Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka thrash Kerala

Kerala were in trouble right from the start, losing four wickets for 16 runs in the 11th over. After the pacers got rid of the top-order, Shreyas knocked off the middle order and the tail, bowling Kerala out in 22 overs.

Shreyas Gopal celebrates after getting a wicket.   -  Sampath Kumar G. P.

Aided by Shreyas Gopal’s maiden List A five-for, Karnataka bundled out Kerala for 49 runs and reached the target in 5.5 overs. It was the second-biggest victory in terms of balls remaining in the tournament’s history.

Kerala were in trouble right from the start, losing four wickets for 16 runs in the 11th over. After the pacers got rid of the top-order, Shreyas knocked off the middle order and the tail, bowling them out in 22 overs.

K. L. Rahul and Karun Nair completed a facile win after losing Mayank Agarwal in the chase.

Gujarat hand J&K their fourth defeat in a row

There was no end to Jammu and Kashmir’s woes as they suffered their fourth consecutive defeat of the tournament, failing to chase a modest 188 runs against Gujarat.

J&K bowlers did a decent job as they bundled out Gujarat for just 187 in 49.2 overs after electing to bowl at KSCA Cricket Ground.

Medium paceman Omar Alam (three for 31) and spinner Waseem Raza (three for 38) shared six wickets between them.

J&K were off to a disastrous start as they lost four batsmen for just 20 runs on the board. Soon they were 32 for five. Eventually they managed just 151 runs and were all out in 47.2 overs.

Hardik Patel scalped four batsmen and gave away just 28 runs in his 10 overs.

Services beat Assam by six wickets

Diwesh Gurdev Pathania and Amit Pachhara shone with the ball and bat respectively before Rajat Paliwal’s breezy half century as Services posted an easy six-wicket win over.

Electing to bat in a Group A match, Assam scored 261 for eight in the stipulated 50 overs, and then saw the opposition chase down the target of 262 with almost five overs to spare.

Amit top-scored for the winning team with an 88-ball 75, while opener Soumik Chatterjee made 73 off 91 balls at the Railways Recreation Club Ground.

Delhi beat Maharashtra to inch closer to quarters

Talented right-hander Milind Kumar successfully anchored a modest run-chase with an unbeaten 58 as Delhi beat Maharashtra by five wickets in a group C encounter to inch closer towards the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, here today.

Delhi have 16 points from five matches with four victories to their credit and are currently third in the group behind Vidarbha (+1.426) and Baroda (+1.114), who are also on 16 points but enjoy a better Net Run Rate (NNR) than the hosts (+0.727).

But Delhi have a match to go against Andhra and a win will straightaway put them in last eight. In case they lose, they will have to depend on other results

Bhatia upstages Rahane as Rajasthan roar past Mumbai

Rajat Bhatia’s unbeaten 94 eclipsed Ajinkya Rahane’s strokeful 114 in Rajasthan’s five-wicket win over Mumbai.

Bhatia’s blistering innings off 71 balls helped Rajasthan chase down the 302 in 49 overs. Rahane, playing his second match of the domestic competition, steered Mumbai to 301 for nine.

Besides Bhatia’s brilliant effort, Ashok Menaria came up with a 80-ball 86 to contribute to the team’s cause. The other contributions came from Puneet Yadav (49) and Dishant Yagnik (40).