Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2012-13 March 27, 2013

Chand ton floors Gujarat, Yadav takes five on return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group A

Unmukt Chand's second consecutive hundred helped Delhi trounce Gujarat by 112 runs and register their first points in the table. It was a solo show by Chand as he hit ten sixes and ten fours in his 125 that came off only 63 balls. The second highest scorer in the line up was opener Dhruv Shorey with 25 runs. All Gujarat bowlers, except Akshar Patel, were taken for plenty as Chand piled on and was out in the last over as Delhi amassed 198 runs. Then Sumit Narwal picked three quick wickets to derail the chase - Gujarat stumbled 18 for 5 in the sixth over and never recovered. The innings was wrapped up in the 18th over.

Vidarbha sealed a comprehensive win over Odisha in Indore. Vidarbha chose to bat and their decision was justified by a quickfire 63 from Ravi Jangid, who struck eight fours and two sixes in his 33-ball knock. He was helped by useful contributions from the middle and lower orders, including Apoorv Wankhede, who made 26 in 10 balls. In response to Vidarbha's 180, Odisha managed only 107. Opener Ankit Yadav batted through the innings to remain unbeaten on 54, but saw wickets tumble at the other end. Only one other player reached double-figures in the chase, wrecked by fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who picked up his first five-for in Twenty20 cricket, taking 5 for 18. Yadav last played for India in the Ahmedabad Test in November 2012 after which he was sidelined due to a back problem. This was his first game of competitive cricket after that break.

Group B

A rapid half-century by Wriddhiman Saha set up Bengal's 14-run win against Uttar Pradesh in Indore. Put into bat, Bengal openers Shreevats Goswami and Subhomoy Das partnered in a 62-run stand, but both were out in quick succession. Saha arrived in the 11th over and along with Laxmi Ratan Shukla, added a further 98 runs in 9.1 overs. He hit two sixes and seven fours in his 35-ball 64. UP stayed abreast with the require rate during the first half of their chase, but lost four wickets during the period. They were 91 for 7 and only a spirited 31-ball 49 by Praveen Kumar took them close to the target. With the win, Bengal went to the top of Group B table with eight point from two games.

Punjab eased to a nine-wicket win over Baroda in Indore, after their bowlers restricted the opposition to 126. Baroda chose to bat, and their opening pair added 44 in 4.4 overs. But captain Aditya Waghmode, who had largely been responsible for the quick start, was the first to fall, and the innings soon slipped to 50 for 3. Krunal Pandya chipped in with 23 in the middle order and was helped by the lower order in pushing the score to 126. Medium-pacer Amitoze Singh picked up three wickets and in a collective bowling effort, was aided by three others who took two each. In the chase, Ravi Inder Singh struck 69 and fellow opener, and captain, Mandeep Singh chipped in with an unbeaten 46. The pair added 118 and that helped Punjab seal the game with more than five overs to spare.

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  • uncle bob on March 28, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    I agree with nampally. Chand is a player who can hit sixes at time and can also play defensive if needed. He should be in the team as a back up for Vijay and Dhawan.

  • Naresh on March 28, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @nampally - quite right about Chand. He is a gem of a player. ian Chappell also mentioned after U19 WC - that India should blood a player like him sooner than later. He has already proved his credentials on fast, bouncy pitches. If the selectors are asleep - they wont see this. My guess is that Chand will be in the ODI team getting ready for next WC.

  • Sony on March 28, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Chand is not a mere 20-20 slogger. He is a long term prospect for india in tests. We should give him enough time to settle down by playing 2 good ranji seasons. Last season was average for him.

  • Pinaki on March 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    U Chand should make his debut in ODIs and T20Is now. Since Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja(in sub-continent) occupy the spots from 3-7, that leaves only the opening spot for the grab. There are a number of worthy candidates like Gambhir, Rahane, Dhawan, Vijay, Chand, Uthappa. I would go with Gambhir and Pujara(he can be a Amla, no 3 in Test and opener in ODI) in ODI with Chand as the back up opener. In T20 it should be Dhawan/Uthappa with Chand. This is a healthy competition for Indian cricket. But when someone is exceptional we need to fast-track him. It may seem unfair to other bench warmers who have done nothing wrong, but then the quality of team is judged as much by the bench strength as by the playing XI.

  • Binu on March 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    At last some good news for DD,they lost KP,Ryder,Irfan,VAron etc,so Warner,Shewag,Chand,Mahela,Kedar Yadv(he is in good form) Naman Ohja,Powen Negi,Sidharth Koul, Morne Morkel,Johan Botha & Umesh Yadav

  • Naman on March 28, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    All those people hyping up Chand should remember that he had a very mediocre Ranji season which is a yardstick to judge the player's ability in India. Also, the Indore pitch has been an excellent pitch for batting and he didn't really set the stage alight during the U-19 WC where he clicked good only in the finals. He should pile up runs on the domestic circuit before being considered. About this hundred, it is a good thing for him as it will help his confidence but we don't really know how many of these runs came of slogs or proper cricketing strokes now, do we? So we should reserve this judgment for the IPL season. If he performs well against International quality bowlers, then I will say that he has it in him to come in the side sooner than later. Dhawan was MOS in U-19 WC in 2004 and has since been inconsistent until now like Chand. So we should let the young man perform on the domestic circuit and not put any undue pressure on him.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    well done unmukt, now intresting who will open with sehwag in IPL

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    we need chand in the team and umesh to come back strong maybe chand can replace tendulkar after tendulkar retires

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Well done team kerala. Kudos to Rohan Prem, Sachin Baby, Jagadeesh, prashant..and all.