 10 wickets (VJD method). Assam: 4 points, Manipur: 0.
Meghalaya 242 for 6 in 50 overs (Sanjay Yadav 81, Punit Bist 48, DB Ravi Teja 44) lost to Uttarakhand 243 for 4 in 44.1 overs (Jay Bista 141 (119 balls, 18X4, 3X6), Kunal Chandela 55) by six wickets. Uttarakhand: 4 points, Meghalaya: 0.
Nagaland 310 for 8 in 50 overs (Sedezhalie Rupero 99, R Jonathan 92) beat Sikkim 212 all out in 49.2 overs (Robin Bist 72, Nilesh Lamichaney 37, Hem Chetri 3 for 29) by 98 runs. Nagaland: 4 points, Sikkim: 0.
Arunachal Pradesh 7 for no loss in 2.4 overs vs Mizoram. Match abandoned due to rain. Mizoram: 2 points; Arunachal: 2 points.