Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, Group D March 4, 2017

Vinay Kumar cameo tips thriller Karnataka's way

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File photo - Vinay Kumar hit six fours during his unbeaten 35 off 56 balls © BCCI

Karnataka skittled Hyderabad for 108 and limped to the target with one wicket to spare in a match that saw 19 wickets fall in 73.2 overs. Vinay Kumar, playing his first match of the tournament after recuperating from injury, marked his return with a match-winning cameo of 35 off 56 balls, including six fours. He stayed unbeaten along with No.11 Prasidh Krishna and handed Karnataka their fifth win in five games.

Karnataka lost Robin Uthappa and R Samarth inside five overs and stumbled further with captain Manish Pandey, Anirudddha Joshi, and Pavan Deshpande all bagging ducks. Binny then contributed with 14 before Vinay tipped the thriller in Karnataka's favour.

Earlier, offspinner K Gowtham, playing his third List A match, ripped through Hyderabad's line-up with 5 for 28. S Badrinath and Akash Bhandari were the only Hyderabad batsmen to reach double figures.

Parvez Rasool struck a 48-ball 53 and picked up four wickets, including a hat-trick, to give Jammu & Kashmir a low-scorer against Saurashtra in Kalyani. This was Jammu & Kashmir's first win in five matches in this season's Vijay Hazare Trophy.

After being sent in, they were quickly reduced to 40 for 5. Rasool and Ram Dayal, who also made a fifty, then revived the innings with a 57-run partnership. Apart from these two, only Zahoor Sofi reached double-figures. Jaydev Unadkat and Kushang Patel claimed three wickets each to bowl Jammu & Kashmir out for 170 in 46 overs.

Saurashtra fared worse, getting bowled out for 147 in 34.3 overs. Prerak Mankad mounted a fightback with 47 off 43 balls, but it was not enough with wickets tumbling around him. Rasool got rid of Sheldon Jackson, Chirag Jani, and Unadkat off successive balls in the 21st over of the chase to secure the hat-trick.

Chhattisgarh survived half-centuries from Soumya Swain and Suraj Yadav, and registered a 14-run win over Services in Kolkata. Chasing 247, Chhattisgarh fell to 62 for 5, but Swain and Yadav revived the innings and threatened to topple Chhattisgarh. However, it was not to be. The last five wickets fell for 29 runs. Pankaj Rao and Shubham Agarwal claimed three wickets each for Chhattisgarh.

Having opted to bat, Chhattisgarh lost opener Abhimanyu Chauhan in the first over, but Manoj Singh (49), the other opener, and middle-order batsmen Ashutosh Singh (84) and Mohammed Kaif (65) fired to lead their side to 246 for 7.

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  • Anand on March 5, 2017, 11:05 GMT

    Vinaykumar you are a fighter and a smart cricketer, you are underutilized and underrated by national team, keep it up your hard work will pay you back.

  • bhargav on March 5, 2017, 6:05 GMT

    @Paramnp9 yes, but the team needs atleast one good bowler and one batsmen who who could score big - so that these youngsters get groomed. All that is one aspect - Hyderabad cricket's disastrous management is another aspect the team

  • parameswaran on March 5, 2017, 4:07 GMT

    @Bhargav_P: I agree with your comment on Hyderabad team. But, the team did extremely well in Ranji. There are very effective young bowlers like Milind, Siraj and Mehdi. There are also some good batsmen like Sandeep and Akshath. The team will need some more time and focused attention before they can beat major teams. Though Badrinath has led the team well, he has not contributed enough with the bat. The team also lost Vihari to Andhra. These are also contributing factors.

  • Pramod on March 5, 2017, 1:51 GMT

    This was a superb act by Vinay!!Great Show Vinay!!This is why Karnataka became champions under you.May there be more such fightbacks from team Karnataka!!Keep it up.

  • bhargav on March 4, 2017, 18:12 GMT

    For Hyderabad to improve against top teams -- If you see a pattern, Hyderabad has not been able to do well/win against good teams right from the Ranji Trophy to Mustaq Ali and now. Batsmen are chipping with runs and each bowler with couple of wickets. To win big matches they need to have match winners who take 5 wickets hauls & hit big runs. All the best Hyd

  • parameswaran on March 4, 2017, 16:17 GMT

    Excellent fight back by Hyderabad against the strong Karnataka team. Their seam attack of Siraj and Milind has been impressive all through this season.

  • Keshavamoorthy on March 4, 2017, 15:52 GMT

    Vinay. You are superb. Hope he will get one last chance in Indian team

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