Iyer century seals Mumbai progress
Nineteen-year-old Shreyas Iyer's maiden List A century helped Mumbai inflict a seven-wicket defeat on Gujarat, the first of this year's tournament for the latter. Mumbai and Gujarat have progressed to the knock-out stages from the West Zone.
Chasing 257, Mumbai were jolted early as they lost both their openers with only 11 on the board but Iyer, playing his first domestic season, partnered Wasim Jaffer in a 122-run stand before adding a further 125 with Suryakumar Yadav, who smashed an unbeaten 81 off 44 balls with eight fours and five sixes. Iyer was unbeaten on 105 off 110 balls that included six fours and four sixes.
Gujarat had made a solid opening after being put into bat but they lost opener Priyank Panchal and Parthiv Patel off consecutive deliveries to Saurabh Netravalkar. Despite losing regular wickets, they kept the scoreboard moving and were propped up by a late surge - a 26-ball 55 from No. 8 Rohit Dahiya. However, the 257-run target did not test Mumbai as they overhauled it within 43 overs.
Ankit Bawne's 110 was in vain as Maharashtra failed to overhaul Saurashtra's target of 304 runs and were handed a 63-run defeat. Bawne anchored the innings with his unbeaten, 122-ball effort even as the rest of the Maharashtra line-up stumbled at the crease, leaving the side at 136 for 7. Bawne's 102-run stand for the eighth-wicket with Anupam Sanklecha injected some fight into the chase but it was never going to be enough for a win.
Earlier, Saurashtra's batsmen, led by Arpit Vasavada's 96 and Cheteshwar Pujara's 81 strung together solid partnerships to power to 303 for 5. Vasavada struck 12 fours in his 87-ball knock but missed out on his maiden List-A century when he was dismissed by Dominic Joseph. Pujara, too, was brisk during his stint, scoring 86 off 89 balls with just two fours.
A top order wobble that saw them stumble to 80 for 5 did not stop Delhi from completing a three-wicket win over Services in a low-scoring game, ensuring their progress to the knock-out stage. Medium-pacer Vikas Tokas' second successive four-for and key strikes from Sumit Narwal (2-24) and Varun Sood (2-23) restricted Services to 147 after they were put in to bat. Services opener Devendra Lochab's 40 was the only significant score in an innings where the next best effort was 22 from No. 9 batsman Ashutosh Aman.
Suraj Yadav and Shadab Nazar then rattled Delhi by reducing them to 56 for 4 before Virender Sehwag's departure made it 80 for 5. However, Rajat Bhatia steadied the chase with 34 off 45 balls, lifting Delhi to the brink of a win before falling to Aman.
A half-century from opener Amitoze Singh and a 49 from Gurkeerat Singh helped Punjab ace a 197-run chase by three wickets against Himachal Pradesh and join Delhi in the knock-out phase. Amitoze's brisk 54-ball 50 had fired Punjab to a good start but the side suffered a stutter when they lost quick wickets. Once Amitoze departed, with the score at 109 for 4, Gurkeerat stepped up. His 64-run partnership with Taruwar Kohli took Punjab close to the win, and they eventually got there in 38 overs.
Earlier, Himachal had clawed their way to 196 from a difficult position of 73 for 5. Paras Dogra (53) and Rishi Dhawan (42) led the fight-back with an 80-run, sixth-wicket stand. However, once the pair were dismissed, the innings folded quickly. Sandeep Sharma (3-39) was the most successful bowler for Punjab while Amitoze (2-32) and Baltej Singh (2-29) also accounted for crucial wickets.
Jammu & Kashmir snuck an eight-run win over Haryana in their final zonal league match. Chasing 285, Haryana were struggling at 123 for 6 but a lower-order rally led by Joginder Sharma's 64 helped them take the fight to J&K. The last-wicket pair of Kamran Shaikh and Ashish Hooda pitched in with a handy stand of 42 runs that took the side close to the target. However, Waseem Raza got the wicket of Hooda with two balls remaining to seal the win for J&K.
Earlier, J&K piled up 284 for 8 after most of their batsmen got starts. Ian Dev Singh's 64 led the way with contributions from Shubham Khajuria (45) at the top and cameos from Samiullah Beigh (47) and Obaid Haroon (38) in the lower order.