Riyan Parag blasted a magnificent 174 off 116 balls to help Assam chase down a massive mark of 351 in 46.1 overs against Jammu and Kashmir on Monday in Ahmedabad during their Vijay Hazare quarterfinal match. The match was part of the Vijay Hazare tournament.
Assam won the match by seven wickets thanks in large part to Parag’s performance, in which he hit 12 sixes and a dozen fours. In response to J&K’s score of 350, which was built on tonnes by Henan Nazir 124 (113 balls, 5 fours, 5 sixes) and Shubham Khajuria 120 (84 balls, 8 fours, 8 sixes), Assam slipped to 45 for two before Parag and Rishav Das (114 off 118 balls) got into the act. J&K’s score was built on tonnes by Henan Nazir 124 (113 balls, 5 fours
Riyan Parag, who was 21 years old at the time, was in a combative attitude and waded into the bowling of an opponent while hitting. He never stopped finding the ropes and had no qualms about going all the way across the field.
Because of the enormous 277-run partnership between the right-handed batter and Das, the J&K bowlers, who had been brilliant throughout the competition, were completely confused.
The fact that it was Parag’s third century in the ongoing Hazare Trophy competition made a difficult task appear to be an effortless one for Assam.
Although Parag fell short of the mark by 29 runs, Das, who was playing second fiddle, led Assam to victory with 23 balls remaining.
Jammu and Kashmir were given the opportunity to bat first, and they got off to a strong start as openers Khajuria and Vivrant Sharma (34) put up a score of 74 in just 11.4 overs. Following Sharma’s departure from the game, Khajuria and Nazir combined to score 129 runs for the second wicket.
The departure of Khajuria by Avinov Choudhury (2/47), which prompted a minor collapse, but Nazir and Fazil Rashid added 113 for the fifth wicket together (53 runs off 46 balls, with three fours and two sixes).
Brief scores: J&K lost against Assam 354 for 3 in 46.1 overs by seven wickets. J&K’s score was 350 for 7 in 50 overs and was led by Henan Nazir 124, Shubham Khajuria 120, and Fazil Rashid 53. Assam’s score was Riyan Parag 174 and Rishav Das 114 not out.
As Maharashtra defeated Uttar Pradesh by a score of 58 runs and advanced to the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, double centurion Ruturaj Gaikwad blazed his way into the record books by hammering seven sixes in a 43-run over. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s performance helped Maharashtra set a new record.
As a result of Uttar Pradesh’s decision to bowl first, they were in for a rude awakening as the Maharashtra captain smashed his way to a score of 220 at the Motera B venue, which he accomplished by facing 159 balls. This helped propel Maharashtra to a score of 330 for five.
Aryan Juyal, the wicketkeeper-batter for UP, led the charge with a score of 159 off of 143 balls during their reply, but it was not enough as they were bowled out for 272 in 47.4 overs.
Rajvardhan Hangargekar made history for Maharashtra by claiming his first ever five-wicket haul (5/53) and serving as the team’s chief destructor.
The penultimate over of Maharashtra’s innings was the most memorable one because Gaikwad unleashed his fury on the hapless UP left-arm spinner Shiva Singh. Gaikwad smashed Shiva Singh for seven sixes in a row owing to a no ball, so setting a new record for the List A competition.
In addition to this, he established himself as the only player in the history of limited overs cricket to score 43 runs in a single over.
In the other quarterfinal here, Assam defeated Jammu and Kashmir, which means that Maharashtra will meet Assam in the match for a spot in the last four on Wednesday.
Willem Ludick was Northern Districts’ opponent in an earlier Ford Trophy game in 2018, and Northern Districts’ Brett Hampton and Joe Carter scored 43 runs between them against him.