World news – Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rahul Tewatia is fifty for nothing when Chandigarh takes off Haryana in a thrilling car chase

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Tewatia, who was named in the Indian T20I squad for the five-game series against England, had six sixes and four fours.

Published: February 21, 2021 3:25 PM |

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KOLKATA: Rahul Tewatia made his debut in India with a 39-ball 73, but his efforts were unsuccessful when Chandigarh won a thrilling three-wicket win over Haryana in Sunday’s Vijay Hazare Trophy Group E opener scored.

Tewatia, who was named on the Indian T20I squad for the five-game series against England, had six sixes and four fours. Chandigarh skipper Manan Vohra led a stiff 300-run chase with a 120-ball 117 (9×4, 2×6) before Ankit Kaushik put the finishing touches on with his dashing 78 out of 66 balls (4×4, 3×6).

Chandigarh finished the chase with three balls. Previously, Haryana had a solid start with 102 (125 balls; 11×1, 1×6) from Himanshu Rana and his 115-run opening stand with Arun Chaprana.

Chandigarh Bowler fought back to cause a medium-order collapse before Haryana hit Tewatias drove to a tough target to score a challenging 299/9 from her designated 50 overs. Tewatia, the explosive left-hander from Rajasthan Royals, raced to his third list A fifty in 32 balls and then got mad. He scored his next 22 runs with just six balls before being sacked by Jagjit Singh (3/36).

After dropping out of the group stage at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20, Bengal opened their campaign with a full 70 run – Victory against Services at Eden Gardens. Medium-order batsman Kaif Ahmad hit an excellent 53-ball 75 (11×4, 2×6) while skipper Anustup Majumdar backed him well with a 61-ball 58 when Bengal piled 315/6 after deploying services.

The top three, consisting of Shreevats Goswami (28), Vivek Singh (39) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (39), were also successful before the duo of Majumdar and Kaif took over a 92-strong partnership. In response, the fifties of skipper Rajat Paliwal (90) and Pulkit Narang (53) weren’t enough, as Bengal put pressure on the services with consistent wickets before they were kicked out in 49.4 overs for 245.

The Tempo trio made up of Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep as well as the left-wing spinner Shabaz Ahmed each selected two doors.

In Eden Gardens: Bengal 315/6; 50 overs (Kaif Ahmed 75, Anustup Majumdar 58) defeated Services Rajat Paliwal 90, Pulkit Narang

On the second campus of JU, Saltlake: Jammu & Kashmir 279/9; 50 overs (Shubham Khajuria 68, Vivrant Sharma 66, Abid Mushtaq 50 not enough; Chetan Sakariya 3/64, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/50) lost to Saurashtra 283/7; 49.1 overs (Chirag Jani 93 not out, Aripit Vasavada 66, Vishvaraj Jadeja 48, Jadeja 40) of three wickets.

At 22 yards, Salt Lake: Haryana 299/9; 50 overs (Himanshu Rana 102, Rahul Tewatia 73, Arun Chaprana 50; Jagjit Singh 3/36) lost to Chandigarh 300/7; 49.3 overs (Manan Vohra 117, Ankit Kaushik 78 not out, Shivam Bhambri 48) of three gates.

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