Kuldeep wins ‘bat­tle’ against Chawla, but UP lose opener

HAZARE TROPHY In his very sec­ond match of do­mes­tic ca­reer, Chi­na­man bowler proves his worth

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It was a bat­tle of supremacy within the Ut­tar Pradesh team it­self and the bet­ter one proved his might in style.

Team In­dia dis­card and skip­per Piyush Chawla took 2/56 at 5.60 per over, whereas debu­tant China man bowler Kuldeep Yadav fin­ished with 2/26 at 2.60 per over.

Other than them, for­mer In­dia speed­ster RP Singh bagged 4/50 to kick-start his do­mes­tic jour­ney on a pos­i­tive note, but he couldn’t even stop de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rail­ways from scor­ing 39-run win against UP in the open­ing match of the Cen­tral Zone Vi­jay Hazare Trophy at Nag­pur on Fri­day.

Play­ing just his sec­ond do­mes­tic match, 29-year-old Delhi bats­man Ab­hishek Kaushik slammed 118-ball 100 with the help of 10 hits to the fence, and even he played cau­tious shots against the bowl­ing of Yadav, who couldn’t get a match in the aban­doned ODI se­ries against West Indies last month de­spite be­ing in the Team In­dia.

On the con­trary, Kaushik as well as ex­pe­ri­enced keeper­bats­man Ma­hesh Rawat (46, 54b, 4x4) looked com­fort­able against Chawla’s googles at the placid wicket of the VCA sta­dium in Jamtha. Kaushik’s 88-run sec­ond wicket stand with AN Ghosh (28, 49b, 3x4) con­sol­i­dated team’s score as Rail­ways fin­ished at 9/255 after be­ing sent to bat first.

Ut­tar Pradesh’s jour­ney in re­ply never looked set­tled as they kept los­ing wick­ets on reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Young Umang Sharma (56, 71b, 5x4) though tried to adorn in­nings, his run out in the 35th over dashed UP’s hopes. Praveen Kumar’s 20-ball 27, which con­tained one four and two sixes, down in the bat­ting or­der, re­mained the only brighter spot then be­fore UP in­nings con­cluded at 216 in 47.4 overs.

Now, UP take on Mad­hya Pradesh in their sec­ond match on Satur­day at the VCA sta­dium in Civil Lines, whereas Rail­ways meet hosts Vi­darbha at the VCA sta­dium in Jamtha. SATHISH, BADRI SHINE

Vi­darbha’s out­sta­tion pro­fes­sion­als Ganesh Sathish and In­dia dis­card Subra­ma­nium Badri­nath made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion as t he hosts ham­mered Ra­jasthan by 134 runs.

Bat­ting first, Vi­darbha posted a com­mend­able 285 in 49.3 overs with Sathish (103) and Badri­nath (86) scor­ing bulk of the runs. For Ra­jasthan, skip­per Pankaj Singh bowled his heart out on an un­re­spon­sive pitch to grab six for 50 in 10 overs, PTI adds.

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Kuldeep Yadav in ac­tion.

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