Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group D December 16, 2015

Chawla, Chaubey topple Saurashtra

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Piyush Chawla picked up the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja to dent Saurashtra in Rajkot © BCCI

Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored for Saurashtra, but couldn't prevent his side from going down for the second time in four matches. Uttar Pradesh, riding on a combined effort by their India internationals, won by five wickets at the Madhavrao Scindia ground in Rajkot to put themselves in a good position to secure a berth in the quarter-finals.

Saurashtra, who were sent in to bat, were tottering right at 7 for 3, with Praveen Kumar removing the openers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then chipped in with the scalp of Aarpit Vasavada (39) to expose the lower order by the halfway mark. That they managed to post 189 was courtesy the tail - the last four wickets added 90, with Kamlesh Makwana, who made 35 not out, leading the rearguard action. While the seamers did the damage upfront, Piyush Chawla, the legspinner, also reaped the rewards, finishing with 3 for 53 off 10 overs.

UP lost their openers with only 33 on the board, putting the onus on Suresh Raina to steer them clear of danger. When he fell for 18, Saurashtra were in with a sniff, but their hopes were extinguished by Shubham Chaubey, the debutant, who piloted the chase with an unbeaten 85. His 82-run stand for the fourth wicket with Eklavya Dwivedi (38) took UP to the doorstep of victory. Akshdeep Nath then polished off the chase with an unbeaten 28 as UP won with 32 balls to spare.

Himachal Pradesh climbed to the top of the Group D table after cruising to a seven-wicket win over Goa.

Goa were given a steady start by openers Sagun Kamat (57) and Swapnil Asnodkar (37) after they were put in. The pair added an opening stand of 62 after which Kamat combined with Keenan Vaz to add 46 for the second wicket. Kamat's dismissal in the 33rd over triggered a batting collapse as Himachal's bowlers, led by pacer Pankaj Jaiswal, bowled out Goa for 184 in 45.4 overs; Goa lost their last seven wickets for only 45 runs. Jaiswal had returns of 3 for 26 in 7.4 overs, while Bipul Sharma, Rahul Singh and Nikhil Gangta claimed two wickets apiece.

Prashant Chopra drove most of Himachal's chase with a brisk 67, that included nine fours and two sixes. Himachal wobbled after a solid opening stand as Shadab Jakati picked up three quick wickets. Paras Dogra and Dhawan then steered Himachal to the target with an unbeaten partnership of 61 for the fourth wicket.

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