Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13

Baroda win thriller after Yusuf ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 18, 2013

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West Zone

Yusuf Pathan found his touch again with a typically aggressive 116, off only 102 balls to help Baroda overhaul Saurashtra's 299 at the Poona Club Ground, but it was a tense affair with Baroda getting there by one wicket. It was a terrific knock under pressure as Baroda were in trouble at one stage at 29 for 3 and later 127 for 5. Jyot Chhaya joined Pathan at the fall of the fifth wicket and the pair added 135 for the sixth wicket with Chhaya blasting five sixes in his 55-ball 82. The stand took the game away from Saurashtra. Pathan had all but taken Baroda over the line, when he was dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat 19 away from the target. His was the eighth wicket to fall, giving Saurashtra the edge. Bhargav Bhatt made the difference with a 13-ball 21 to help Baroda sneak home. Earlier, half-centuries by Sheldon Jackson and Rahul Dave took Saurashtra to a tall score. Dave missed his century by four runs.

D Subramanian made it a debut to remember as his 61 helped Mumbai beat Maharashtra under lights in Pune. His half-century, plus a couple of 40s by Siddhesh Lad and Aditya Tare helped Mumbai to 255. For Maharashtra, Ankit Bawne was the only player to offer resistance with 63. The middle order failed to contribute as Mumbai took control after the 35th over and restricted Maharashtra to 205.

South Zone

Centuries by the openers Robin Uthappa and KL Rahul helped Karnataka to their fourth straight win, over Hyderabad in Porvorim. Karnataka posted 305 and half-centuries by Hanuma Vihari and Bavanaka Sandeep kept Hyderabad in the hunt, but a four-wicket haul by Stuart Binny sealed the match for Karnataka. Hyderabad won the toss and had to wait 34 overs for their first breakthrough. Uthappa and Rahul added 206 before Uthappa was trapped lbw for 103. It was a continuation of Uthappa's dream run, which includes recent scores of 169, 54 and 49. Rahul was dismissed four overs later for a 107-ball 110, which included nine fours. Manish Pandey made a quick 42 to help Karnataka get close to 300, but the rest of the batting collapsed. Ironically, the Hyderabad bowler who bowled the maximum quota of 12 overs was their most expensive, Ashish Reddy, who leaked 88 but picked up three wickets. Hyderabad responded strongly with a stand of 140 between Vihari and captain Sandeep for the third wicket. SL Akshay's spell changed the course of the game. The seamer got rid of Vihari for 84, and then Sandeep for 72. With both well-set batsmen dismissed, Karnataka made further inroads. Akshay's spell led to Hyderabad losing four wickets for 27, with the bowler finishing with figures of 4 for 50. Binny cleaned up the lower order to help Karnataka win by 47 runs.

Half-centuries by Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby helped Kerala to their third win, beating Tamil Nadu by five wickets in Margao. Tamil Nadu chose to bat first and it was their captain Dinesh Karthik who led the way with a 55-ball 73 that included eight fours and three sixes. Yo Mahesh smashed 40 off 18 balls to lift Tamil Nadu to 257 for 7. Sreesanth was expensive, conceding 83 off his 11 overs. The chase was led by Samson and Baby, who came together at 127 for 4 in the 28th over and added 94 for the fifth wicket. Baby fell for 61, but Samson remained unbeaten on 85 to see his team through.

A knock of 125 from opener Srikar Bharat, his highest List A score, and a combined bowling effort led Andhra to a 170-run victory over Goa in Vasco da Gama. Chasing 261, Goa, with eight batsmen scoring in single digits, folded for 91. The 119-run opening stand between Bharat and Prasanth Kumar, who scored 37, and a 74-run stand between Bharat and B Sumanth, who scored 45, were the bedrock of Andhra's innings. In reply, Goa were jolted early by seamer Syed Sahabuddin, who reduced them to 19 for 3. Andhra bowlers kept chipping away at Goa, and the game was wrapped up by the 26th over.

East Zone

It was a low-scorer at Eden Gardens as Bengal beat Jharkhand by three wickets chasing a modest 162. Bengal justified their decision to field when they had the opposition at 84 for 6. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Iresh Saxena made inroads in the top and middle order, before Shami Ahmed took three lower-order wickets to bowl out Jharkhand in the 38th over. Kumar Deobrat was the top scorer with 45. Bengal got off to a poor start, losing their top three to single-figure scores. A couple of 30s by Subhomoy Das and Wriddhiman Saha put Bengal on the recovery path. Things got tight at 136 for 7, but Shami's three sixes in his unbeaten 23 ensured the hosts got through.

Another low-scorer was played out at the Jadavpur University Complex in Kolkata, as Odisha beat Tripura by four wickets. Odisha chose to field, and all seven bowlers contributed in bowling out Tripura for 165 within 46 overs. Manisankar Murasingh was the top scorer with 32. Odisha got of to a poor start when they lost two wickets by the fifth over. Tripura sensed they were in with a chance when they had the opposition at 87 for 5. A stand of 51 between Lagnajit Samal and Rakesh Mohanty put Odisha back on track. Mohanty remained unbeaten on 42.

Central Zone

An unbeaten 101 off 94 balls by Jatin Saxena helped Madhya Pradesh beat Rajasthan by six wickets at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. The Madhya Pradesh bowlers did well to restrict Rajasthan to 211 after winning the toss. Wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik was the top scorer with 63 and the only batsman to pass fifty. Anurag Singh finished with 3 or 41. Saxena came in at the fall of the first wicket, in the third over, and stayed till the end. He hit 15 fours in his knock and shared stands of 83 and 87 with Anand Singh and Rameez Khan respectively.

It was a one-sided affair at the Emerald High School ground in Indore as Uttar Pradesh piled on 286 and thrashed Vidarbha by 96 runs. Uttar Pradesh were put in to bat and there were half-centuries by Tanmay Srivastava, Prashant Gupta and Akshdeep Nath. An opening stand of 94 between Srivastava and Gupta set the platform and towards the end, Nath smashed an unbeaten 70 off just 47 balls to push Uttar Pradesh to 286. Akshay Kolhar was the only batsman to offer resistance for Vidarbha with 76. Imtiaz Ahmed was the most effective bowler for UP with 3 for 38.

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Posted by azeemparayil on (February 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

good going kerala, just a win away from knockouts

Posted by Des_65 on (February 19, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Sorry, its -1 (minus 1) for losing by more than 10%. This is OK.

Posted by Des_65 on (February 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

When a losing team loses by more than 10% runs, why they get a point? But, a losing team even with 1 run loss gets 0 points. Ridiculous! It is fine to give an extra point (4+1) to winning team for winning by more than 10% difference (in 40% overs wjile chasing or winning by 10% or more runs while batting first).

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Kudos to the KERALA Team for beating Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu and Andhra in the Vijay Hazare matches. They have done extremely well in the Ranji matches also.Kerala should also beat the fancied Karnataka in the matches ahead and take the Vijay Hazare trophy. Ramamoorthy.A Melbourne, Australia

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Guys... We need an experienced Pacer too... Ajit Agarkar has shown good form in this tournament... 8 wkts in 3 matches with an economy of 3.20... He has captained Mumbai to the Ranji Trophy title too... What say... :)

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 19, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

KL Rahul,Robin Utthappa,Dinesh Karthik,Manish Pandey,Yosuf Pathan,Stuart Binny,Rishi Dhawan,Akhsdeep Nath,Ikbal Abdulla,Shami Ahmad,Iswar Pandey will make a good 11 based on these Vijay Hazare matches :)

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Robin Uthappa shoud be recalled for Indain team. anyhow indian openers sre struggilng lot, this is the time for Robin to make a come back :)

Posted by Harshu88 on (February 19, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Well played shami. . I thnk wagh is also good indian prospect. .he is wicket taker as well as good lower order batsman

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 19, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Both Uthappa & Dinesh Karthik should be in Indian team. DK is fighting for TN in every match so far. Unfortunately TN losing since new bowlers.

This is the reason Uthappa given chance in T20, but not enough chances. They removed him by seeing him very few matches.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

Yousuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa are in great form. India selectors must must recall these attacking players in limited overs cricket.

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

This is why India needs Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan back in the squads.

Posted by indian_fight on (February 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

shami ahmed showing his batting talent ,he showed it earlier in West Indies also for India A

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