In a low-scoring Group B encounter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday, a depleted Delhi team lost to Karnataka by four wickets. This was Delhi’s second consecutive loss, and they did it without the services of seasoned pros Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma.
On a slowing surface at the JU (Salt Lake) field, Delhi’s first innings resulted in their team being bowled out for 159 runs in 45.4 overs.
Vasuki Koushik, bowling as a seamer, had three wickets for 23 runs in ten overs, and Shreyas Gopal, bowling as a leg spinner, had three for 25 runs at the end of the match.
In response, Karnataka’s opener Ravikumar Samarth anchored the chase with 59 runs off of 73 balls, and veteran Manish Pandey chipped in with four sixes in his 48 runs off of 37 balls to help Karnataka score the runs inside of 30 overs. After coming in second place against Rajasthan in their most recent match, Delhi have now dropped two of their most recent four matches, bringing their overall record to 2-2.
Ishant was given a day off in order to control his workload, while Dhawan was called away for national duty. Dhawan had been warming up beautifully for the one-day international series against New Zealand away from home with scores of 47 and 54 in the first two games.
Ishant will not be playing consecutive games because his body will not be able to recover from the rigours of playing 50-over games with only a day’s break in between them.
IPL experts Nitish Rana (30 off 43 balls) and Lalit Yadav (59 off 100 balls) made some contributions, but it was never going to be enough for Delhi to win. The surface at the JU (Salt Lake Ground) has been traditionally low and sluggish for the previous two decades, and the Delhi hitters did suffer.
At one stage in the game, Delhi’s score was 66 for 6 and they were in danger of being bowled out for a score lower than 100. However, Lalit and Lakshay Thareja (15) scored 44 runs for the seventh wicket, which elevated the score to a level that was at least somewhat respectable.
A Few Quick Scores Delhi 159 in 45. 4 overs (Lalit Yadav 59, Nitish Rana 30, Vasuki Koushik 3/23, S Gopal 3/25). Karnataka 161/6 in 29. 4 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 59, Manish Pandey 48, Mayank Yadav 4/47). Karnataka won by 4 wkts.
Rajasthan 270 in 49 overs (Yash Kothari 139, Rahul Shukla 5/53) Jharkhand reached 271 for five after 49 overs (Utkarsh Singh 91, Saurabh Tiwary 76). Jharkhand emerged victorious by a margin of five wickets.
Assam 307/8 (Riyan Parag 128, Sumit Singh 2/64) Sikkim 127 in 36 overs (Sunil Lachit 3/33). The final score was 180 runs for Assam.
Meghalaya scored 111 runs in 40 overs; Rajesh Bishnoi made 53 runs, and Nachiket Bute took four wickets for Vidarbha. Vidarbha scored 113 runs in 27.1 overs (Aditya Sarwate 48). The winning margin for Vidarbha was 9 wickets.
On Thursday, a match for Group D of the Vijay Hazare Trophy was played between Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Madhya Pradesh prevailed against Uttarakhand by a margin of 10 runs thanks to a century scored by senior batter Shubham Sharma and a four-wicket haul by Kuldeep Sen.
MP won the toss and elected to bat first. They batted for 50 overs and scored 276 runs, with Shubham Sharma contributing 100 runs off 110 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes. Together with the opener Yash Dubey (72 runs off 80 balls), he contributed 138 runs to the total for the second wicket, and he contributed 59 runs to the total for the fourth wicket along with the captain Aditya Shrivastava (53 runs off 55 balls).
Left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh collected four wickets and sixty runs for Uttarakhand.
In their reply, Uttarakhand were only able to score 266 for nine after 50 overs. Former Mumbai keeper Aditya Tare scored 52 runs while Swapnil contributed 82 runs to this total.
In only 16.1 overs, Swapnil and Dikshanshu Negi added 81 runs for the fifth wicket to the team’s total score. When Negi was bowled by the spinner Kumar Kartikeya of the Mumbai Indians in the 45th over, Uttarakhand’s score was at 232 for four and they needed just 43 runs in 33 balls to win.
The lower middle-order eventually failed because they were unable to keep up with Sen’s pace, which led to their downfall. After 10 overs, Sen concluded with the figures of 4 for 51.
The Quick Scores are as follows: MP 276/8 (Shubham Sharma 100, Yash Dubey 72, Aditya Shrivastava 53, and Swapnil Singh 4/60). Uttarakhand 266/9 (Swapnil Singh 82, Aditya tare 52, Kuldeep Sen 4/51).
Jammu and Kashmir 227 in 47.4 overs (Shubham Khajuria 72, Shubham Pundir 58, Baltej Singh 3/23) Punjab 231/2 in 28.4 overs (Abhishek Sharma 89, Anmolpreet Singh 101). The winning score for Punjab was 8 wickets.
Baroda 284/7 (Vishnu Solanki 69, Pratyush Kumar 69, Rajesh Mohanty 2/32).