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MS Dhoni’s Jharkhand beat Saurashtra by 42 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy

MS Dhoni-led Jharkhand secured a 42-run win over Saurashtra in a low-scoring Group D match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.

cricket Updated: Mar 01, 2017 19:17 IST
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MS Dhoni scored 24-ball-23 as Jharkhand beat Saurashtra in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match in Kolkata on Wednesday.(PTI)

MS Dhoni-led Jharkhand defeated Saurashtra in a low-scoring encounter to register their third victory on the trot in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Wednesday.

Batting first, Jharkhand’s innings folded for 125 in 27.3 overs with Ishan Kishan scoring a half-century (53) while MS Dhoni (23) and Ishank Jaggi (12) were the two other batsmen to reach double digits.

However, the Jharkhand bowlers bowled brilliantly to bowl out Saurashtra for just 83 in 25.1 overs as Jharkhand registered a 42-run victory.

The Eden Gardens pitch was back in focus with its uneven bounce after only three batsmen from each team was able to post double digits. On a precarious-looking surface, it was the seamers who ruled the roost, grabbing all the 20 wickets on offer.

Jharkhand’s pace spearhead Varun Aaron bowled his quota in one spell en route to 4/20 as he along with Rahul Shukla (4/32) and Jaskaran Singh accounted for all the 10 Saurashtra wickets.

MS Dhoni was seen employing an attacking field with two in the slip cordon and two -- forward short leg and silly point -- around the batsmen.

From being 30/3 after 10 overs at innings break, Saurashtra’s collapse began after Aaron dismissed their skipper Shah in the 15th over as they lost the remaining seven wickets for 34 runs in 12.3 overs.

Earlier, Jharkhand’s innings revolved around Kishan’s fluent 40-ball 53 (5x4, 4x6) as their innings folded for 125 in 27.3 overs. Having survived a close caught-behind call after the Kushang Patel’s delivery flew past his outside edge in the first ball, Dhoni looked resolute before being trapped by Shaurya Sanandia in the 21st over.

MS Dhoni made 23 from 24 balls (1x4, 1x6) and pulled the Saurashtra wrecker-in-chief Sanandia for a huge six over fine leg in his 51-minute vigil at the crease.

Sanandia returned with a career-best 5/47 while Kushang Patel claimed 4/39 as the duo triggered the collapse in the 10th over over when the latter struck twice in two balls.

Patel castled Virat Singh, and in the next ball he trapped left-handed Saurabh Tiwary LBW while Sanandia too joined in the act in his fiery second spell of 8-3-31-5.

It was Kishan who provided the resistance with four sixes as he brought up his fifty in 38 balls. But in the next over, Sanandia dismissed the diminutive left-hander who was done in by extra bounce.

Wickets kept falling with Sanandia picking two in three balls in his next over as Jharkhand went on to lose six wickets with addition of 31 runs.