Delhi’s dismal show in the domestic season continued as they finished a terrible fifth-place finish among six teams after losing four wickets to Saurashtra on Tuesday in their final league match in Group C of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Saurashtra was the group stopper with an all-win record and 20 points qualified for the quarter-finals with second-seeded Uttar Pradesh, who finished on 12 points with three wins from five matches. Delhi again struck first and made his way to 201 for 8, which was also possible thanks to useful punches from Anuj Rawat (45 from 57 balls) and skipper Pradeep Sangwan (34 from 43 balls).
Jaydev Unadkat (2/26) and Chetan Sakariya (2/29) kept things tight, while all-rounders Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad also took a wicket each.
In response, Saurashtra scored the runs and lost six wickets in 38.1 overs, with Mankad crushing 73 from 63 balls and this is his second half-century in two back-to-back games.
With IPL teams looking for bowling all-rounders, who can also be finishers, Mankad could interest franchises in the auction.
Delhi has now been eliminated from two domestic white ball competitions before reaching the knockout stage and it remains to be seen what kind of steps Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) will take to ensure an improved show in the Blue Riband Ranji Trophy tournament.
In another match, former KKR lefthander Rinku Singh (75) and pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/33) starred for Uttar Pradesh in their comprehensive 78-run victory over Haryana to finish second in the group.
UP scored 245/9 and except for Rinku, none of the others made it to the 50 run. For Haryana, Indian Seamer Harshal Patel (3/56) and veteran Mohit Sharma (2 wickets) were the main wicket takers.
Patel also hit 67 of 61 balls with six sixes, but the rest of the batters didn’t perform well and were all out for 167 in 38.5 overs.
In another match, seasoned bowlers Varun Aaron and Shahbaz Nadeem also took three wickets each as Jharkhand defeated Hyderabad by 36 runs in a minor group league match.
UP 245/9 (Rinku Singh 75, Harshal Patel 3/56). Haryana 167 in 38.5 overs (Harshal Patel 67, Ankit Rajpoot 5/33). UP won by 78 runs.
Delhi 201/8 (Anuj Rawat 45, Jaydev Unadkat 2/26). Saurashtra 204/6 (Prerak Mankad 73, Mayank Yadav 3/57). Saurashtra won by 4 wickets.
Jharkhand 276 (Virat Singh 65, Chama Milind 6/63). Hyderabad 240 (Varun Aaron 3/50, Shahbaz Nadeem 3/32). Jharkhand won by 36 runs.
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