Vijay Hazare Trophy: Panchal hits century in Gujarat's win, Puducherry crushes Manipur

Priyank Panchal scored an unbeaten century to guide Gujarat to an eight-wicket win in Group C, while Puducherry beat Manipur in the Plate Group.

Published : Oct 14, 2019 19:08 IST

FILE PHOTO: Gujarat's Priyank Panchal hit an unbeaten 135 against Jammu and Kashmir.
FILE PHOTO: Gujarat's Priyank Panchal hit an unbeaten 135 against Jammu and Kashmir.

FILE PHOTO: Gujarat's Priyank Panchal hit an unbeaten 135 against Jammu and Kashmir.

Opener Priyank Panchal starred with an unbeaten 135 (122 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) as Gujarat thrashed Jammu and Kashmir by eight wickets to notch up its eighth successive win in Group ‘C’ of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday.

The Parthiv Patel-led side overhauled J&K’s score of 279 for 8 in the 38th over with the diminutive ‘keeper making 63 while Bhargav Merai remained not out on 70 (56 balls, 6 fours, 1 six).

Asked to bat by Gujarat, J&K rode on half-centuries by Abdul Samad (68, 53 balls, 7 sixes) and Shubham Khajuria (66, 64 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) and a knock of 49 by captain Parvez Rasool (49, 57 balls, 1 four, 1 six).

For Gujarat, Rush Kalaria (2/34), C. T. Gaja (2/46) and A. Nagwaswalla (2/74) took two wickets each.

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Chasing a big score for victory, Gujarat openers Parthiv Patel and Panchal started in right earnest, rattling 83 runs in 10.3 overs before the former fell to Umar Nazir for 63.

After Dhruv Raval (7) fell cheaply, Panchal and Merai stepped up the pace and toyed with the J&K attack as Gujarat romped to 282 for 2 in 37.3 overs.

Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, both with eight wins each, will clash on October 16 to decide the group topper.

-Vinay Kumar, Sagar shine in Puducherry's win-

Veteran seamer R. Vinay Kumar bagged a match-winning four-wicket haul as Puducherry thrashed Manipur by nine wickets to return to the top of the Plate Group table in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday.

Vinay Kumar (4/21) rattled the top-order in a triple burst to reduce Manipur to 19/4 in 7.1 overs but skipper Priyojit Singh provided some resistance with an unbeaten 44.

Singh, however, lacked support at the other end as it was bundled out for 109 in 30.1 overs with left-arm spinner Sagar Udeshi returning with three for 26.

In reply, opener Arun Karthik steered the team home, slamming an unbeaten 67 from 43 balls with six fours and four sixes as Puducherry sealed the win in 16.1 overs.

The win took Puducherry to the top spot with 28 points from eight matches.

It will next face Assam in its last league match on October 17.

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