Jharkhand top group after Anukul Roy's heroics

11 October 2018 19:17 Sports Desk

In a nail-biting finish, Jharkhand rode on a fine all-round performance from Anukul Roy to sneak past Services by 25 runs in Chennai. With this win, they finished at the top of the points table, and set up a date with Maharashtra in the quarterfinals.

Chasing a stiff target of 291, Services were on course for a major part of the second half, courtesy fifties from Rajat Paliwal and Rahul Singh who stitched a fine 134-run stand for the third wicket. However, once they fell, the wheels started coming off gradually and the final five wickets fell for just 29 runs.

Aaron finished with a four-fer, all scalps coming in the top order while Roy's four-fer saw him cleaning up the tail to take his side through. Earlier on, Jharkhand's innings was set up by half-centuries from Kumar Deobrat, Saurabh Tiwary and Roy who provided the final flourish with the bat. It was an impact knock from the all-rounder who then went further by having a good outing with the ball.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 290 (Kumar Deobrat 88, Saurabh Tiwary 65, Anukul Roy 58; Diwesh Pathania 2/40) beat Services 265 in 47.4 overs (Gahlaut Rahul Singh 75, Rajat Paliwal 68; Anukul Roy 4/53, Varun Aaron 4/55) by 25 runs.

Assam v Jammu and Kashmir

A comprehensive performance in Group C of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, saw Jammu and Kashmir signing off from their campaign with a clinical win over Assam on Thursday (October 11). Fluent fifties from openers Ahmed Bandy and Shubham Khajuria set the tone for Jammu and Kashmir's strong batting performance and although the middle order failed to fully capitalize on the platform, they ended up with a fairly competitive total.

Assam's chase never really got going with wickets falling from the word go and skipper Amit Sinha was left to wage a lone battle as half the side was back in the hut before the 20th over. Abu Nechim offered some support, but by then the damage had already been done. It was a collective effort from Jammu and Kashmir's bowlers who made short work of the defense.

Despite the defeat, and only one win in the league stage - one less than bottom-placed Rajasthan, Assam have finished second last in Elite C and avoided relegation to the Plate division.

Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir 272/7 in 50 overs (Ahmed Bandy 79, Shubham Khajuria 72) beat Assam 193 in 48.2 overs (Amit Sinha 81; Irfan Pathan 3/38, Umar Nazir Mir 3/54) by 79 runs.

Bengal v Gujarat

In a relatively low-scoring game, Gujarat's bowlers helped them defend a middling total of 214 to emerge victorious against Bengal on a slightly two-paced pitch in Chennai. The target was gettable but Bengal never got that one sizeable partnership that could have got them across the line. Rush Kalaria's three-fer was the star performance and he found ideal support from the others who all chipped in with their bit.

Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee both got starts but weren't able to convert it into a defining knock. Earlier, Gujarat's innings underachieved after a fine opening stand between Priyank Panchal and Parthiv Patel. The platform was provided by the top order for a score in excess of 250 but Gujarat fell way short. In the end, their bowlers saved the day.

Despite an easy win, Gujarat missed out on a spot in the quarterfinals, finishing third in the group - six points afar from the second-placed Haryana.

Brief scores: Gujarat 214/9 in 50 overs (Priyank Panchal 50; Pradipta Pramanik 2/36, Mukesh Kumar 2/43) beat Bengal 173 in 44.2 overs (Sudip Chatterjee; Rush Kalaria 3/31, Hardik Patel 2/29) by 41 runs.

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