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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Ton-up Ruturaj Gaikwad stars in Maharashtra’s high-scoring successful chase

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Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his stellar form with a superb 136 to seal a high-scoring thriller in a high-scoring thriller in Group D of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Wednesday in a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh. Chasing a target of 329 runs, Maharashtra won the match with two balls to spare. Gaikwad, who was recently the top run-scorer of IPL 2021 to play a key role in Chennai Super Kings’ fourth win, hit 14 fours and four sixes in his 112-ball knock.

The 24-year-old had scored 51, 80, 81, 3 and 44 in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and missed the knock-out stage after being named in India’s T20I squad against New Zealand , where he did not play a single match. Single game in their 3-0 whitewash.

Chasing a long 329 runs, the Maharashtra captain, who had scored 635 runs in the IPL with four fifties and a century, became the youngest batsman to win the Orange Cap, surpassing KL Rahul’s 626 runs. , laid the foundation with 107 runs. – Opened partnership with Yash Nahar.

Nahar smashed 49 off 55 balls with the help of seven fours and a six as the duo laid the foundation for their entertaining opening stand in 17.1 overs.

After Nahar’s departure, Naushad Shaikh added another crucial 75 for the third wicket, helping Gaikwad and his deputy Rahul Tripathi (56 off 50 balls; 6×4, 1×6) assisted 33-ball 34.

Upcoming India all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer delivered a crucial breakthrough in the 39th over, taking Gaikwad’s prized scalp, as he lost another wicket in Azim Qazi (1) adding just 11 runs.

But Tripathi made sure no further damage was done as he kept him in the hunt on his way to complete a decent half-century.

After dismissing Qazi, debutant Aman Bhadauria (2/54) dismissed Tripathi in the 46th over, with Maharashtra needing 31 off 29 balls.

Ankit Bawane (24 not out off 22 balls; 2×4) and Swapnil Fulpagar (22 not out off 17 balls; 3×4) held their nerves to complete the chase in the final over.

Earlier, electing to bat, Madhya Pradesh posted 328/6 with hundreds from Shubham Sharma and Aditya Srivastava.

Sharma scored 108 runs in 102 balls (10×4, 2×6) while Srivastava scored 104 runs in 82 balls with the help of 9 fours and 3 sixes in a 175-run partnership.

Opener Abhishek Bhandari scored 70 runs in 80 balls with the help of 10 fours, while batting at number six, Venkatesh scored 14 runs in five balls with the help of two sixes.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh 328/6; 50 overs (Shubham Sharma 108, Aditya Srivastava 104, Abhishek Bhandari 70; Mukesh Chaudhary 2/54, Asha Palkar 2/86) lost to Maharashtra 330/5; 49.4 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 136, Rahul Tripathi 56, Yash Nahar 49; Amon Bhadauria 2/54) by five wickets.

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Chhattisgarh 256/6; 50 overs (Amandeep Khare 106, Harpreet Singh 104; Advance Tiwary 3/64, Ankit Manor 2/42) beat Uttarakhand 235/5; 50 overs (Robin Bisht 130 not out, Swapnil Singh 57) by 21 runs.

Chandigarh 184/8; 50 overs (Manan Vohra 56; Sijoman Joseph 3/44, Basil Thampi 2/31) lost to Kerala 185/4; 34 overs (Sachin Baby 59 not out, Rohan Kunnummal 46) by six wickets.

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