Vijay Hazare Trophy: Odisha, Baroda, Vidarbha make it one-sided

match-deciding 206-run stand involving unbeaten centurions Anurag Sarangi and Govind Poddar gave Odisha its first victory and that too, with an emphatic nine-wicket margin over Assam at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here

Anurag Sarangi slammed a century to guide his team to an one-sided victory against Assam on Tuesday.   -  File photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

 

A match-deciding 206-run stand involving unbeaten centurions Anurag Sarangi and Govind Poddar gave Odisha its first victory and that too, with an emphatic nine-wicket margin over Assam at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here.

Tuesday’s other two matches also proved one-sided. Baroda tamed Punjab by 75 runs at the Karnail Singh Stadium and Vidarbha cruised to an eight-wicket triumph over Railways at the Air Force ground, Palam.

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Assam, on a high after beating Punjab on Sunday, was brought down to earth when Odisha managed to restrict its neighbouring state to 207 after Arun Karthick and J. Syed Mohammad scored half centuries.

Though Odisha lost its opener Sandeep Pattnaik early, there was no further success for Assam and the duo of Sarangi and Poddar helped themselves to centuries. Poddar scored more briskly, reaching 100 off 90 deliveries, dotted with a six and 15 boundaries while Sarangi scored 104 off 121 balls, studded with three sixes and nine boundaries.

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Punjab suffered its second straight loss, this time to strong contenders Baroda. After Baroda reached a challenging 249, thanks mainly to half centuries from Krunal Pandya and Aditya Waghmode, Punjab looked well on target at 125 for two in the 26th over. But thereafter, the fall of a well-set Mandeep Singh ended the 75-run third-wicket stand and with it, the wickets tumbled in quick succession. Only Gurkeerat Singh stood firm for 62 but he too became part of the procession that saw eight wickets fall in the space of 49 runs!

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Vidarbha matched Baroda’s tally of eight points following a comfortable victory over Railways. After Railways escaped from 134 for nine to reach 199 due to No. 10 Manjeet Singh’s 30-ball 54 including five sixes and three boundaries, Vidarbha’s top-order batted with responsibility to complete the job in the 46th over. A 117-run opening wicket stand between Jitesh Sharma 84, 7x4, 3x6) and skipper Faiz Fazal (53, 2x4, 1x6) kept Vidarbha on track before Ganesh Satish and Ambati Rayudu finished the job.

The scores:

At the Feroz Shah Kotla: Assam 207 in 48.1 overs (Arun Karthick 56, J. Syed Mohammad 53; Basant Mohanty 5-26, Deepak Behera 3-47, Dhiraj Singh 2-36) lost to Odisha 213-1 in 35.3 overs (Anurag Sarangi 104 not out, Govinda Poddar 100 not out)

At the Karnail Singh Stadium: Baroda 249 in 38.3 overs (Krunal Pandya 78, Aditya Waghmode 54, Irfan Pathan 37, Baltej Singh 4-47, Siddharth Kaul 3-57, Sandeep Sharma 2-40) beat Punjab 174 in 40.4 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 62, Mandeep Singh 43, Hardik Pandya 3-26, Soaeb Tai 3-36, Atit Sheth 2-24).

At the Air Force Ground, Palam: Railways 199 in 41.4 overs (Manjeet Singh 54, Asad Pathan 46, Akshay Karnewar 3-32, Ravikumar Thakur 2-47) Vidarbha 200-2 in 45.2 overs (Jitesh Sharma 84, Ganesh Satish 36 not out).

Wednesday’s matches: Baroda-Odisha (Feroz Shah Kotla); Assam-Haryana (Karnail Singh Stadium), Punjab-Railways (Air Force Ground, Palam).