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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Tewatia’s fifty in vain as Chandigarh pulls off big chase

Rahul Tewatia celebrated his maiden India call-up with a 39-ball 73 but his effort went in vain as Chandigarh secured a thrilling three-wicket win over Haryana in its Vijay Hazare Trophy Group E opener in Kolkata on Sunday.

Tewatia, who was named in the India T20I squad for the five-match series against England, clobbered six sixes and four fours.

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Chandigarh skipper Manan Vohra led a stiff 300-run chase with a 120-ball 117 (9×4, 2×6) before Ankit Kaushik provided the finishes touches with his brisk 78 from 66 balls (4×4, 3×6). Chandigarh completed the chase with three balls to spare.

Earlier, Haryana got off to a solid start with a cracking 102 (125 balls; 11×1, 1×6) by Himanshu Rana, who put on an 115-run opening stand with Arun Chaprana.

Chandigarh bowlers fought back to trigger a middle-order collapse before Haryana rode on Tewatia’s strong finish to post a challenging 299/9 from the stipulated 50 overs.

Tewatia, the explosive Rajasthan Royals left-hander, raced to his third List-A fifty in 32 balls and then went berserk, scoring his next 22 runs off only six balls before getting dismissed by Jagjit Singh (3/36).

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