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Ton-up Jadeja keeps Saurahstra in hunt for QF berth

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

all-rounder returned to form with an unbeaten century and steered Saurashtra to a four-wicket win over in the Vijay Hazare Trophy today.

Batting at number four, smashed a 116-ball 113 not out, inclusive of seven fours and four sixes, as Saurashtra knocked off Jharkhand's 330-run target with 10 balls to spare.

also returned among runs (44 from 54 balls; 6x4) in a 73-run partnership with at the Gymkhana Ground in Secunderabad.

The left-hander also shared 114 runs with Chirag Jani (59) and played the finisher's role to perfection, taking them past the line in 48.2 overs, as Saurashtra returned to winning ways and remained in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.

A splendid all-round show by Vishal helped halt Ranji champions Vidarbha's four-match winning streak with a stunning 45-run victory at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.

Vidarbha remained on top with 16 points from five matches but the win lifted (12) to second place, going past (12) on net run rate in the group D table. Saurashtra (eight) jumped to fourth place with eight points from four matches.

Batting at number seven, hammered a 36-ball 61, studded with five sixes and four boundaries, to propel to a challenging 284 for eight after they elected to bat.

went on to become the wrecker-in-chief, returning figures of 4/54 with his medium pace bowling, as Vidarbha collapsed to 239 in 46.1 overs.

Kushwah dismissed Ganesh Satish (25) before removing Ravi Jangid (four) and Apoorv Wankhade (0) in five balls to derail their chase.

In the 26th over, Kushwah got his fourth victim in Faiz Fazal, who got out for 53 as Vidarbha were left tottering for 125/6.

Akshay Karnewar kept Vidarbha in the hunt with a 64-ball 60 (3x4, 3x6) but his valiant effort went in vain, with (3/41) wrapping up the issue in 46.1 overs.

Earlier, was Chhattisgarh's top scorer with a 57-ball 65 (7x4, 2x6) as he steered their middle order after a mini collapse.

Brief Scores:

Chhattisgarh 284/8; 50 overs (65, Vishal Kushwah 61; Shrikant Wagh 3/58) beat Vidarbha 239 all out; 46.1 overs (Akshay Karnewar 60, 53; Kushwah 4/54, 3/41) by 45 runs.

At AOC Centre Thapar Stadium, Secunderabad: Services 296/6; 50 overs (Nakul Verma 125, 71; Diwesh Pathania 48 not out) lost to Jammu & 297/5; 49 overs (Shubham Khajuria 102, 94, 48) by five wickets.

At Gymkhana Ground, Secunderabad: 329/9; 50 overs (93, 64) lost to Saurashtra 333/6; 48.2 overs (113 not out, Chirag Jani 59) by four wickets.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:30 IST