Vijay Hazare Trophy: Andhra beats MP by 6 wickets

Electing to bat, MP could not put up big stands as it kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Hanuma Vihari played a healthy innings of 61. (File Photo)   -  THE HINDU

Right-arm pacer Girinath Reddy picked up six for 24 to set up Andhra's six wicket win over Madhya Pradesh in Group-C of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Pachaiyappa's ground here on Tuesday.

He had Naman Ojha and Sohraab Dhaliwal caught behind, Ankit Sharma and Puneet Datey caught at covers and midwicket by Sumanth and Ravi Teja, and bowled Anand Singh Bais and Ishwar Pandey.

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Anshul Tripathi top-scored again (39) - he hit 67 versus Mumbai on Monday. He was involved in a 50-run fourth-wicket stand with skipper Harpree Singh Bhatia (31). This, after Rajat Patidar (34) and Naman Ojha (11) engaged in a 43-run first wicket partnership.

The highlight of Andhra's chase was Hanuma Vihari's brisk innings (61, 60b, 9x4). He seemed to like to play the cut shot. Just as he looked set to see his team all the way through, he sought a quick single to be run out, caught short at the non-striker's end by Bais' throw from cover.

He added 103 runs for the second wicket with opener Ashwin Hebbar (42, 77b, 5x4). The unbroken 50-run fifth wicket partnership between Ricky Bhui (32 n.o., 45b, 4x4, 1x6) and D.B. Ravi Teja (33, 25b, 5x4) then, safely saw Andhra home without further ado.

Puneet Datey picked up two for 26 for Madhya Pradesh.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 184 in 44.2 overs (Rajat Patidar 34, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 31, Anshul Tripathi 39, Girinath Reddy six for 24) bt Andhra 190 for four in 38.5 overs (Ashwin Hebbar 42, Hanuma Vihari 61, Ricky Bhui 32 n.o., D.B. Ravi Teja 33 n.o.)

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