Rajasthan suffered the ignominy of getting bowled out for a paltry score of 35 against Railways in a central zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Railways won the match in only 5.3 overs losing a single wicket as the match lasted a total of 21 overs at the old Vidarbha Cricket Association ground at the Civil Lines.
This is the second lowest score by a team in the history of India’s domestic one day competition. The lowest score in List A in India was Saurashtra’s 34 against Mumbai back in the year 2000. Across the globe, this is the seventh lowest score in first-class cricket.
Rajasthan skipper Pankaj Singh opted for batting but the Rajasthan players strangely lacked stomach for fight with as many as five batsman were out without scoring.
Railways seamers Anureet Singh (5/16 in 8 overs) and Amit Mishra (5/18 in 7.3 overs) shared the spoils. The highest score was Arjit Gupta’s 13, which incidentally was the only double digit score by a batsman.
When asked about such dismal score, Railways skipper Mahesh Rawat was quick to point out that there were no demons in the pitch.
“Yesterday, we played at the same ground and both teams scored in the range of 240 plus. So you can’t simply blame the pitch. The pitch was fine and there were no demons. Our opening bowlers were brilliant from the start. We have young Bilaspur boy Amit, who bowls outswing at a decent pace and we had Anureet, who is a seasoned campaigner at this level,” skipper Rawat told PTI from Nagpur.
“The areas that our new ball bowlers bowled was brilliant and it became difficult for their batsmen. They wilted under pressure created by out bowlers,” said Rawat.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 35 in 15.3 overs (Anureet Singh 5/16, Amit Mishra 5/18). Railways 39/1 in 5.3 overs (Asad Pathan 20)
TAMIL NADU STUNNED BY GOA
Robin D’Souza (3/36) and S S Bandekar (3/43) shared half a dozen wickets between them as Goa stunned Tamil Nadu by registering a six-wicket win in their South Zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
After putting them in to bat, Goa bundled out Tamil Nadu for a meagre 182 in 49.2 overs and then chased down the target in just 33.2 overs, losing just four wickets.
Goa medium pacers — D’Souza and Bandekar — wrecked havoc, while spinner Shadab Jakati (2/26) also chipped in with two crucial wickets to unsettle the fancied Tamil Nadu batting line-up.
The only batsman to have made a significant contribution for Tamil Nadu was R Sathish, who scored a 75-ball 67, studded with five fours and a six.
In reply, Goa got off to a solid start with openers, Amogh Desai (68; 73b, 9X4) and Swapnil Asnodkar (77; 87b, 10X4, 2X6) putting on 146 runs together and almost sealing the match in their favour.
Although, Goa lost four wickets in quick succession but eventually they reached 184 for four in the 34th over itself.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu: 182 all out in 49.2 overs (R Sathish 67, Dinesh Karthik 29; Robin Dsouza 3/36, S S Bandekar 3/43). Goa: 184 for four in 33.2 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 77, Amogh Desai 68).
Brief Scores: Gujarat: 348 for 4 in 50 overs (S K Patel 146, P K Panchal 74, Y Venugopal Rao 64; Sudeep Tyagi 2/66). Saurashtra: 265 for 8 in 50 overs (Sheldon Jackson 81; R B Kalaria 3/39).
Brief Scores: Bengal: 310/3 (Wriddhiman Saha 84 no, Laxman Ratan Shukla 71 no, Arindam Das 74) Jharkhand 147 in 31 overs (Ashoke Dinda 5/29). Bengal won by 163 runs. Points: Bengal 4; Jharkhand 0.