Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017: Pathan Brothers Fail To Fire As Haryana Rout Baroda By 85 Runs
Riding on unbeaten half-centuries from Rahul Tewatia (78*) and Rahul Dagar (68*), Haryana defeated Baroda by 85 runs in their final group game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. But despite suffering the heavy defeat, Baroda progressed to the knockout phase of the tournament while Haryana bowed out of it after finishing third in the group.
Batting first, Haryana went off to a poor start after Shubham Rohilla was clean bowled by Irfan Pathan for only 1. An 81-run stand between Nitin Saini (67) and Chaitanya Bishnoi (36) laid the foundation for a good total before Baroda struck back with 4 quick wickets. Soaeb Tai, Krunal Pandya and Swapnil Singh made key incisions in the middle overs to leave Haryana reeling at 130 for 5 before Dagar and Tewatia began the rescue work. The duo shared an unbeaten partnership of 136 runs to propel Haryana to 266 for 5 in the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, Baroda were well-placed to chase down the total after their opener Kedar Devdhar and Krunal Pandya shared an 80-run partnership for the second wicket. However, Irfan Pathan’s men lost the plot after Pandya was dismissed and lost their last eight wickets for 72 runs as they were bundled out for a mere 181 in the 41st over. Sanjay Pahal and Ashish Hooda bagged three wickets each for Haryana.
It was a match to forget for some big names like Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. While Irfan was easily the worst bowler during the match, having conceded 64 runs in 9 overs for only one wicket, Yusuf was dismissed for a golden duck.
Haryana 266/5 (Rahul Tewatia 78*, Nitin Saini 67; Swapnil Singh 2-27) beat Baroda 181 (Kedar Devdhar 81; Ashish Hooda 3-32) by 85 runs
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