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Jaipur: Captain and opener Rituraj Gaikwad’s century and the help of Rajwardhan Hungargekar, Satyajit Bachhav and Mukesh Chaudhary helped Maharashtra beat Himachal Pradesh by 59 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Opener Rituraj Gaikwad’s powerful century helped Maharashtra to 295 for eight in their first innings. Syed Mushtaq Ali Maharashtra is under pressure to do well in this competition to wash away its failures. On Sunday, captain Rituraj decided to bat first by winning the toss. He started the innings with Yash Nahar. The pair opened the innings with 78 runs. Nahar hit a half-century. After his dismissal, Naushad Sheikh supported Rituraj and scored a half-century for the team.
Sheikh Sthirawala was dismissed for 28 runs. Rituraj, meanwhile, batted aggressively as he crossed the half-century mark. However, he was eliminated shortly after the century. He hit 102 off 109 balls with nine fours and three sixes. At that time, the team’s double century was on the board. Kedar Jadhav disappointed once again. After that, Ankit Bawne (35) and Azim Qazi (47) took the team close to three centuries.
Chasing the big score for the victory, the Himachal batsmen were dismissed at regular intervals. His Abhimanyu Rana, Amit Kumar, Ayush Jamwal, Ankush Bains, Pankaj Jaiswal and skipper Rushi Dhawan showed some brilliance but could not prevent the team from losing.
From Maharashtra, Rajwardhan Hungargekar took the most 4 wickets. Satyajit Bachhav and Mukesh Chaudhary took 2 wickets each.
Maharashtra – 295 for 8 in 50 overs. (Rituraj Gaikwad 102, Yash Nahar 52, Azim Qazi 47, Ankit Bawne 35, Naushad Sheikh 28, Vaibhav Arora 4-45, Ayush Jamwal 2-49, Rushi Dhawan 2-57). Himachal Pradesh – 236 all out in 48.3 overs. (Abhimanyu Rana 46, Amit Kumar 34, Ayush Jamwal 29, Ankush Bains 28, Pankaj Jaiswal 23, Rushi Dhawan 22, Rajvardhan Hungargekar 4-42, Satyajit Bachhav 2-46, Mukesh Chaudhary 2-50).
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