Leg spinner Abhishek Raut picked up a fifer, his best career figures, to help Odisha defeat Vidharbha by six wickets in a Group A match of the Vijay Hazare One-Day Nationals on Saturday. Raut took to the field and spun the web around the opposing batters, registering numbers of 5 for 36 to limit Vidhrabha to an undersized 148. Skipper Subhranshu Senapati (71 not out) and Anurag Sarangi (52) then hit each a fifty to guide Odisha home in 42 overs with four wickets in hand.
Alongside Raut, pacer Debabrata Pradhan took three wickets for 13 runs from his seven overs.
This was Odisha’s third win in trot after victories over Andhra (by 63 runs) and Gujarat (by 3 wickets).
In another Group A match in Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh defeated Gujarat by 97 runs to record their second consecutive win.
Prasanth Chopra (73), Amit Kumar (72) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (57) batted for a good half-century to help HP pile up an impressive 310 for nine.
Chintan Gaja took four wickets for Gujarat and gave up 71 runs.
In the chase, Gujarat was never in the hunt as they lost half of their side for 50 runs.
Leg spinner Piyush Chawla (65 out of 61) and Bhargav Merai (50 out of 70) scored in the 50s, but it wasn’t enough as Gujarat was out for 213 in 42.2 overs.
Vinay Galetia (3/37) and Sumit Verma (3/23) sparkled with the ball for HP.
Vidharbha 148 all-out in 42.4 overs (Akshay Wadkar 42; Abhishek Raut 5/36) lost by 6 wickets to Odisha 152 for 4 in 42 overs (Subhranshu Senapati 71 not out, Anrurag Sarangi 52; Atharva Taide 2/8) .
Jammu and Kashmir 208 all-out in 48.3 overs (Ram Dayal 116; Girinath Reddy 4/29) lost by 2 wickets to Andhra 209 for 8 in 49 overs (Ricky Bhui 56; Auqib Nabi 3/25).
Himachal Pradesh 310 for 9 in 50 overs (Prashant Chopra 73, Amit Kumar 72, Rishi Dhawan 57; Chintan Gaja 4/71) Gujarat 213 bets all-out in 42.2 overs (Piyush Chawla 65, Bhargav Merai 50; Sumeet Verma 3/23 ).
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