Mumbai bounce back for four-run win
Mumbai showed off their famous tenacity in domestic cricket by fighting back to take a four-run victory over Baroda. After being bowled out for a meagre 201, Mumbai were in big trouble as Aditya Waghmode's 69 took Baroda to 157 for 4 in the 35th over. But Baroda lost five wickets for 23 to leave the final pair needing to make 22. The unlikely hero for Mumbai was 20-year-old part-time offspinner Akhil Herwadkar, playing only his second List A game. In 30 youth ODIs, Herwadkar has only one wicket, but with his team in crisis, he chipped in with three, including the final one of Lukman Meriwala.
Another youngster, 17-year-old Sarfaraz Khan, came to Mumbai's rescue with the bat. He top scored with an unbeaten 41 to guide Mumbai past 200. Other major contributions came from the vastly experienced pair of Wasim Jaffer and Suryakumar Yadav. Yet another youngster, 19-year-old Deepak Hooda, did most of the damage for Baroda, taking 5 for 55 in only his second List A match.
A violent half-century from Jesal Karia provided the finishing touches as Gujarat gunned down a target of 267 against Maharashtra in Motera. He was unbeaten on 56 off 25 balls, including seven fours and two sixes as the game was closed with 11 balls to spare.
Gujarat's decision to field had seemed to pay off with only Harshad Khadiwale's 54 being the only significant contribution from the Maharashtra top-four. The middle-order though posed a greater challenge as birthday boy Nikhil Naik struck a breezy 64 while captain Rohit Motwani and Nikhil Paradkar struck forties to push the total to 266.
A fifty from opener Smit Patel gave exactly the kind of foundation Gujarat would have wanted to spring from. They made steady progress through the middle overs with captain Parthiv Patel's 45 off 53 and Karia used that foundation to smash 31 runs in three overs with Rujul Bhat for the fifth wicket and 45 runs in four for the sixth wicket to spoil Naik's party and give himself a belated 25th birthday present.
A five-wicket haul from the medium-pacer Rituraj Singh, followed by an unbeaten half-century from Virat Singh helped Jharkhand get off to a winning start, as they crushed Tripura by eight wickets in Kolkata.
Tripura, batting first, began shakily and were precariously placed at 30 for 5 before Nirupam Sen Chowdhary and Rakesh Solanki led a mini-recovery with an 87-run partnership. Solanki top-scored with 63 and Sen Chowdhary hit 42, but both batsmen were dismissed within four overs of each other, triggering another collapse. Rituraj ran through the tail to collect 5 for 34, as Tripura fell from 117 for 5 to 173 all out.
Jharkhand lost the opener Ishank Jaggi early, but they were never really in danger of missing out on such a small target. Virat stroked 11 fours and a six during his 86, and put up big stands with Ishan Kishan (36) and Kumar Deobrat (48*) to guide the team home in 33.3 overs.
Odisha's bowlers set up a comprehensive five-wicket victory against Assam at the Bengal Cricket Academy. Assam, having been inserted, were bundled out for 103 in 44.3 overs, with only three batsmen managing double-digit scores. Odisha's bowlers all went at under four an over, with Basant Mohanty (3 for 14) and Deepak Behera (3 for 16) sharing six wickets between them, and Paresh Patel chipping in with 2 for 12.
Odisha began the chase with a 55-run opening stand from Paresh and Bikas Pati, but four quick wickets from Pritam Das dragged the team down to 77 for 5. However, with only a few runs left to get, Anurag Sarangi dashed any hopes of an unlikely Assam win by scoring 22 not out to lead Odisha over the line in 23.2 overs.