Assam v Delhi, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13, final March 3, 2013

Unmukt Chand leads Delhi to Vijay Hazare title

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Delhi 290 for 9 (Chand 116, Bisht 52, Pritam 3-54) beat Assam 215 (Jadhav 87, Bhatia 3-36) by 75 runs

Unmukt Chand continued his habit of scoring hundreds in a final with a 116 against Assam in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam. After scoring 290 for 9, Delhi's bowling and fielding ensured they won the final by 75 runs as they dismissed Assam for 215 within 45 overs.

Once Assam chose to field, Chand and Puneet Bisht provided Delhi a steady start, putting on 97 for the first wicket. Bisht scored a brisk 64-ball 52 but was dismissed in the 21st over. Gautam Gambhir was soon sent back to the pavilion 10 runs later when he was caught by AK Das off Syed Mohammad for 5.

Chand and Jagrit Anand steadied the ship again, putting together 115 in 100 balls for the third wicket. When Anand got out for 48, Delhi were 222 for 3 in 40.1 overs and were set for a big score but Assam, led by Pritam Das, ensured they were kept to 290 as they took the next seven wickets for 55 runs. Chand scored his maiden List A hundred which included eight fours and three sixes. Milind Kumar's unbeaten cameo of 31 from 22 balls meant that Delhi's lower order didn't collapse completely and they set up a competitive score.

In reply, Assam lost opener Pritam Debnath to a run-out in the third over, and four overs later, Sibsankar Roy was dismissed by Parvinder Awana for 10. Pallavkumar Das and Dheeraj Jadhav put on 30 runs in the next eight overs but Pallavkumar was also run-out, for 31, in the 15th over. Varun Sood capitalised on the opportunity and dismissed the new batsman Tarjinder Singh, leaving Assam at 72 for 4. Before Gokul Sharma and Jadhav could consolidate the innings, Sood struck again, getting Gokul caught for 11.

Assam only managed to build small partnerships throughout the match which wasn't enough to chase a target of 291. Jadhav held one end but his knock of 87 from 114 could not take them close to victory. Rajat Bhatia picked up three wickets from there, including Jadhav's, and finished with figures of 3 for 36 from his seven overs which sealed the victory for Delhi. Sood finished with 2 for 46 in 10 overs.

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  • Sachin on March 3, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    India should Play new openers in all formats, dont inlcude Sehwag and Gambhir, if they doesnt prove at domestic circuit or in county. We need to open with another Delhi Duo in ODIs and T-20 its Shikar Dhawan and Unmukt Chand and in Test Tamil Nadu duo Vijay and Mukund. After Chand proves good in lesser version he can replaced Vijay in long format too. My team after Tendulkar retirement. 1. Mukund 2. Vijay/Chand (After 2015 world cup), 3. Pujara 4. Rahane 5 Kohli 6. Jadeja (if he fails to prove his batting credentials than Rayudu or another all rounder from U-19 cricket team Baba Aparjith), 7. Dhoni 8. Bhuvi 9. Aaroon 10. Umesh 11. Ojha/ Ashwin Reserves: Shami Ahmed/Sandip Sharma/Sandip Warrier/ Sid Kaul/Ishwar Pandey/Ankit Rajpoot (Any 3 of the pack), Mandeep Singh/Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwary as reserve middle order batsmen, Jivanjot Singh/Lokesh Rahul as a reserve opener and CM Gautham/Aditya Tare as reserve wk-batsmen.

  • Sachin on March 3, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    We need to give him chance as a opener to groom him for next world Cup in Australia 2015, as U-19 player he had played 2 tournaments in Australia one a quadrangluar including SA and NZ and othe rWorld cup and in bothe the finals vs Australia he hit hundred, if we groom him properly he will play a very important role in Australia come 2015, as we groom Kohli before 2011 world cup.

  • Sanjay on March 3, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    And now.....a big call from fellow Indian fans for Chand to be in the Indian Test team, all this despite no worthy scores in the just concluded Ranji Season. Still, well done to him in this match and I hope he does go on to be an impt player for us.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    He seems to be opposite of SRT, we should play SRT till finals and Unmukt in finals..

  • Sarthak on March 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Would not mind seeing Unmukt at CWC '15. Congrats Delhi. Also Assam did well in coming all the way to the final.

  • Binu on March 3, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Play Chand only in finals he is a sure bet in finals !

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Well done Delhi Boys. You truly deserved it. Delhi has so much talent yet they have rarely delivered that. Looking to see some more Delhites getting a chance in the national team.

  • Rajan on March 3, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Unmukt Chand = Big Match Player

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