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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017, Round 6 round-up: Krunal Pandya and Pathan brothers put Baroda on top

Nerve-less Vinay Kumar takes Karnataka to a thrilling victory against Hyderabad.

Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan
Irfan and Yusuf Pathan compiled a 91-run partnership to propel Baroda to a strong total

Krunal Pandya’s all-round heroics and a splendid batting partnership between Irfan and Yusuf Pathan helped Baroda beat Assam by 92 runs and retain their position at the top of Group A in the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Pandya weathered the onslaught of early wickets by compiling a steady 101-ball 72 before the Pathan brothers smashed aggressive half-centuries to swell the total. Not content with top-scoring for his team, the left-arm spinner produced a sizzling spell to demolish Assam’s lower-order at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi.

Meanwhile, at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan began promisingly before getting run-out for 26. Young skipper Rishabh Pant chipped in with a quickfire cameo even as Unmukht Chand played the anchor role in Delhi's four-wicket victory against Kerala. 

However, the game of the day took place at the iconic Eden Gardens. After demolishing Hyderabad for 108 on a viciously turning track, Karnataka found themselves tottering at 81/9 when Vinay Kumar showed his experience with a match-winning 56-ball 35. Apart from being the highest score on either side, the 33-year old’s gritty hand consolidated the team’s position at the top of Group D. 

Rohit Sharma’s much awaited come back did not quite go as well as he would have hoped for. At the SSN College Ground in Chennai, the elegant right-hander labored to a 33-ball 16 even as Mumbai rode on their bowlers to wrap up a 43-run victory against Andhra Pradesh.

Here is a quick recap from the sixth round of the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Group A

Baroda – 233/6 from 50 overs (Krunal Pandya 72, Yusuf Pathan 71, Irfan Pathan 50*, Pritam Das 3-37) beat Assam – 141 from 42.3 overs (Rishav Das 44, Krunal Pandya 4/20, Swapnil Singh 3/37) by 92 runs

Vidarbha – 237/9 from 50 overs (Ganesh Satish 78, Apoorv Wankhade 64*, Mohit Sharma 2/36, Rahul Tewatia 2/46) beat Haryana – 169 from 42.3 overs (Shivam Chauhan 46, Rajat Paliwal 32, Akshay Karnewar 4/29 and Apoorv Wankhade 3/38) by 68 runs

Odisha – 228/8 from 50 overs (Sandeep Pattnaik 85, Anurag Sarangi 32, Amit Mishra 2/31, Ashish Yadav 2/36) lost to Railways – 231/4 from 49 overs (Mahesh Rawat 88, Ashish Yadav 45, Arindam Ghosh 45, Govinda Poddar 2/35) by 6 wickets

Group B

Tripura – 188/9 from 50 overs (Gurinder Singh 91, Nikit Dhumal 4/19, Shrikant Mundhe 3/39) lost to Maharashtra – 193/6 from 34.1 overs (Kedar Jadhav 48, Nikhil Naik 46*, Abhijit Sarkar 2/39) by 4 wickets

Himachal Pradesh – 255 from 49.1 overs (Ankit Kaushik 72, Ekant Sen 58, Mohd Israr 4/33, Praveen Kumar 2/40) lost to Uttar Pradesh – 259/4 from 40.4 overs (Akshdeep Nath 109, Shivam Chaudhary 75, Pankaj Jaiswal 1/47) by 6 wickets

Kerala – 231/8 from 50 overs (Salman Nizar 59, Pawan Suyal 2/46, Navdeep Saini 2/49) lost to Delhi – 237/6 from 44.1 overs (Unmukht Chand 64, Milind Kumar 40, Sandeep Warrier 2/51, Fabid Ahmed 2/55) by 4 wickets

Group C

Mumbai – 231/8 from 50 overs (Adithya Tare 77, Siddhesh Lad 55, Rohit Sharma 16, Girinath Reddy 3/53, Bhargav Bhatt 2/54) beat Andhra Pradesh – 188 from 38.1 overs (Srikar Bharat 64, Hanuma Vihari 33, Shivam Dubey 3/21, Pravin Tambe 2/26) by 43 runs

Goa – 211/8 from 50 overs (Prathamesh Gawas 66, Suyash Prabhudessai 41, Kamlesh Nagarkoti 2/30, Nathu Singh 2/31) lost to Rajasthan – 214/3 from 40.2 overs (Salman Khan 61*, Mahipal Lomror 73*, Darshan Misal 2/46) by 7 wickets

Bengal – 270/8 from 50 overs (Sudip Chatterjee 91, Manoj Tiwary 59, Venkatesh Iyer 2/38) beat Madhya Pradesh – 256 from 50 overs (Harpreet Singh 109, Sayan Ghosh 3/43, Kanishk Seth 2/68) by 14 runs

Group D

Jammu & Kashmir – 170 from 46 overs (Parvez Rasool 53, Ram Dayal 50, Jaydev Unadkat 3/17, Kushang Patel 3/42) beat Saurashtra – 147 from 34.3 overs (Prerak Mankad 47, Parvez Rasool 4/39, Manik Gupta 2/24) by 23 runs

Hyderabad – 108 from 44 overs (Subramaniam Badrinath 18, Krishnappa Gowtham 5/28) lost to Karnataka – 109/9 from 29.2 overs (Vinay Kumar 35*, Mohammed Siraj 3/24, Chama Milind 3/42) by 1 wicket

Chattisgarh – 246/7 from 50 overs (Ashutosh Singh 84, Mohammad Kaif 65, Diwesh Pathania 2/45) beat Services – 232 from 49.3 overs (Soumya Swain 92, Suraj Yadav 78, Shubham Agarwal 3/26, Pankaj Rao 3/36) by 14 runs

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