Dogra fires Himachal to big win; Jadeja slams 134

A round-up of the Vijay Hazare Trophy Group D matches played on December 11, 2015

Ravindra Jadeja signals his half-century, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 2, 2014

File photo: Ravindra Jadeja smashed eight fours and six sixes for his 134  •  AFP

Half-centuries from Prashant Chopra (91), Robin Bist (84) and Paras Dogra (78) powered Himachal Pradesh to an 89-run win over Bengal. Sent in to bat, Himachal lost Ankush Bains early before Chopra and Bist got them going with a 157-run second-wicket stand. With that platform in place, Dogra (78 off 48 balls, 2x4, 6x6) and Rishi Dhawan (31, 26b, 4x4) exploded, putting on 101 off a mere 61 balls, eventually helping Himachal post a total of 308 for 7.
Having slipped to 20 for 2 inside the fourth over, Bengal were always up against it. Sudip Chatterjee and Manoj Tiwary steadied them with a 65-run third-wicket stand, but both of them fell in a collapse that saw Bengal lose five wickets for 17 runs. From 102 for 7, Pankaj Shaw (68, 53b, 6xr, 2x6) fought alongside the lower order, but Bengal had too much left to get and too few wickets in hand. They were eventually bowled out for 219 with 13.3 overs still to play.
Centuries from Sheldon Jackson and Ravindra Jadeja trumped a fighting hundred from Jalaj Saxena, as Saurashtra hung on for a seven-run win against Madhya Pradesh in Rajkot. Saurashtra, batting first, were precariously placed at 53 for 3 before Jackson and Jadeja counterattacked by adding 135 runs in 24 overs. Jackson hit 11 fours and four sixes in his 108-ball 111, while Jadeja's 134 featured eight fours and six sixes. After Jackson was run out in the 37th over, Jadeja added a further 152 runs with Chirag Jani, who blasted 77 off 43 balls, with three fours and six sixes. Their efforts boosted Saurashtra to 340 for 5.
MP began their mammoth chase positively, as the openers Jalaj and Rajat Patidar (53) put up a stand of 109 runs in 91 balls. Despite the wicket of Patidar, Jalaj kept MP within touch of the asking rate, stroking a run-a-ball 133 with 17 fours. He also received much-needed support from Naman Ojha, as the pair's 86-run partnership deflated the Saurashtra bowlers. At 286 for 5, with Jalaj still at the crease, MP's equation of 55 needed off 42 balls seemed doable. However, MP suffered a big blow in the 47th over, as Saurya Sanandiya (3 for 59) struck to remove Jalaj. Wickets continued to tumble after that, and MP's final pair of Ishwar Pandey and Puneet Datey were unable to get the eight runs required off the final over, as the team was bowled out for 333.