Vijay Hazare Trophy: Haryana gets crucial win over Gujarat

Jayant Yadav picked up three wickets (3/35) and scored a match-saving 47 off 45 balls as the Amit Mishra-led side won by 44 runs. Himanshu Rana scored 67 for Haryana.

Jayat Yadav's all-round show helped Haryana register a win.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

An all-round performance helped Haryana get a crucial win against Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. Jayant Yadav picked up three wickets (3/35) and scored a match-saving 47 off 45 balls as the Amit Mishra-led side won by 44 runs.

With two more games to go in group B for both sides, the win gives Haryana a mathematical advantage over Gujarat in the race to reach the quarterfinals.

Even before the runs started ticking on the scoreboard, Haryana found itself in a soup. Chintan Gaja bagged two wickets in the second over, dismissing Harshal Patel and Chaitanya Bishnoi. Nitin Saini was next to go after stitching together a cautious 33-run partnership with Shubham Rohilla.

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Haryana came out of its shell and started showing attacking intent after Himanshu Rana’s arrival. Rana took the game to the bowlers as he walked up to Hemang and smashed him to the boundary and lifted Piyush Chawla for a six. Even after Rohilla's departure, Pramod Chandila and Rana rotated the strike well and scored the odd boundaries. But every time a long-lasting partnership started to blossom for Haryana, Gujarat would nip it in the bud. Chandila also departed for a quick 25. Rana fell to Rujul Bhatt in the 40th over after a well-played 67.

Haryana was on 172 when Jayant Yadav and Amit Mishra took it upon themselves to get to a defendable score. They scored 75 runs in the last 10 overs, with the help of a cameo from Arun Chaprana in the end, finishing with 247/7.

Chasing, Gujarat lost two quick wickets. Mohit Sharma sent the man in form, Priyank Panchal, back to the pavilion on the third ball of the innings and Harshal Patel dismissed Bhargav Merai soon after.

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Parthiv Patel and Rujul Bhatt put on a 55-run stand, but as soon as Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced into the attack, Patel was dismissed leg before and given a sendoff. Amit Mishra dismissed Bhatt next.

Manpreet Juneja’s wicket — run out on 38 — was a huge blow for Gujarat which seemed to be gaining momentum. The very next ball, Yadav dismissed Chawla for a golden duck. He finished his spell dismissing two more batsmen, leaving Chirag Gandhi to fight a lone battle as he kept running out of partners.

Amit Mishra finished things off when an impatient Gandhi was caught in the deep, after a 27-run 10th wicket stand with Hardik Patel.

Brief scores:

Haryana 247 for seven in 50 overs (Shubham Rohilla  32,  Himanshu Rana 67, Pramod Chandila  34,  Jayant Yadav 47 n.o., Chintan Gaja 3 for 44) bt Gujarat 203 in 46.1 overs (Rujul Bhatt 30, Manprit Juneja 38, Chirag Gandhi 52, Jayant Yadav 3 for 35).

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