Maharashtra vs Saurashtra, Final at Ahmedabad, Hazare Trophy, Dec 02 2022 - Match Result

Final, Ahmedabad, December 02, 2022, Vijay Hazare Trophy
(46.3/50 ov, T:249) 249/5

Saurashtra won by 5 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
133* (136)
Player Of The Series
660 runs
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Maharashtra 248/9(50 overs)
108 (131)
3/43 (10)
37 (33)
1/25 (10)
Saurashtra 249/5(46.3 overs)
133* (136)
2/20 (10)

5:35pm And, that will be that. This has been a riveting season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, with several records tumbling. In the end, though, Saurashtra trumped Maharashtra in another game that was decided by fine margins. But these teams, along with many others, will be back in domestic action soon, with the Ranji Trophy beginning in a few days' time. Till then, this is me (Shashwat) on behalf of Abhimanyu, Ranjith and Sudarshanan signing off. Goodbye and take care!

Jaydev Unadkat, Saurashtra captain: (On the feeling of winning the final) Unbelievable and yet to sink in. Winning one time is amazing but winning it second time proves that we are a champion side. Big game, big guys stepped up. I think that is something I have been looking to do (to set tone). Everyone has to step up at the right time, it is a team game. We have guys who have come into any situation and have won the game for us. I think special mention to the way Sheldon played. The way he played out proves that he belongs at this level and probably at the higher level. If any one guy deserves to play at the higher level, it is Chirag Jani. There were nerves and you know it can go either way. They were on the money in the middle overs. I would also like to congratulate them for an extraordinary season, especially to Rutu and the way he led his side. They deserve nothing less than us. (On how well Saurashtra gel together) I think that is why we have been doing well. A domestic tournament in India is pretty touch. You have to perform through and through. One bad game here and there could cost you the season. The credit goes to everyone - the players and the association, who have been giving us the facilities. The team management as well and the families who are here to support us.

Gaikwad is also the Player of the Series. Here is him speaking again: (Runs in the knockouts) I think it was important for me to get back. I was coming back from injury. I had to lead from the front being the senior player and the responsible batter in the team. Two or three players were young and I had to deliver on the big stage. (On his technique) I am just trying to enjoy the game and just focussing on what is required for the team. Looking to get good starts and tyring to convert them. Trying to be as consistent as I can. I was actually enjoying a lot (at the start of today's innings). The kind of bowling attack they had, and the lines and lengths they were bowling, it was challenging. I was being challenged, so I had to enjoy it and I had to make sure that I was calm and staying till the 42-45th over. To be honest, there was a lot of difference. If the afternoon wicket was the same as it was in the morning, things would have been different. After 25 overs, the wicket got a little bit better. Maybe if the wicket was better, we would have scored 300-320.

Sheldon Jackson, Player of the Match: (On his innings) I am grateful that I came back in form at the right time. Grateful to my teammates, the team management and the association for backing me. Experience counts but if you are not scoring runs, what is the point of experience. The plan was to not lose early wickets to the new ball. After that, just pace your innings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Maharashtra captain: (Runs on the board) I think the toss did play a crucial role, we were lagging behind. It was 30-70 percent of advantage/disadvantage. After 30-40 overs, we were ahead. Batting first, 250 was a very good total. (On early wickets) On this kind of wicket, you can tend to lose one or two wickets. It is part and parcel of the game. Really proud of the way the team played today. Lot of positives (in this tournament). We won eight games on the trot. Most were playing their first final tonight. Really proud of how the team has gone and how the management has taken care of them.

Stick around folks, the post-match presentation ceremony is just round the corner! Time to hear from the players!

5:10pm A fairly comfortable win for Saurashtra in the end, although that did not seem to be the case for large swathes. They won a handy toss but were put under pressure in the middle overs, with Gaikwad scoring his third successive century. Once he was dismissed, though, Saurashtra tightened their grip on the game, eventually restricting Maharashtra to a below-par total. Jackson then replied with a hundred of his own and kept his side ahead of the game, until a middle overs collapse, which included the quick dismissals of Mankad, Vasavada and Vyas, threatened to derail things. Just when the pressure was amped up, though, Jani came out and batted superbly, ensuring that Saurashtra got past the finish line and completed the job.

Plenty of positives to take for Maharashtra, most notably the way their captain batted throughout the tournament. On the day of the final, though, they let themselves down in the field a touch, meaning that their total, which was anyway not a massive score, felt a little smaller.

Ingale to Jackson, FOUR runs

Saurashtra are champions! Length delivery that drifts down the leg side. All Jackson has to do is wait long enough and glance it past fine leg for four. The Saurashtra players run out onto the field and embrace Jackson, who has produced a sensational knock under pressure!

Ingale to Jackson, SIX runs

six more! Banged into the track outside off stump. Jackson sizes it up early, gets into position and smears it over the deep square leg fence

Ingale to Jani, 1 run

angled into the batter on middle and leg stump. Jani comes forward and works it off his pads for a single

end of over 465 runs
SAU: 238/5CRR: 5.17 RRR: 2.75
Chirag Jani29 (24b 3x4)
Sheldon Jackson123 (134b 11x4 4x6)
Mukesh Choudhary 9-1-38-2
Rajvardhan Hangargekar 9-0-70-0
Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, 1 run

full delivery on leg stump. Jani lets the ball come to him before clipping it off his toes towards deep square leg for one

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, no run

short delivery outside off stump. Jani looks for the pull but is slightly early on the stroke, meaning that he shanks it towards mid wicket

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, no run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Jani comes onto the front foot and blocks it down the ground towards the bowler

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, 2 runs

short and down the leg side again. Jani gets inside the line and smashes it towards fine leg, where Hangargekar pulls out the dive and saves a couple of runs

A false start as Jani spots someone moving behind the bowler's arm

Mukesh Choudhary to Jackson, 1 run

dropped, oh dear! Banged into the track down the leg side. Jackson hits it straight down fine leg's throat, where Hangargekar puts down a fairly regulation chance. It has not been Maharashtra's day in the field!

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, 1 run

short delivery outside off stump. Jani rocks onto the back foot and heaves it away towards deep mid wicket for a single

Mukesh to continue. 16 needed off five overs now

end of over 4512 runs
SAU: 233/5CRR: 5.17 RRR: 3.20
Chirag Jani25 (19b 3x4)
Sheldon Jackson122 (133b 11x4 4x6)
Rajvardhan Hangargekar 9-0-70-0
Mukesh Choudhary 8-1-33-2
RS Hangargekar to Jani, 1 run

low full toss outside off stump. Jani reaches out for it and drives it down the ground towards long off for one more run

RS Hangargekar to Jackson, 1 run

length delivery on leg stump. Jackson lets the ball arrive before tucking it off his pads towards mid wicket for a single

Around the wicket now

RS Hangargekar to Jackson, FOUR runs

four more! Short, wide and punished! Too much width and all Jackson has to do is throw his hands at it and crack it past point for four

RS Hangargekar to Jani, 1 run

full delivery outside off stump. Jani looks to repeat the stroke but can only chunk it off the inside edge towards long on for a single

RS Hangargekar to Jani, FOUR runs

superb! Full delivery outside off stump and Jani climbs into it! He springs forward and creams it past extra cover for another boundary

RS Hangargekar to Jackson, 1 run

Ingale back into the attack

end of over 4410 runs
SAU: 221/5CRR: 5.02 RRR: 4.66
Sheldon Jackson116 (130b 10x4 4x6)
Chirag Jani19 (16b 2x4)
Mukesh Choudhary 8-1-33-2
Manoj Ingale 8-1-42-0
Mukesh Choudhary to Jackson, 1 run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Jackson camps in his crease and dabs the ball past backward point for one more run

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, 1 run

back of a length delivery on off stump. Jani gets behind the line of the ball and plays it towards long off with a straight bat for a single

Jani has played a brilliant knock in the context of the game. Has taken the pressure off Jackson and has kept the required run-rate in check

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, 2 runs

dug into the track at the batter on leg stump. Jani rocks onto the back foot and pulls it over mid wicket for a couple of runs

Mukesh Choudhary to Jani, FOUR runs

shot! Length delivery angled across the batter outside off stump. Jani leans into his drive and threads it past extra cover for four

Mukesh Choudhary to Jackson, 1 run

back of a length delivery on leg stump. Jackson drops the ball into the off side and calls his partner through for the single. Maharashtra should not be giving away such singles

Match details
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
TossSaurashtra, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSaurashtra (and Kathiawar) won the 2022/23 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Match days2 December 2022 - day (50-over match)
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