Hundreds from opener Dhruv Shorey and Nitish Rana helped Delhi score a thumping 179-run win over Pondicherry in a Pool D match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament here on Tuesday. Chasing a daunting 355, Pondicherry was bowled out for 175 in 39.3 overs.
No. 3 batsman Suresh Kumar top-scored with 42 off 53 balls for Pondicherry. Left-arm seamer Kulwant Khejroliya took four for 47 in eight overs.
Earlier, Delhi, put in to bat, was in some trouble when pacer Sagar Trivedi struck twice in the sixth over, dismissing Shikhar Dhawan and Himmat Singh, leaving the team at 25 for two.
Shorey (132, 142b, 13×4, 3×6) and Rana (137, 106b, 21×4, 1×6) added 255 for the third wicket to help Delhi reach 354 for four in its allotted 50 overs.
Mumbai’s batsmen succeeded in going past Maharashtra’s 279 for nine in a match between two familiar rivals. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (103 not out, 99b, 9×4, 1×6) led from the front to take his side home with six wickets and 2.4 overs to spare.
There were also useful contributions from openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (40, 66b), Prithvi Shaw (34, 38b) and Shivam Dubey (47, 39b).
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There were two centuries in the Maharashtra innings — Yash Nahar (119, 133b, 7×4, 6×6) and Azim Kazi (104, 118b, 12×4, 2×6) — but no other player reached 20. Seamer Dhawal Kulkarni took five for 44 for Mumbai.
In the day’s other Pool D match, a brilliant all-round performance from Rishi Dhawan powered Himachal Pradesh to a four-wicket victory against host Rajasthan with 16.3 overs remaining.
After taking six for 27 (from 8.5 overs) with his seam bowling, he smashed an unbeaten 73 off 64 balls (11×4, 1×6) to lead the chase of a modest target of 200.
Scores: Elite D (Jaipur):
Maharashtra 279/9 in 50 overs (Yash Nahar 119, Azim Kazi 104, Dhawal Kulkarni 5/44) lost to Mumbai 280/4 in 47.2 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 40, Shreyas Iyer 103 n.o., Shivam Dube 47).
Delhi 354/4 in 50 overs (Dhruv Shorey 132, Nitish Rana 137) bt Pondicherry 175 in 39.3 overs (S. Suresh Kumar 42, Kulwant Khejroliya 4/32).
Rajasthan 199 in 47.5 overs (Arjit Gupta 45, Mahipal Lomror 67, Rishi Dhawan 6/27) lost to Himachal 201/6 in 33.3 overs (Rishi Dhawan 73 n.o.).