Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karthik, Mukund fifties help TN beat Rajasthan; Gujarat, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram register wins

Catch the highlights from the opening day of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 season with TN, Gujarat, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram registering wins.

Dinesh Karthik made an unbeaten fifty to help Tamil Nadu chase down 262 against Rajasthan.   -  R.V. Moorthy

The opening day of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 saw Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram registering wins, while six matches were abandoned due to rain.

Key Highlights

Mukund, Karthik help TN beat Rajasthan

K. Vignesh starred with the ball by taking three wickets before Dinesh Karthik, Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith scored half-centuries to help Tamil Nadu beat Rajasthan by six wickets.

After restricting Rajasthan to 261 for the loss of nine wickets, Mukund and Aparajith laid the foundation for the chase as skipper Karthik with an unbeaten fifty sealed the deal in the vistors' favour. Shahrukh Khan too made a valuable contribution by scoring an unbeaten 48 as Tamil Nadu collected four full points.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 262/4 (Abhinav Mukund 75, Baba Aparajith 52, Dinesh Karthik 50 not out, Shahrukh Khan 48 not out) beats Rajasthan 261/9 (A.R. Gupta 77, Rahul Chahar 48, K. Vignesh 3/34) by six wickets. Points: Tamil Nadu 4, Rajasthan 0

Gujarat beats Bengal

Gujarat started its campaign on a high after the Parthiv Patel-led side beat Bengal by 38 runs at the Jaipura Vidhyalaya Ground in Jaipur. Gujarat rode on useful contributions from B Merai and Manpreet Junega to post 253/8.

Shreevats Goswami made a patient half-century but the middle-order collapsed with former skipper Manoj Tiwary scoring a duck. Rossh Kalaria impressed with the ball by scalping four wickets.

Brief scores: Gujarat 253/8 (B Merai 63, Manpreet Juneja 47, Axar Patel 33, Ashok Dinda 3/58, Akash Deep 2/49) beat Bengal 215 all out (Shreevats Goswami 79, Anustup Majumdar 39, Roosh Kalaria 4/34) by 38 runs. Points: Gujarat 4, Bengal 0

In Jaipur, Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan in Elite Group C:  Dinesh Karthik has calmed the nerves in the Tamil Nadu dressing room as the skipper along with Shahrukh Khan have taken their team closer to the target. TN requires another 21 runs with over four overs remaining. Should be easy.

Meghalaya trounces Sikkim to start campaign on winning note

Meghalaya registered a massive win after beating Sikkim by 194 runs to start its Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign on a winning note. An unbeaten century from D.B. Ravi Teja and a sedate half-century from Punit Bisht saw Meghalaya post 318 for the loss of five wickets.

In reply, Yashpal was the lone batsman to offer some resistance with a patient half-century as the rest collapsed with as many as four batsmen returning back to the hut without troubling the scorers. A Singhania was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.

Brief scores: Meghalaya 318/5 (D. Ravi Teja 109 not out, Punit Bisht 74, Bhushan Subha 2/38) beats Sikkim 124 all out (Yashpal 53, Iqbal Abdulla 13, A Singhania 4/18) by 194 runs. Points: Meghalaya 4, Sikkim 0

In Jaipur, Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan in Elite Group C: 200 comes up for Tamil Nadu with skipper Dinesh Karthik and Shahrukh Khan building a partnership. TN 211/4 and requires another 51 runs to win. The India international holds the key. 

Ghosh, Milind star as Tripura beats J&K

Tripura rode on Milind Kumar's half-century to beat Jammu and Kashmir by two wickets at K.L. Saini Stadium in Jaipur. Chasing 198 runs to win, Tripura reached its target in 44.1 overs with Milind setting the tone with a 69-ball 77. Opener BB Ghosh also contributed in a healthy fashion with a 98-ball 62.

Brief scores: J&K 197 all out in 43.2 overs (Qamran Iqbal 43, Fazil Rashid 37, Harmeet Singh 3/32) lost to Tripura 198/8 (B.B. Ghosh 62, Milind Kumar 77, Umar Nazir 3/45) by two wickets. Points: Tripura- 4; J&K 0

In Dehradun, Nagaland versus Manipur in Plate Group: Nagaland and Manipur share two points each after rain abandoned play at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun. Manipur was 44/2 chasing 206 for a victory when rain stopped play. R Jonathan starred with the bat for Nagaland with an unbeaten century. Nagaland 205/7; Manipur 44.2 in 8.4/50. Result: Match Abandoned - Nagaland: 2 (Points) Manipur: 2 (Points)

In Jaipur, Gujarat versus Bengal in Elite Group C: After Shreevats Goswami's 112-ball 79, the Bengal batting middle-order collapsed in chase of 254. Bengal currently is struggling at 171/7 and it requires another 83 runs in little over 12 overs.

Our correspondent Dipak Raghav from Jaipur updates: Disaster. Hari Nishanth is run out at the non-striker's end. DK plays the ball to mid on. Doesnt really start running. Hari thinks the captain has and set off. fielder calmly comes and whips the bails off. 162 for 4. 100 needed off the last 16. shade over 6 rpo.

In Jaipur, Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan in Elite Group C: Double Blow for TN: Baba Aparajith falls after scoring a fifty as he departs for a 67-ball 52. A miscommunication between skipper Dinesh Karthik and C Hari Nishaanth saw the latter walk back for 20. Shahruk Khan joins Karthik.  Tamil Nadu 165/4 in chase of 261. Requires another 97 runs to win in 15.2 overs.

In Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir versus Tripura in Elite Group C: Tripura is inching closer to victory as it requires another 15 runs with four wickets in hand. Milind Kumar with a 69-77 set the tone in what should be an easy outing for Tripura. Tripura 184/6. J&K 197

In Dehradun, Meghalaya versus Sikkim in Plate Group: Sikkim in trouble as it has lost its sixth wicket for 109 runs on board, chasing a mammoth 319-run target. Sikkim needs 210 runs more with another 10.3 overs to go.

Our correspondent Dipak Raghav from Jaipur updates: And just like that Abhinav dismissed trying to pull and caught down the leg side. looks like he might have gloved it. C. Hari Nishanth the new batsman in. DK was also padded up. Maybe they want a right and left-hand combo in.

In Jaipur, Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan in Elite Group C: Tamil Nadu 146 for two after 29 overs. Abhinav Mukund has been dismissed for 75 after adding 114 runs for the second wicket with Baba Aparajith (who's still batting on 47). C. Hari Nishaanth is the new batsman in. Aniket Choudhary and Khaleel Ahmed are the wicket-takers. (Our reporter at the venue Dipak Ragav adds: And just like that Abhinav dismissed trying to pull and caught down the leg side. Looks like he might have gloved it. C. Hari Nishanth the new batsman in. DK [Dinesh Karthik] was also padded up. Maybe they want a right and left-hand combo in.)

In Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir versus Tripura in Elite Group C: Tripura, chasing 198 for a win, 168 for five after 37 overs. Tanmay Mishra, Joydeep Banik and Pratyush Singh, U.U. Bose were dismissed cheaply. But Bishal Ghosh (62) and Milind Kumar added 92 runs for the fifth wicket before Ghosh was caught by Fazil Rashid off the bowling Umar Nazir. Milind Kumar is batting on 71, while Mura Singh is on 16 off 18 balls. The two batsmen have added 34 runs for the sixth wicket.

In Jaipur, Gujarat versus Bengal in Elite Group C: Chasing 254 for a win, Bengal is 146 for four after 32 overs. Abhishek Kumar Raman (15), Manoj Tiwary (0), Sudip Chatterjee (4) and Wriddhiman Saha (26) have been the wickets to fall. Shreevats Goswami is batting on 70, while Anustup Majumdar (batting on 28 off 29 balls) has gotten off to a start. Roosh Kalaria (2), Chintan Gaja (1) and Axar Patel are the wicket-takers.

In Dehradun, Arunachal Pradesh versus Mizoram in Plate Group: Mizoram 106 for three after 23 overs, requiring another 162 runs for a win. Amatea, Sailo and Taruwar Kohli are the batsmen dismissed. Sumit Nagar (1) and Shashwat Kohli (2) are the wicket-takers.

In Dehradun, Meghalaya versus Sikkim in Plate Group: Sikkim 101 for four after 35 overs, needing 218 more runs from 15 overs. Chitiz Tamang, Ashish Thapa, Nilesh Lamichaney, and Iqbal Abdulla are the batsmen dismissed. Amiangshu Sen (2), Akash Kumar (1) and Swarajeet Das (1) are the wicket-takers.

In Dehradun, Nagaland versus Manipur in Plate Group: Chasing 206 for a win, Manipur is 44 for two in the 8.2 overs. Prafullomani (19) and Bonny Chingangbam (0) are the batsmen dismissed.

Matches abandoned

Mumbai versus Saurashtra, Elite Group A, in Alur

Himachal Pradesh versus Maharashtra, Elite Group B, in Vadodara

Andhra versus Chhattisgarh, Elite Group A, in Alur

Delhi versus Vidarbha, Elite Group B, in Vadodara

Hyderabad versus Karnataka, Elite Group A, in Alur

Baroda versus Odisha, Elite Group B, in Vadodara