All-round Bhatia stars in Rajasthan's one-wicket win
Akhil Herwadkar's maiden List A hundred went in vain as Tamil Nadu beat Mumbai by 26 runs in a high-scoring match at the Gymkhana Ground. Herwadkar got Mumbai off to a flying start in their chase of 313, putting on 127 with his opening partner Jay Bista in 116 balls, before falling with Mumbai 141 for 2 in the 23rd over of their innings. Herwadkar had made 107 off 86 balls, with 16 fours and a six.
Mumbai lost another wicket soon after, but Shreyas Iyer (44 off 32) and Aditya Tare (21 off 21) kept the momentum going with a 52-run fourth-wicket stand. They both fell in quick succession, though, and Mumbai lost their way, losing their last seven wickets for 81 runs as their chase spluttered to a close with 28 balls still remaining. The spinners were the most successful bowlers for Tamil Nadu, with List A debutant M Ashwin picking up three wickets with his legbreaks.
Sent in to bat, Tamil Nadu lost their openers early, but B Aparajith (77 off 112 balls), M Vijay (55 off 59), B Indrajith (60* off 52) and R Sathish (52 off 30) all made half-centuries in powering the team to a total of 312 for 7.
Rajat Bhatia's unbeaten 68 steered Rajasthan to a one-wicket win over Assam in a thriller at the Railways Recreation Club. It was the culmination of a stupendous all-round display from Bhatia, who also picked up five wickets with his medium-pace in bowling Assam out inside 45 overs.
Chasing 149, Rajasthan kept losing wickets, but Bhatia - who came in at 38 for 4 - kept them in the hunt, scoring at a strike rate of over 80 through the course of his 82-ball innings, hitting six fours and a six. Bhatia put on 58 for the eighth wicket with Rajesh Bishnoi (17), before Pritam Das took two wickets in five balls to leave them on the brink, needing nine to win with just one wicket in hand. They just about sneaked home, with three balls remaining, with No. 11 Nathu Singh not out on 1 off 5 balls.
A five-wicket haul from Siddarth Kaul helped Punjab defend 238 and beat Hyderabad by 56 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Hyderabad's chase never got going, as Kaul and Barinder Sran struck regularly to leave them 79 for 6. K Sumanth (63) and Pagadala Naidu (35) helped them recover somewhat, but not enough to get close to their target. Their innings folded with 7.2 overs still remaining, with Sumanth unable to bat again after retiring hurt.
Seamers M Ravi Kiran and Chama Milind picked up seven wickets between them, justifying Hyderabad's decision to field first, but thirties from Manan Vohra, Yuvraj Singh, Gurkeerat Singh and Gitansh Khera and a more substantial 66-ball 64 from Mayank Sidhana helped Punjab post a total of 238, their innings ending with two balls still to go.