MADHYA PRADESH beat Gujarat by 38 runs in the first one-day goodwill cricket match played at the Usha Raje cricket grounds in Indore on Tuesday.
Gujarat captain Jatin Patel won the toss and asked MP to bat first. Initially, the move appeared to be good but Mehul and Varunesh batted brilliantly to help their team post a good total.
Mehul completed his 50 in 62 balls with seven hits to he fence and one over. After his 50, he just added eight more runs before he was dismissed.
At the other end, Varunesh batted cautiously and completed his 50 in 83 balls with three boundaries and one six. He too did not last long after completing his half-century. He was dismissed for 54.
Rameez Khan, who had scored a half-century in a two-day match recently, batted well and scored 39 runs with two boundaries.
As the run rate slowed down, the MP batsmen went for quick singles and paid the price. Four MP batsmen were run out. At the end of the 50 overs, MP managed a modest score of 223/9. Chasing the low target, Gujarat batsmen did not go for quick runs and batted patiently. In the first six overs, they had just scored 12 runs.
When they started accelerating the run rate, they lost wickets at regular intervals. Jesal Kariya batted well and scored 35 runs with five boundaries, while Parth Parikh and Rajdeep Darbar scored 29 and 28 runs respectively. Priyank Panchal scored a useful 25 with one six. Gujarat lost all the wickets for 185 runs.
MP had to opt for second line team for the first one-dayer as half of the top players are suffering from chickungunya. The second match will be played tomorrow and the third will be played on Friday.