Opener Faiz Fazal struck a defiant half-century before the visiting bowlers made it count to help Vidarbha beat Delhi by 18 runs in the Group C Vijay Hazare cricket encounter on Friday.
Electing to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Vidarbha rode on Fazal’s 83 to post 163 all out in 45.2 overs — a score which proved challenging in the low-scoring encounter.
Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma bowled his heart out to return with impressive figures of 5-21 and his effort was backed up by Navdeep Amardeep Saini and Subodh Bhati, who bagged two wickets each.
Chasing in what seemed an easy target for the star-studded line-up, Delhi faltered against a disciplined bowling attack led by pace spearhead Umesh Yadav.
Opener Unmukt Chand top-scored with 57 as skipper Gautam Gambhir (6) once again failed to lead by example.
Umesh, Ravi Jangid, Akshay Karnewar and Akshay Wakhare bagged two wickets each to help Vidarbha register their first win after the loss against Odisha on Thursday.
Vidarbha 163 all out in 45.2 overs (Faiz Fazal 83, S Badrinath 20; Ishant Sharma 5-21)
Delhi 145 all out in 45.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 57, Milind 25; Akshay Karnewar 2-17)
Dhoni top-scores, but Jharkhand lose to Gujarat
Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with a defiant 44 but his innings went in vain as Jharkhand lost to Gujarat by six wickets in the Group B League match of Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday.
Electing to bat at the KSCA Cricket (3) Ground, Jharkhand scored 177 for four in 47 overs but could not stop Gujarat from running away with an easy win.
Gujarat rode on opener Priyank Kirit Panchal’s 62 to achieve their target in 40.5 overs. If the second-wicket 111-run partnership between Panchal and skipper Parthiv Patel (44) laid the base for their comfortable win then Rujul Bhatt (24*) and Axar Patel made sure (32*) that they
only lose four wickets in the process.
Dhoni, who failed to impress in the first domestic match for his state — managed just 9 runs — after a gap of eight years, scored 44 runs off 64 balls, which was studded with four boundaries.
The Indian limited-overs’ captain was cleaned up by Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed two crucial wickets — he also got opener Ishank Jaggi for 34.
Jharkhand had registered a win against Jammu and Kashmir in their opening game.
Jharkhand 177/7 in 44 overs (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 44 not out, Ishank Jaggi 34; Jasprit Bumrah 2-30, Axar Patel 2-30)
Gujarat 179/4 in 40.5 overs (Parthiv Patel 44, Axar Patel 32 not out; Shahbaz Nadeem 2-36)
Points: Gujarat 4, Jharkhand 0.