Prashant's 159 helps HP register 185-run win
Prashant Chopra's career-best List A score of 159 helped Himachal Pradesh thrash Delhi by 185 runs in Bhubaneshwar. Chopra, whose third List A century included 24 fours and three sixes, took HP to 339 for 8 before their bowlers, led by debutant spinner Dheeraj Kumar (5-24), bowled Delhi out for 154.
Chopra had scored 159 of HP's 233 before he was dismissed, putting up partnerships of 81 for the first wicket with Ankush Bains (21) and 115 for the third wicket with Paras Dogra (77 off 65). After Chopra fell in the 39th over, before HP scored 106 runs off the remaining 71 deliveries. While Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya took three wickets each, all seven Delhi bowlers went in excess of six runs per over.
Chasing 340, Delhi lost opener Gautam Gambhir (0) and captain Rishabh Pant (2) early. By the 14th over, they were struggling at 53 for 4 with Pankaj Jaiswal collecting three early wickets. A fifth-wicket partnership between opener Sarthak Ranjan (37) and Milind Kumar (29) took Delhi past the 100-run mark, but Dheeraj struck regularly to bowl out Delhi 185 runs short of HP's total.
Tamil Nadu completed a seven-wicket win in Cuttack after their bowlers dismissed Uttar Pradesh for 159. Half-centuries from Dinesh Karthik (56*) and Vijay Shankar (58*) took them past the target in the 28th over.
UP's innings was made up of two batting collapses sandwiched between a 59-run fifth wicket partnership between Sarfaraz Khan (31) and Rinku Singh (37) that took their team past the 100-run mark. They lost their first four wickets for 66 runs while the last five fell for 34 as they were bowled out inside 36 overs. While M Mohammed (2-34) troubled UP's top order, Aswin Crist (2-38) and Rahil Shah (2-25) chipped in with crucial lower-order wickets.
TN lost three early wickets in their chase, but an unbroken 101-run fourth-wicket partnership between Karthik and Shankar meant their team crossed the line with 22 overs to spare and complete their second win in as many days.
Half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad (79), Naushad Shaikh (57) and captain Kedar Jadhav (71) helped Maharashtra defeat Kerala by 122 runs in Cuttack. Defending 312, Maharashtra's Pradeep Dadhe (4-33) and Shamshuzama Kazi (3-25) took regular wickets to bowl Kerala out for 189 in the 40th over.
Kerala's openers gave their team a strong start to the chase, but constant dismissals, including three top-order wickets from Dadhe, saw them collapse from 49 for no loss to 61 for 5 in the space of eight overs. Mohammed Azharuddeen (50) and Iqbal Abdulla (60) added 109 runs for the seventh wicket, but it was all in vain as Kazi ran through the lower-order to skittle Kerala out for 189.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra overcame an early wobble to post 311 in 50 overs. Gaikwad and Jadhav put together 104 runs for the third wicket, while a late surge from Shaikh, Shrikant Mundhe (31) and Kazi (27) ensured a strong finish to their innings. Jalaj Saxena took wickets in the latter half to finish with figures of 4 for 51 off nine overs.