SUMIT KHATRI’S all-round performance helped Rajasthan beat Madhya Pradesh by 41 runs in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy central zone under-19 cricket tournament played at the Maharani Usha Raje grounds here on Sunday. Sumit claimed five wickets and scored 39 runs.
Batting first, Rajasthan got off to a solid start with the openers Pranay Sharma and Manish Sharma putting on 54 runs for the first wicket.
Manish went on to score 78 runs and Rajasthan piled up 255 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. For Madhya Pradesh, Paras Jain who was hit for 65 runs in 9 overs proved the most expensive. Mayank Jagdale took 5 for 54.
In reply, Madhya Pradesh also got off to a decent start with the openers Madhav Saxena and Manoj Singh putting up 66 runs for the first wicket before Manoj Singh was caught by Md Arif off the bowling of Sumeet Khatri. He scored 37.
Madhav Saxena and Zafar Ali then took the score to 122 when the second wicket fell in the 27th over.
Sumeet Khatri then triggered a middle order collapse in the 34th over and Madhya Pradesh could never recover from thereon. The team ended up making 214 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs. Madhav Saxena top-scored with 63 runs in 95 balls.
Railways outplay UP
IN ANOTHER match played at the Maharani Usha Raje grounds on Sunday, Railways defeated Uttar Pradesh by 17 runs. Batting first, Railways got off to a poor start losing its opener Vijay Bharatram in the 5th over when the score was 27.
Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals and none of the middle order batsmen could occupy the crease for long. At one stage, Railways were 86 for 7 in the 28th over. However, a big partnership lower down the order between Irfan Ahmed and Arun Rawat resurrected the Railways innings and they finished at 194 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Irfan made 42 in 68 balls while Arun remained not out on 52. For Uttar Pradesh, Abhiskek Tiwari claimed 4 for 22.
In reply, Uttar Pradesh got off to a disastrous start losing their opener Bhawani Singh in the second over at a score of 9. The second wicket followed soon in the fifth over at a score of 31. A third wicket partnership between Subodh Shrivastava and Zahid Ali took the score to 60 in 15 overs before Ali got out having made just 6 runs in 23 balls.
Subodh kept the scoreboard ticking at one end before being run out for 39. Middle order batsman Eklavya Diwedi made a dogged 44 off 74 balls. He was ably supported by Sanjay Pal who made 30.
The match looked to be going down to the wire with UP putting on 165 runs on board in the 44th over at the loss of six wickets. However, the bottom order batsmen got out cheaply and the team was bowled out for 177 in 47.3 overs. For Railways, Irfan Admed claimed 3 for 22.