Six-hitting Shubman Gill powers Punjab to narrow win in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Shubman Gill, the leading run-getter for India in their victorious Under-19 star, scored a sparkling century for Punjab as they defeated Karnataka by four runs while Ravindra Jadeja shone for Saurashtra.cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2018 22:04 IST
A superb ton by Test batsman KL Rahul (107) went in vain as Karnataka went down by four runs to Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy Group ‘A’ league here.
Earlier, Punjab,riding on under-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 123 made 269 for 3 in 42 overs in a game reduced after a delayed start owing to a wet outfield.
The right-hander hit eight fours and six sixes in his 122-ball innings and put on 125 runs for the second wicket with Mandeep Singh (64). In the process, he equalled the record of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh of hitting six sixes in a List A innings.
Karnataka continues to top the table with 10 points from four games, while Railways, Punjab, Odisha and Baroda have eight points each. Railways, Odisha and Baroda have played three games while Karnataka and Punjab have played four matches each.
In other matches, Odisha thrashed Assam by nine wickets as Rajesh Dhuper (70 not out) and skipper Govinda Poddar (50 not out) reached the target of 137 in 25.4 overs and Railways posted a 51-run win thanks to an solid batting effort by the top-order.
Ravindra Jadeja blasts century
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja returned to form with an unbeaten century and steered Saurashtra to a four-wicket win over Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Batting at number four, Jadeja smashed a 116-ball 113 not out, inclusive of seven fours and four sixes, as Saurashtra knocked off Jharkhand’s 330-run target with 10 balls to spare.
Captain Cheteshwar Pujara also returned among runs (44 from 54 balls; 6x4) in a 73-run partnership with Jadeja at the Gymkhana Ground in Secunderabad.
A splendid all-round show by Vishal Kushwah helped Chhattisgarh halt Ranji champions Vidarbha’s four-match winning streak with a stunning 45-run victory at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
Vidarbha remained on top with 16 points from five matches but the win lifted Chhattisgarh (12) to second place, going past Hyderabad (12) on net run rate in the group D table. Saurashtra (eight) jumped to fourth place with eight points from four matches.
Assam 136 all out in 46.1 overs (RmarioSharma 49) lost to Odisha 137 for 1 in 25.4 overs (RR Dhuper 70 not out, Govinda Poddar 50 not out). Points: Odisha: 4; Assam: 0.
At Alur: Punjab 269 for 3 in 42 overs (Shubnam Gill 123 not out, Mandeep Singh 64) beat Karnataka 264 for 9 in 42 overs (K L Rahul 107,Pavan Deshpande 53, Vinay Kumar 26 not out, Siddharth Kaul 3 for 47). Points: Punjab: 4; Karnataka: 0.
Railways 272 for 7 in 50 overs (Mrunal Devdhar 68, Saurabh Wakaskar 58, Arindam Ghosh 55, H V Patel 3 for 62) beat Haryana 221 all out in 45.1 overs (C K Bishnoi 79, RP Sharma 50, Ankit Yadav 4 for 36). Points: Railways: 4; Haryana: 0.
Chhattisgarh 284/8; 50 overs (Amandeep Khare 65, Vishal Kushwah 61; Shrikant Wagh 3/58) beat Vidarbha 239 all out; 46.1 overs (Akshay Karnewar 60, Faiz Fazal 53; Kushwah 4/54, Shahnawaz Hussain 3/41) by 45 runs.
Services 296/6; 50 overs (Nakul Verma 125, Rahul Singh 71; Diwesh Pathania 48 not out) lost to Jammu & Kashmir 297/5; 49 overs (Shubham Khajuria 102, Ahmed Bandy 94, Ian Dev Singh 48) by five wickets.
At Gymkhana Ground, Secunderabad: Jharkhand 329/9; 50 overs (Ishan Kishan 93, Sumit Kumar 64) lost to Saurashtra 333/6; 48.2 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 113 not out, Chirag Jani 59) by four wickets.