Shivam Mavi’s hat-trick goes in vain as batsmen let UP down

Saurashtra rode on a Sheldon-Uthappa stand to post a 25-run victory, taking all the attention away from Shivam Mavi's heroics which grabbed eyeballs earlier in the day.

Uttar Pradesh captain Suresh Raina shares a light moment with Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara during their Vijay Hazare trophy match, at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday.   -  PTI

Suresh Raina was left to rue the decision to field as Saurashtra virtually batted Uttar Pradesh out of the contest in its Vijay Hazare campaign-opener at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

Raina’s inaccurate reading of the pitch and the conditions saw Saurashtra hammer 303 for nine in 50 overs, built largely on a 194-run opening wicket stand between Sheldon Jackson (107, 108b, 14x4, 2x6) and Robin Uthappa (97, 110b, 11x4, 4x6).

In reply, UP never seriously threatened Saurashtra and folded at 278 in the final over.

Shivam Mavi, India's key wicket-taker in the last under-19 World Cup, became the eighth bowler to take a hat-trick in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The feat for the UP speedster came in the final over against Saurashtra when he scalped Chiragh Jani, Arpit Vasavada and Jaydev Unadkat in his 10th over for figures of five for 73 at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Wednesday.


Once Prerak Mankad sent back the UP openers Shivam Chaudhary (31) and Umang Sharma (25) by the 17th over, the team relied heavily on Raina to show the way. However, the left-hander departed in his attempt to hit a third successive boundary, for a 22-ball 22, that left UP tottering at 107 for three in the 23rd over. Thereafter, Saurashtra
stayed in control despite Akshdeep Nath helping himself to a 53-ball 62.

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Saurashtra, winner by 25 runs will return to the same venue to take on Delhi on Thursday.

For Saurashtra, the bulk of the work was done by the openers. Jackson, unlike Uthappa, was quick off the blocks. He set the pace and took the pressure off the former Karnataka opener. Jackson was first to reach his half-century but soon, Uthappa changed gears. As the partnership moved closer to the 200-run mark, Uthappa overtook Sheldon but fell
leg-before and missed out on a well-deserved century. Sheldon was not to be denied as he continued the good work in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara (31, 34b, 5x4).

Thereafter, UP did well to claim eight wickets in the space of the last 55 deliveries for 66 runs, with youngster Shivam Mavi collecting a final-over hat-trick as Saurashtra looked for some big hits.

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Mavi had Chirag Jani caught at deep square leg, Arpit Vasavada at long-off before shattering the stumps of Jaydev Unadkat to complete the hat-trick.

However, UP’s below par batting in perfect conditions ensured the match never looked like a close contest.

Brief Elite Group B Round I scores :

Saurashtra 303 for nine in 50 overs (Sheldon Jackson 107, Robin
Uthappa 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 31, Shivam Mavi five for 73) beat Uttar
Pradesh 278 in 49.1 overs (Akshdeep Nath 62, Priyam Garg 38, Shivam
Chaudhary 31, Umang Sharma 25, Upendra Yadav 25, Jaydev Unadkat three
for 42, Dharmendra Jadeja three for 48, Prerak Mankad three for 63) by
25 runs.

Andhra 190 all out in 49 overs (B Sumanth 79, D B Ravi Teja 44, Hanuma Vihari 27, Midhun S three for 56) beat Kerala 183 all out in 48.1 overs (Sachin Baby 57, Jalaj Saxena 46, K B Arun Karthick 32, Karn Sharma three for 37) by 7 runs.

Madhya Pradesh 231 all out in 48.2 overs (Rajat Patidar 49, Saransh Jain 45, Venkatesh Iyer 44, Mohammed Siraj three for 42) lost to Hyderabad 235/3 in 47.4 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 83, K Rohit Rayudu 78, Akshath Reddy 35, Rameez Khan two for 34) by 7 wickets.



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