Gujarat defeated Delhi by 139 runs in the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore yesterday night. It was a dominating performance by Gujarat who outplayed Delhi in all departments and won their maiden One-day international trophy.
Chasing a target of 274, Delhi innings got off to a poor start, losing early wickets. Delhi was reduced to 31 for 4 in 10.1 over’s. Pant, Dhawan, Gambhir and Milind Kumar were dismissed for single digits score. Unmukt Chand and Nitish Rana tried to steady the innings. Unmukt Chand played some good shots before being dismissed for 33. Delhi was reduced to 100 for 9 before Pawan Negi played some shots and completed maiden list A half century. Pawan Negi was the last man dismissed for 57 and Delhi was dismissed for 134 in 32.3 over’s. Gujarat won the match by 139 runs. The pick of the bowlers for Gujarat was RP Singh who picked the first four wickets to fall and Bumrah picked 5 wickets for 28 runs in 9.3 overs.
Earlier, Gujarat won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Parthiv Patel and Panchal gave Gujarat a good start putting 30 runs for the first wicket in just 6.4 overs. Gujarat lost two quick wickets in the space of 14 runs. After that, Parthiv Patel and Rujul Bhatt put up an excellent partnership of 149 for the third wicket. Both players played sensibly taking singles and hitting boundaries. Parthiv Patel played a captain’s knock scoring century and was finally dismissed for 105 and Rujul Bhatt gave good support, as he also scored 60. Then Parthiv Patel and Rujul Bhatt got out in quick succession. Gujarat was struggling at 224 for 6 before Gandhi and Kalaria played some attacking strokes. Gandhi remained not out on 44. Gujarat was all out for 273 inside 50 overs. From Delhi, Nitin Saini, Bhati, and Negi picked 2 wickets each while Ishant Sharma, N Rana and Manan Sharma picked 1 wicket each.
Gujarat-273/10 (50 overs)– Parthiv Patel 105, Rujul Bhatt 60, Gandhi -44*
Delhi – 134/10 (32.3 overs) – Pawan Negi-57, Bumrah-5/28(9.3 over’s), RP Singh- 4/42