Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, Group B February 28, 2017

Jadhav's 64-ball 113 roughs up Delhi

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File photo - Kedar Jadhav's 64-ball 113 contained 11 fours and eight sixes © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

A blazing hundred from Kedar Jadhav led Maharashtra to a 195-run win against Delhi at the DRIEMS ground in Cuttack. Sent in to bat, Maharashtra were 79 for 2 in the 18th over, following a 52-run second-wicket stand between Vijay Zol (35) and Naushad Shaikh, when Jadhav walked in. From there, he stitched partnerships of 107 for the third wicket with Shaikh (52) and 59 for the fourth with Nikhil Naik (63 off 46) before he was out for 113 off 64 balls, with 11 fours and eight sixes. Useful contributions from the lower middle order propelled Maharashtra to a total of 367 for 8.

Delhi's chase began with a 64-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan (24) and Gautam Gambhir (53 off 57 balls) and fell apart steadily thereafter. They were bowled out for 172 in only 33.4 overs as the left-arm spinner Jagdish Zope ran through their line-up with figures of 5 for 19, his maiden five-wicket haul in only his third List A match.

A five-wicket haul from Aswin Crist helped Tamil Nadu bowl Himachal Pradesh out for 216 before they coasted to an eight-wicket win courtesy a century from Kaushik Gandhi at Barabati Stadium. Crist dismissed the opener Prashant Chopra in the seventh over of the innings, and later ran through Himachal's lower order to finish with figures of 5 for 31 from 9.5 overs. Himachal had only one partnership of note in their innings - 89 between Robin Bist (57) and Ankit Kaushik (62 off 60 balls) for the fifth wicket, and were bowled out in 49.5 overs.

Gandhi steered Tamil Nadu's chase, scoring an unbeaten 107 off 131 balls (12x4, 2x6), putting on 107 for the second wicket with B Aparajith (52) and an unbroken 86 for the third with Dinesh Karthik (45*). They reached their target in 42.2 overs.

Sarfaraz Khan's maiden List A century went in vain as Tripura sneaked to a two-wicket win against Uttar Pradesh in a low-scoring thriller at the KIIT Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Sent in to bat, UP were bowled out for 197 in 41.2 overs, with the new-ball pair of Abhijit Sarkar and Ajoy Sarkar sharing seven wickets. UP found Abhijit particularly difficult to deal with - he finished with figures of 3 for 14 from nine overs.

In the midst of all that, Sarfaraz, walking in at 38 for 4, scored 100 off 103 balls, with 12 fours and two sixes, before he was last man out. UP could have been bowled out for less than 100 - they were 39 for 6 at one stage, and only recovered thanks to a 90-run seventh-wicket stand between Sarfaraz and Kuldeep Yadav (25).

Tripura made a solid start to their chase, moving to 71 for 2 courtesy opener Udiyan Bose's run-a-ball 45. But they slipped to 73 for 5, with wristspinners Kuldeep and Piyush Chawla getting among the wickets, before Smit Patel (53 off 56) and Gurinder Singh pulled them back on track with a sixth-wicket stand of 102. Three more wickets then fell for the addition of six runs, leaving Tripura 17 runs away from their target with only two wickets in hand, but Gurinder (64*, 90b, 7x4, 1x6) and Dwaipayan Bhattacharjee (6*) steered them home in the 44th over.

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  • J on March 1, 2017, 9:13 GMT

    What a find kedar jadhav is turning out to be. It is sad that he wasn't given a chance to play in the national team until he was past 30. Had he been given a fair chance earlier, he could have contributed a lot more. In general, new players should be given a few chances to prove their mettle; otherwise we will see more cases like kedar jadhav who wanted some of the best years from the prime of his career waiting in the sidelines while undeserving players got a uninterrupted run.

  • RAJARAMAN on March 1, 2017, 8:02 GMT

    KJ is emerging as a good alternative to MSD provided he hones his wk skills.

  • shyamj8463513 on March 1, 2017, 4:45 GMT

    @rmallick: To further carry forward your point, playerls like ankit bawne and robin bist(who averages 48 as a wicketkeeper) don't even make the india a squad.The grind of domestic cricket does not even mean anything anymore. Players are selected in one format on the basis of performances in another format. Shikhar dhawan should not even be included in the test squads unless he gets runs at the ranji level. My openers would be Vijay, Rahul, Munkund and Panchal. Also im calling it now ishant not picking wickets will be fine when we play at home. When we step away we need him to get wickets. Yet commentators will say he's unlucky. Some deserving fast bowlers are there in the domestic circuit too. Hope they are picked as well.

  • Suhas on March 1, 2017, 4:43 GMT

    Why Raina is not playing as First class match. Is he wounded? Gambir, Yuvi, Shikhar etc are playing in Ranaji as well as other match when they are available. Raina not to the mark in International Match because of his poor form, but also he is not playing any first class match to Improve his form. But selector keep on selecting him either 50 or T20 international only because of his fielding skills. Selectors should select some cricket enthusiast player who are in good form not like Raina who has in poor form.

  • mallick on February 28, 2017, 18:09 GMT

    @VIMALAN:absolutely spot on. After long time I can see a very sensible comment from a fan. There are many players not good enough for a particular format but selectors and captain, coach back them unnecessarily. Take an example of Rahane, he has not performed at all in England series but only just he recovered from injury so he got selected in this series in place of Nair who plays spin well and had scored tripple century.

  • rjohnr2835348 on February 28, 2017, 17:51 GMT

    Shikhar dhawan to improve batting

  • rjohnr2835348 on February 28, 2017, 17:48 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan wil playing big inning in next match and continuous match

  • Sriram on February 28, 2017, 17:23 GMT

    Kedara omission from T20 was baffling. He might still be around for next world cup. I hope he gets a couple of good scores in Champs trophy and seals his spot

  • Keshavamoorthy on February 28, 2017, 16:37 GMT

    Shikar Dhawan failing in Ranji matches too. Will be a joke if he gets selected in Indian team for champion trophy

  • Lokesh on February 28, 2017, 16:36 GMT

    Jadhav! You beauty! Well the sad part is such a great talent & finished is playing for Team India after he's 30 and whereas players like Rahane, Raina, Ishant, Jadeja have been persistent or rather more or less have their spots reserved as if there's some reservation quota system in the team. And baring Jadeja these players haven't proved them in domestic cricket.

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