Vijay Hazare Trophy: Juyal ton guides UP to a convincing win against Delhi

It was an incredible batting display by Juyal as he went hammer and tongs on the Delhi bowlers, and forged a 184-run opening stand with Madhav Kaushik (89; 101b).

File image of Uttar Pradesh batter Aryan Juyal.   -  .Kiran Balake

Twenty-year-old Aryan Juyal – after two disappointing outings with scores of nine and duck – returned to form with an unbeaten 120 to guide Uttar Pradesh to a convincing nine-wicket victory against Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Saturday. 

Chasing 244, the young opener bludgeoned the Delhi bowlers to forge a 184-run opening stand with Madhav Kaushik (89; 101b). 

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Juyal – a former India under-19 wicketkeeper-batter – hit some early boundaries, forcing Delhi captain Pradeep Sangwan to try several bowling options. The two young UP batters, however, were not troubled by any one of them.  

Kaushik perished in the 34th over after hitting consecutive boundaries off Simarjeet Singh. A heartbroken Kaushik, walking back to the pavilion, received a standing ovation from the coaching staff and teammates. 

Juyal ensured that there was no slip-up, stitching an unbroken 60-run alliance with captain Karan Sharma (not out 31; 29b). The pair guided the team home with six overs to spare. 

After winning the toss, UP made early inroads as pacer Shivam Mavi (4-48) trapped Dhruv Shorey leg before for one, and India international Shikhar Dhawan, too, soon departed for just 14.  

Delhi rebuilt with a 55-run stand between Himmat Singh and Jonty Sidhu, but Shivan Sharma removed both, putting the pressure back. The team, however, fought back with late half-centuries from Anuj Rawat (50, 45b) and Lalit Yadav (57, 60b), before Mavi destroyed the tail.

The scores

At the Sector 16 Stadium: Delhi 243 in 49 overs (Lalit Yadav 57, Anuj Rawat 50; Shivam Mavi 4-48, Yash Dayal 2-35, Shivam Sharma 2-40) lost to Uttar Pradesh 244-1 in 43.5 overs (Aryan Juyal not out 120, Madhav Kaushik 89; Simarjeet Singh 1-53)

At the I.S. Bindra Stadium, Mohali: Hyderabad 221 in 49 overs (T Ravi Teja 63, Sumanth Kolla 32; Prerak Mankad 4-54) lost to Saurashtra 225-3 in 39 overs (Harvik Desai not out 101, Sheldon Jackson 65, Prerak Mankad 49; Kartikeya Kak 1-44, Tanay Thyagrajan 1-46, Mickil Jaiswal 1-50).

At Mullanpur: Haryana 281-3 (Himanshu Rana 94, Yashu Sharma 53; Rahul Shukla 1-59, Vivek Tiwari 1-53, Utkarsh Singh 1-25) beat Jharkhand 253 in 49.3 overs (Utkarsh Singh 78, Virat Singh 32; Yuzvendra Chahal 3-48, Sanjay Pahal 2-57)

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