Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar were involved in an unbeaten 186-run partnership
Railways vs Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu continued to dominate the Vijay Hazare Trophy with another stellar show in Jaipur on Wednesday (October 10), this time demolishing Railways by eight wickets. Baba Aparajith was the star of the show, starring with both bat and ball to stretch Tamil Nadu's unbeaten run to seven games now.
Aparajith first grabbed four wickets while conceding just 30 runs in his quota of 10 overs that restricted Railways to 200/9 in 50 overs. Railways were initially pretty well placed at 138 for 2 in 35 overs but couldn't come up with the goods in the slog overs, losing wickets at regular intervals.
They made a positive start with the ball, though, removing openers Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay cheaply within the first five overs. However, Aparajith and Vijay Shankar held fort and ensured there were no further hiccups in the chase. The duo was involved in an unbeaten 186-run partnership that saw Aparajith score a century and Vijay remaining unbeaten on 72 as Tamil Nadu won with 35 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Railways 200/9 in 50 overs (Manish Rao 55, Pratham Singh 43; Baba Aparajith 4-30, Murugan Ashwin 2-39) lost to Tamil Nadu 203/2 in 44.1 overs (Baba Aparajith 111*, Vijay Shankar 72*) by 8 wickets.
Baroda vs Punjab
Punjab picked up their third win of the tournament as they defeated Baroda by just three wickets in a thrilling encounter in Vadodara. In the process, they kept Baroda winless in the tournament so far. Siddarth Kaul gave Punjab an early breakthrough after his side opted to bowl, and the wicket was then followed by a sedate partnership between Aditya Waghmode and Vishnu Solanki. Punjab then struck regularly in the middle overs to keep Baroda in check. Apart from Yusuf Pathan, no other batsman managed to contribute substantially with Kaul doing the damage at the death.
Keeping Baroda to a modest 222, Punjab made a poor start losing Abhijeet Garg for a seven-ball duck. The likes of Abhishek Sharma, Sharad Lumba and Gurkeerat Singh Mann made handy contributions but with none of these batsman converting their starts, Baroda still fancied their chances. But from a precarious 148/6, Punjab roared back into contention with a 68-run partnership between Anmol Malhotra and Karan Kaila. Even though Malhotra fell with seven runs still needed for a win, Kaila guided Punjab over the finishing line with a ball to spare.
Brief scores: Baroda 222/8 in 50 overs (Vishnu Solanki 54, Yusuf Pathan 43; Siddarth Kaul 4-58, Mayank Markande 2-31) lost to Punjab 223/7 in 49.5 overs (Gurkeerat Singh Mann 39, Anmol Malhotra 39; Rishi Arothe 3-47) by 3 wickets.
Services vs Rajasthan
Aditya Garhwal and Rahul Chahar combined to help Rajasthan pick up a comfortable 48-run win over Services in Jaipur. Garhwal was the standout batsman on the day scoring 91 off just 79 balls on a track where the rest of the regular batsmen from both sides failed to strike at more than 100. Garhwal had Chetan Bist for company at the start before Services came back strongly during the death overs to keep Rajasthan to 239/8.
Chasing 240, Services were reduced to 56/4 before a 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket helped them recover. From there on, Rahul Chahar took over as the legspinner first broke the partnership and then ripped through the lower order to end up with four wickets and give his side a resounding win.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 239/8 in 50 overs (Aditya Garhwal 91, Chetan Bist 71; Diwesh Pathania 3-28) beat Services 191 in 44 overs (Mohit Ahlawat 49, Nakul Sharma 42; Rahul Chahar 4-56, SK Sharma 3-40) by 48 runs.
Bengal vs Tripura
Veteran Manoj Tiwary delivered with both bat and ball as Bengal beat Tripura by five wickets to pick up their fourth win in the tournament. Tiwary first struck twice in the middle overs to dent Tripura's charge with the bat when they were 163 for 4 after 37 overs. If not for skipper Manisankar Murasingh's 27-ball 30, Tripura would have struggled to go past 200 as they failed to make use of the initial platform provided by Tanmay Mishra's 72.
With the ball, Tripura did make a strong start picking up the first three wickets including that of skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran with just 70 runs on the board. Tiwary then came out at a crucial juncture to contribute with the bat this time around as he forged a century stand with Agniv Pan to bring Bengal closer to victory. While Tiwary made 85, Pan was dismissed for 57. The two late wickets didn't have an impact as Bengal got home with 17 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Tripura 224 in 49 overs (Tanmay Mishra 72, Milind Kumar 43; Akash Deep 2-29, Manoj Tiwary 2-33) lost to Bengal 227/5 in 47.1 overs (Manoj Tiwary 85, Agniv Pan 57; Manisankar Murasingh 2-32) by 5 wickets.