Kunal Singh Rathore’s fluent 50 completed the bowling effort well as Rajasthan cruised to a comfortable 52-run victory over Delhi in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Tuesday.
Sent into bat, Rajasthan were reduced to 7 2 in three overs, and although Abhijeet Tomar (33), Mahipal Lomror (35) and captain Ashok Menaria (31) tried to revive the game, none of them pushed the pace. Delhi managed to take the wickets regularly.
However, Rathore, who came in to bat at number 7, hit a 75-ball 70, an innings which was studded with seven boundaries and four maximums and took Rajasthan to the 200-mark.
In the chase, Delhi struggled with some quality bowling and lost half of their side for 50 runs in the 15th over.
Shivank Vashisht hit a 60-ball 51 with the help of seven fours, but after returning in the 38th over, Delhi folded for 166 in 42.1 overs.
It was the pace trio of Aniket Choudhary (3/26), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (3/33) and Deepar Chahar (2/45) who did most of the damage as they shared eight wickets.
Rahul Chahar (1/24) and Ravi Bishnoi (1/27) also took one wicket each.
In other matches, Karnataka defeated Jharkhand by six wickets, riding on skipper Mayank Agarwal’s 63-ball 53 and a brilliant bowling display led by Vasuki Koushik (3/18).
Vidarbha also qualified easily as they beat Sikkim by 7 runs in another Group B match.
Asked to field, Vidarbha batted with a lot of heart to bundle Sikkim out for 97 and then hit the target in just 17.2 overs.
While Nachiket Bhute (3/29) and Aditya Sarwate (3/18) scored three wickets each, Jitesh Sharma emerged as the team’s top scorer with a 29-ball 48, which had five fours and four sixes. Assam also registered a massive 164-run win against Meghalaya Mukhtar Hussain (47, 3/19) produced a superb all-round performance at the Calcutta Cricket and Football Ground.
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