Hello and welcome to Sportatr’s Live coverage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 final between Maharashtra and Saurashtra at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Saurashtra beats Maharashtra: What a fine knock this has been from Sheldon Jackson as Saurashtra beats Maharashtra by five wickets to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In front of their home fans, the Jaydev Unadkat-led side did well to restrict Maharashtra to 248 despite a century from Rutiraj Gaikwad and then Jackson along with Harvik Desai gave Saurashtra a brilliant start as Maharashtra staged a fightback but Jackson carried his bat through and sealed the chase with a boundary.
Saurashtra 221/5 vs Maharashtra: Saurashtra needs 28 runs in 36 balls and Sheldon Jackson holds the key. The opener has so far played a match-winning knock that consists of 10 boundaries and four sixes and despite Maharashtra picking wickets, he has been solid and will look to close out the chase with Chirag Jani in company.
Saurashtra 183/3 vs Maharashtra: Sheldon Jackson smashes a brilliant century off 116 balls as Saurashtra cruises in chase of 249. Jackson has hit 10 boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten knock.
Saurashtra 125/1 vs Maharashtra: Harvik Desai falls after smashing a fifty and the opener reached his landmark in 66 balls with seven hits to the fence. Mukesh Choudhary finally strikes by dismissing Harvik and breaks the 125-run opening stand but Maharashtra needs many more. Saurashtra openers have laid the platform with Jackson unbeaten on 68 as Jay Gohil comes to the middle.
Saurashtra 103/0 vs Maharashtra: Sheldon Jackson has hit a sublime unbeaten half-century and along with Harvik Desai has forged an unbeaten century-run stand for the opening wicket. This match has almost slipped away from Maharashtra’s grip.
Saurashtra 74/0 vs Maharashtra: This game is getting over rather quickly and the trophy is slipping away from Maharashtra’s grasp as Harvik Desai and Sheldon Jackson have put Saurashtra in complete control of the final by forging an unbeaten 74-run opening stand. Saurashtra needs just 174 runs with plenty of overs to spare.
Saurashtra 23/0 vs Maharashtra: The Maharashtra opening bowlers are still searching for the breakthrough but both Sheldon Jackson and Harvik Desai are playing risk-free cricket and are in no mood to let the yellow outfit any advantage. Saurashtra’s run-rate is not an issue as the required rate is 5.26 rpo against the current 3.29 and it has the arsenal to chase down the target.
Saurashtra 7/0 vs Maharashtra: Sheldon Jackson and Harvik Desai have begun the chase with both openers off the mark. Saurashtra needs 249 runs to win the trophy and the approach has been relaxed, playing to the merit of the ball. Manoj Ingale and Mukesh Choudhary are bowling in tandem and are eyeing an early breakthrough.
Maharashtra 248/8 vs Saurashtra: Chirag Jani takes a hat-trick in the final by picking the wickets of Saurabh Navale, R Hangargekar and Vicky Ostwal to help Saurashtra restrict Maharashtra for 248/8. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a brilliant century but Saurashtra controlled the game for the most part of the innings with skipper Jaydev Unadkat finishing with figures of 10-1-25-1 and then Jani shining with a hat-trick in the death. Maharashtra was off to a slow start in testing conditions but Gaikwad along with Satyadeet Bachhav resisted the attack and forged an important 66-run stand. Gaikwad then was involved in a 94-run stand with A Kazi and held the Maharashtra innings together. Saurashtra batsmen will fancy their chances to gun down the total but Maharashtra will aim for early wickets to be in race for winning the title.
Maharashtra 208/5 vs Saurashtra: Prerak Mankad strikes to hand Saurashtra control once again as this time the well-set Azim Kazi has been dismissed and with that Maharashtra has lot half of its side. The fall of Ruturaj has certainly impacted the flow of runs and Maharashtra will look to get to at least 250 with six more overs to go.
Maharashtra 201/4 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad departs for an important 108 off 131 balls but the 200 is up for Maharashtra. Ruturaj wanted a second but was sent back by his partner almost immediately but Prerak Mankad fired in a quick throw at the non-striker’s end and Jaydev Unadkat collected it cleanly to whip the bails off to catch the Maharashtra skipper just short of his crease. Very important wicket from Saurashtra’s point of view.
Maharashtra 194/3 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad has smashed a brilliant century and this has come in a big match - the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Maharashtra captain hits his fourth century of the tournament by depositing Chirag Gandhi for two consecutive sixes - the first one an excellent loft over the long-off boundary and the next an exquisite pull over the deep mid-wicket boundary. He scored his first 50 runs in 96 balls and the nexy fifty runs came off just 29 balls and that’s the impact Ruturaj has made in this grand final. Saurashtra on backfoot as Maharashtra rides on its skipper’s century.
Maharashtra 153/3 vs Saurashtra: It’s a slightly more relaxed dressing room as the 150 is up for Maharashtra with Ruturaj Gaikwad racing towards another century and this time in a crunch final against a strong Saurashtra attack. The pitch has eased up and having got his eye in, Ruturaj has exhibited some fine shots and the boundaries have started to flow. Azim Kazi is playing the role of a second fiddle to perfection, rotating the strike and giving his captain the much-needed support.
Maharashtra 123/3 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad hits a patient and a very valuable half-century and seems to have found his mojo as the Maharashtra captain with a punch down the ground has made his intentions clear that he is going on the attack having blunted the Saurashtra attack. Ankit Bawne departs as Jaydev Unadkat picks his first wicket but with Ruturaj in the middle, Maharashtra will up the ante.
Maharashtra 102/2 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ankit Bawne bring the 100-up for Maharashtra and the partnership is growing steadily and so is the scoreboard ticking on nicely. Jaydev Unadkat is back in the attack in an attempt to pick a wicket with Ruturaj approaching his half-century. With 20 overs to go, it will be interesting to see how Maharashtra approaches the closing stages of its innings.
Maharashtra 75/2 vs Saurashtra: Parth Bhut picks a wicket and breaks the stand as Bachhav holes it to Chirag Jani at long-on while trying to clear the ropes. The pressure was clearly on the batsman as the southpaw looked to hit the spinner for a maximum but failed to clear the long-on fielder. Ankit Bawne is out in the middle and joins hands with skipper Ruturaj.
Maharashtra 62/1 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad has decided to attack as he exhibits a brilliant pull and dispatches Kushang Patel over the deep square leg for a huge six and the Maharashtra scorecard is slowly moving. The batting side hasn’t lost wickets but runs have been tough coming. However, Ruturaj and Satyajeet- have steadied the innings and are now looking set in the middle.
Maharashtra 50/1 vs Saurashtra: The fifty of the Maharashtra innings comes in the 19th over and having got his eye in Ruturaj Gaikwad will look to change gears and the partnership is worth 43 off 89 balls. The sun is shining as Kushang Patel and Prerak Mankad are in operation. It’s a stand that Maharashtra wanted and having steadied the ship, Ruturaj will look to motor on.
Maharashtra 38/1 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad has to take his chances as there is no momentum what so ever and Saurashtra with some incredible fast bowling has applied the choke on the opposition. The man in form and skipper of Maharashtra - Rururaj is batting on 9 off 42 deliveries and 15 overs have been bowled. He needs to take risk at some stage to up the ante.
Maharashtra 27/1 vs Saurashtra: This has been relentless bowling from Jaydev Unadkat and Maharashtra although hasn’t lost a wicket, it’s skipper Gaikwad has scored just 6 off 34 balls and that speaks about the tight bowling from the Saurashtra bowlers. There is pace, swing, bounce and good carry from the surface as the Maharashtra batsmen are having trouble in finding the gaps and boundaries. Jaydev has bowled six overs on the trot with three slips and a gully and has given just five runs. Feels like a Test match happening in Ahmedabad.
Maharashtra 18/1 vs Saurashtra: Satyajeet Bachhav is struggling in the middle as he copes with another blow and Saurashtra all over Maharashtra at the moment and has choked the batsmen. This is a different surface and it won’t be easy for Ruturaj to go hammer and tongs straightaway. The first boundary came in the ninth over with Bachhav taking on Kushal Patel. Chirag Jani starts with a maiden.
Maharashtra 9/1 vs Saurashtra: It’s an early setback for Maharashtra as the make-shift opener in Shah didn’t work with regular opener Rahul Tripathi away on India A duty. The vastly experienced Jaydev Unadkat is bowling with fiery intent, hitting Satyajeet on the helmet with a lot of chirping going around by the Saurashtra fielders. The scorecard hasn’t moved much with Maharashtra going at just 2 rpo. Important the pair forges a stand in testing conditions but Maharashtra can’t fall behind in this game.
Maharashtra 8/1 vs Saurashtra: A run-out has packed off opener Pavan Shah who falls to the direct hit from Chirag Jani and Maharashtra loses its first wicket. Length delivery, Shah nudges it towards mid-on and races off for a quick single but Jani fires in a quick throw to catch the opener short of his crease. Satyajeet Bachhav, left-handed batsman joins his skipper.
Maharashtra 4/0 vs Saurashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad and Pavan Shah have opened the innings for Maharashtra with Jaydev Unadkat and Kushang Patel steaming in with the new ball as Saurashtra won the toss and asked Maharashtra to bat first. It will be testing first hour with the ball moving a bit and Unadkat making the batsmen play.
Saurashtra Playing XI: Harvik Desai(w), Sheldon Jackson, Jay Gohil, Samarth Vyas, Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Kushang Patel, Parth Bhut
Maharashtra Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Satyajeet Bachhav, Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Shamshuzama Kazi, Saurabh Navale(w), Manoj Ingale, Mukesh Choudhary, Pavan Shah, Naushad Shaikh
Maharashtra Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rahul Tripathi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Kaushal Tambe, Shamshuzama Kazi, Saurabh Navale(w), Manoj Ingale, Mukesh Choudhary, Nikit Dhumal, Divyang Hinganekar, Kedar Jadhav, Pavan Shah, Taranjitsingh Dhillon, Vicky Ostwal
Saurashtra Squad: Harvik Desai(w), Sheldon Jackson, Jay Gohil, Samarth Vyas, Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Kushang Patel, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Parth Bhut, Navneet Vora, Chetan Sakariya, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Yuvraj Chudasama, Cheteshwar Pujara
Live Streaming Info: The Vijay Hazare Trophy final match between Maharashtra and Saurashtra will be Telecast Live on Dismey+Hotstar
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