Aakash Sivasubramaniam
23 Nov 2022 | 03:41 PM

VHT 2022 | Bawne, Sarfaraz and Avesh headline in respective wins

Karnataka, Assam, Mumbai and UP too register a win ahead of the quarterfinal stage

Bawne’s 184 helps Maharashtra outclass Puducherry

Ankit Bawne followed his heroics against Mizoram with a thundering 184 against Puducherry, stitching two important partnerships with Rahul Tripathi and Azim Kazi, as Maharashtra posted a daunting total of 379. Sagar Udeshi and Rohan Suresh were on the receiving end of some trashing from the Maharashtra captain, who launched an assault after posting 95 in the earlier fixture against Mizoram. 

In reply, Puducherry were reduced to 70/3 in the run-chase, but a partnership from Paras Dogra (62) and Ankit Sharma (107), helped the side put up a spirited display during the run-chase. But ultimately, they fell flat by 105 runs, as they could only post 274 after their 50 overs. Manoj Ingale and Satyajeet Bachhav, were the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 2/28, and 2/26. 

Brief Scores: Maharashtra 379/7 in 50 overs (Ankit Bawne 184*, Azim Kazi 88; Ankit Sharma 2/40) beat Puducherry 274/7 (Ankit Sharma 107*, Paras Dogra 62; Manoj Ingale 2/28, Satyajeet Bachhav 2/26) by 105 runs

Result: Maharashtra qualify for the quarterfinal stage

Faiz Fazal helps Vidarbha go past spirited Jharkhand

Despite losing Atharva Taide relatively early in the innings, Vidarbha put on a show with the bat on the back of a crazy innings from the opener Faiz Fazal. Fazal launched a scathing attack on Jharkhand, with 120 runs off just 133 balls, in a knock that comprises of 11 fours and four sixes. A late flurry from both Ganesh Satish and Apoorv Wankhade took Vidarbha to a fighting total of 297 at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata. 

If not for the heroics from Saurabh Tiwary, Jharkhand would have picked the early bus back home, losing four wickets having put just 42 runs on board. However, a fighting performance from Tiwary, 138 off 131 balls, with 12 boundaries and three sixes, combined with the knocks from Kumar Kushagra (55) and Anukul Roy (39) took Jharkhand agonizingly close to the total, as they fell short by just nine runs in a thriller. 

Brief Scores: Vidarbha (Faiz Fazal 120, Ganesh Satish 55; Bal Krishna 2/45) beat Jharkhand (Saurabh Tiwary 138, Kumar Kushagra 55; Akshay Karnewar 2/49) by nine runs

Sarfaraz Khan continues sizzling run

Railways put one heck of a show in Ranchi, as Pratham Singh, scored an outstanding century against a strong Mumbai bowling unit, with eight boundaries and six sixes in a knock that always had the Mumbai side on their toes. Mohammad Saif too contributed immensely, with a 77-ball 92, as the Mumbai bowlers were on the receiving end of some carnage during the first innings, as Railways posted a humungous total of 337 after their 50 overs. 

But Mumbai, being this powerhouse, chased the total down in just 48.3 overs, thanks to the scintillating century from the in-form Sarfaraz Khan. After leading Mumbai earlier to a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title, Sarfaraz continued his golden run, with a 94-ball 117, a knock that single-handedly took Mumbai home, after they were stuttering at 107/3. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane too contributed with an 82-ball 88, as Mumbai confirmed their place in the quarterfinal. 

Brief Score: Mumbai 338/5 (Sarfaraz Khan 117, Ajinkya Rahane 88; Susheel Kumar 3/53) beat Railways 337/5 (Pratham Singh 109, Saif 92; Tushar Deshpande 1/53) by five wickets

Avesh Khan runs through Baroda as Madhya Pradesh win big

It was a field day for the Madhya Pradesh batters, as four out of their top five batters scored a half-century here in Mumbai. Shubham Sharma was the pick of the batters, with an 85-ball 88, as contributions from Yash Dubey (58), Himanshu Mantri (60), Rajat Patidar (52), all helped the side post a gigantic target of 350 for Baroda. 

Despite a plethora of big names in the Baroda setup, all they could manage is 59 runs on board, in probably one of the worst nights for the domestic side, as no batter posted a double-digit score on board. Skipper Ambati Rayudu and opener Aditya Waghmode top-scored with nine runs each. On the bowling front, it was a raw bowling show from India’s 50-over prospect Avesh Khan, who starred with figures of 6/37, probably a night that he will remember for years to come. 

Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh (Shubham Sharma 88, Himanshu Mantri 60; Lukman Meriwala 2/61) beat Baroda (Ambati Rayudu 9, Aditya Waghmode 9; Avesh Khan 6/37) by 290 runs

Other notable results: Karnataka beat Rajasthan by 60 runs, Assam surprise Delhi with a 25-run win, Uttar Pradesh slender past Saurashtra by two wickets, Gujarat beat Himachal by eight wickets, Hyderabad beat Chandigarh by 110 runs, Punjab beat Nagaland by 6 wickets, Jammu and Kashmir beat Uttarakhand by nine wickets, no result between Tamil Nadu and Kerala

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