VHT 2021: Ruturaj and Vohra shine as Maharashtra, Chandigarh get winning start

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad’s century brings the first points for Maharashtra.

Having opted to bat first, Maharashtra had a strong start as openers Rutraj Gaikwad and Yash Nahar put up a 101-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by Ayush Jamwal on 52(63). Skipper Ruturaj scored his 7th List A ton and was dismissed at 102 (109) by Rishi Dhawan. Contributions from Bawne and Azam Kazi helped Maharashtra to put up a 295-8 on the board. Vaibhav Arora was the pick of the bowlers as he took a 4 for including a hattrick while Rishi Dhawan and Ayush Jamwal picked up a couple of wickets each.

In reply, Himachal Pradesh lost their opener, Prashant Chopra, in the second over. Maharashtra bowlers showed their discipline and took wickets at regular intervals, bowling Himachal out for 236. Rajvardhan Hangargeker registered a 4 fer while Mukesh Choudhary and SS Bacchav took a couple each. Abhimanyu Rana was the top-scorer with 46 runs off 71 balls.

Skipper Manan Vohra’s 117 and AN Kaushik’s lead Chandigarh to a terrific chase against Haryana in Elite Group E at Salt Lake, Kolkata.

Batting first Himanshu Rana 102 (125 balls), Rahul Tewatia 73 (39 balls) helped Haryana reach 299/9 in 50 overs but that went in vain.

Uttarakhand 243/4 (43.1) beats Meghalaya 242/6 (50) – A cracking 141 (119 balls) from Jay Bista helped Uttarakhand ease through the chase. IC-Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai in Plate Group Clash.

Rajasthan 274/4 (46.1) beats Pondicherry 273/6 (50)- MN Singh’s crafty 115  helped Rajasthan to a comfortable win in Elite Group D, in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

Assam registered a clinical win against Manipur VB Nest Ground in Chennai.

Rain halted the play and the game was reduced to 33 overs. Manipur was restricted to 108/6 in 28 overs.

In reply, Openers Pallav Kumar Das 75* of 53 balls and Denish Das 36* of 41 sealed a comfortable 10 wicket win for Assam.


Manipur: 108/6 in 28 overs.

Langlonyamba: 25 (52 balls)

Priyojit K: 25b(24 balls).

Pritam Das (1/14)

Rajjakuddin Ahmed (2/11).

Assam: 109/0 in 15.4
Pallav Kumar Das 75* (53 balls)
Denish Das 36* (41 balls)

All-round Bengal start with a win

Half-centuries from skipper Anustup Majumder and youngster Kaif Ahmad along with quality bowling performance ensured that Bengal gets off to a winning start in the Vijay Hazare Trophy by beating Services by 70 runs today at Eden Gardens.

Put to bat first Bengal posted 315/6 in their quota of overs and while defending they bundled Services for 245.

Bengal openers Vivek Singh (39) and Sreevats Goswami (28) showed patience and stitched a 71-run partnership before Pulkit Narang gave Services the breakthrough by removing the Bengal keeper and the latter one was run out after one ball.

After that Bengal skipper, Anustup showed his class with the bat once again with a half-century and Abhimanyu Easwaran gave him company to add 92 runs for the third wicket.

Kaif smashed 11 boundaries and 3 sixes en route to his 53-ball 75 while Bengal all-rounders Shahbaz Ahamed (25), Arnab Nandi (20*) and Writtick Chatterjee (17*) played quickfire cameos to help Bengal cross 300.

While defending Bengal bowlers Ishan Porel, Shahbaz, Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep picked up 2 wickets apiece to derail Services batting lineup.

Services skipper Rajat Paliwal fought well with the bat by scoring 90 while Narang made half-century but that wasn’t enough as Bengal bowlers put up a disciplined show.




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