Vijay Hazare: All-round effort helps Gujarat thump Rajasthan

Left-arm spinner Hardik Patel sizzled with a five-for while Priyank Panchal and Kshitij Patel made merry with the bat as Gujarat beat a listless Rajasthan by eight wickets.

Priyank Panchal's 84 off 112 balls helped Gujarat beat Rajasthan.   -  PTI

Priyank Panchal (84 off 112 balls) and Kshitij Patel (89* off 110 balls) put in a superb collective effort at the top as Gujarat hammered Rajasthan by eight wickets in a Vijay Hazare Trophy (Elite C) group match at the IIT-Chemplast Ground in Chennai on Tuesday. 

The two batsmen weathered a tricky chase at the start which saw Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel being clean bowled off Tanveer-Ul-Haq for a first-ball duck.

Panchal and Patel both brought up their respective fifties, blunting a Rajasthan attack that didn't threaten at any stage of the match.

Chandrapal Singh — Rajasthan's star with the bat — pulled a hamstring and had to limp off the field after bowling just 5.4 overs.

Earlier, Rajasthan got off to a sedate start after electing to bat. The openers Chetan Bist and Amit Gautam added 19 runs in 10.5 overs before a direct hit from Piyush Chawla at mid-off caught Gautam short of his crease.

That triggered a collapse with left-arm spinner Hardik Patel reducing Rajasthan to 53/6. Patel finished with figures of 10-2-22-5.

Singh and Bist then did some damage control with a 63-run seventh-wicket partnership.

Bist's vigil (40 off 100 balls) ended when he was stumped off Patel.

Singh's unbeaten 95-ball 82, studded with five sixes and three fours,  provided Rajasthan with a late thrust, and gave the sparse crowd at the ground something to cheer.