Vijay Hazare Trophy: Tare, Lad shine for Mumbai

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 25, 2017 06:22 PM IST

Gujarat players celebrate the dismissal of Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match in Chennai today.

Chennai: A superb century by Dinesh Karthik (118 off 97 balls) helped Tamilnadu post an impressive 314 for 8 in the

opening Group match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket tournament being held at Cuttack.

Put in to bat by Delhi captain Rishab Pant, Tamilnadu got off to a breezy start as openers M Kaushik Gandhi and V Ganga Sridhar Raju got into their stride.

The duo put on 76 runs before the latter got out for 33. Kaushik Gandhi, known for his stodgy ways at the crease, hit five fours and one six in his knock of 41 before falling.

Dinesh Karthik, who walked in at the fall of the second wicket, was involved in useful partnerships, first with skipper

Vijay Shankar (19) and B Indrajith (46) as Tamilnadu sought to take control of the game.

It was the former Indian ‘keeper Dinesh Karthik, who drove the game forward with an array of glorious shots and smashed 13 fours and three sixers. Veteran paceman Ashish Nehra was the best of the Delhi bowlers, picking up a four-wicket haul, giving away just 39 runs in his nine-over spell.

Nehra, who is eyeing a spot in the Indian squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament in England, kept the TN batsmen in check even as Dinesh Karthik cut loose with a series of superb shots.

He was finally dismissed by Nehra. Manan Sharma was among the wickets, scalping three batsmen including Kaushik Gandhi,

Meanwhile in Chennai, Mumbai made 273 for 9 against Ranji champions Gujarat with skipper Aditya Tara leading the way with a fine innings of 83. He was well supported by all-rounder Siddesh Lad, who hit 64.

Mumbai recovered from an indifferent start, losing the first three wickets for 46 before Akhil Herwadkar (41), Tare and

Lad launched the fightback.

Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel had won the toss and invited Mumbai to take first strike and his bowlers seemed to justify

the move as they kept the rival batters in control.

The promising, young Prithvi Shaw was dismissed cheaply, when he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah for 10.

For Gujarat, Chirag Parmar took four wickets while Indian ODI paceman Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Dahiya got two scalps apiece.