Big teams register victories as Vijay Hazare Trophy got underway on Monday.
At Bangalore, debutant seamer Ronit Gajanan More took 6 for 18 as Karnataka drubbed Goa by eight wickets in the south zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
More,20, playing his maiden List A match, bowled with lot of control as Goa were skittled out for 54 in 20.3 overs after Karnataka skipper Robin Uthappa won the toss and elected to field. Abhimanyu Mithun also complemented the youngster with two for 21. Reagan Pinto (19) was the only Goa batsman to reach double figures.
More has honed his skills at the MRF Pace Academy and just like Rajasthan youngster Ritu Raj Singh has played for the Australian Institute of Sports during the Emerging Trophy in Brisbane last year.
Brief Scores: Goa 54 in 20.3 overs (Ronit More 6/18); Karnataka 55/2 in 12.3 overs (Robin Uthappa 23)
Rajasthan beat Vidarbha by three wickets
At Nagpur, wicketkeeper-batsman Dishant Yagnik scored a fifty as Rajasthan eked out a narrow three-wicket win over hosts Vidarbha in the Central Zone leg of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Electing to bat, Vidarbha were folded for 206 in 46.5 overs, courtesy some good bowling by Raman Chahar (3/48), Gajendra Singh (3/37) and Vikrant Yadav (2/35). Urvesh Patel was the top-scorer for Vidarbha with an innings of 72 off 105 balls, studded with five boundaries.
In reply, Rajasthan lost wickets at regular intervals but always looked in control of their chase. They managed to overhaul the target with three wickets and just five balls to spare. Yagnik along with Robin Bisht (36) set the tempo, while middle-order pair of PR Yadav (44) and VA Deshpande (31) sealed the victory for Rajasthan. Spinner SS Ruiker (2 for 31) was the pick of the home side bowlers.
Earlier, Urvesh played the role of an anchor and starred in three crucial partnerships along with opener Akshay Kolhar (32), Hemang Badani (28) and skipper RS Paradkar (34) to take Vidharbha to a decent score.
Brief Score: Vidarbha: 206 all out in 46.5 overs (A Kolhar 32, Urvesh Patel 72, Vikrant Yadav 2/35, R chahar 3/48, G Singh 3/37); Rajasthan: 207 for seven in 49.1 overs. (D Yagnik 51, R Bisht 36, P Yadav 44; SS Ruiker 2/31)
Smashing century by Karthik ensures bonus point for TN
At Bangalore, Dinesh Karthik's blazing century and an equally attacking innings by Srikkanth Anirudha helped Tamil Nadu register a comfortable five-wicket win over Andhra in their opening South Zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Karthik, who scored his 16th List A century, was unbeaten on 105 off 83 balls. It was his attacking batting that helped Tamil Nadu get a bonus point as they reached the target of 248 with more than 10 overs to spare.
Anirudha was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved 100 as he edged one off seamer Syed Sahabuddin to 'keeper Srikar Bharat.
Earlier, it was Tamil Nadu captain Laxmipathy Balaji who grabbed five for 37. Only opener Prasanth Kumar (73) made a significant contribution for Andhra.
Brief Scores: Andhra 247 in 46.4 overs (Prasanth Kumar 73, L Balaji 5/37); Tamil Nadu 251/5 in 39.5 overs (D Karthik 105 no, S Anirudha 94)
UP beat Railways by 17 runs
At Nagpur, Mohammad Kaif (56) and Amir Khan (50) cracked half-centuries as Uttar Pradesh notched up a 17-run victory over Indian Railways.
Electing to bat, UP were dismissed for 186 but the RP Singh-led team returned to bowl out the Indian railways for 169, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming four for 28.
Earlier, UP were rattled by Railway's seamers and at one stage were reduced to 29 for five. Exploiting the early morning life on the wicket, K Upadhaya (4 for 39) and Shailender Gehlot (2 for 29) put Railways in early command. However, Kaif and Amir shared a 104-run sixth-wicket partnership to bring some stability to the batting side but once the duo were dismissed, Railways were once again on top.
In reply, Indian Railways were left tottering at 26 for six by some fierce seam bowling from Bhuvneshwar and RP Singh (3 for 32). Left-handed batsman Faiz Fazal (70) and Ashish Yadav (41) raised some hope for the Railways with some defiant batting but eventually fell short.
Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 186 all out in 48.3 overs (Mohd Kaif 56, Amir Khan 50; K Upadhyay 4/39); Indian Railways: 169 all out in 48.3 overs (Faiz Fazal 70, Ashish Yadav 41; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/28)
Hyderabad beat Kerala by 2 wickets
At Bangalore, an unbeaten 113 by Kerala batsman Rohan Prem went in vain as Akshath Reddy slammed 110 not out to help Hyderabad snatch a two-wicket victory.
Prem anchored the Kerala innings with two half-century partnerships of 63 for the fourth wicket with Sachin Baby (31) and 66 for the sixth with Pradmanabhan Prasanth (36).
In reply, Hyderabad were 125 for five, but Akshath Reddy and Ibrahim Khaleel (54) added 120 runs for the sixth wicket to steady the innings.
Brief Scores: Kerala 266 for 6 in 50 overs (Rohan Prem 113 not out, Sachin Baby 31, Padmanabhan Prasanth 36, Ashish Reddy 2 for 51); Hyderabad 267 for 8 in 48.3 overs (Akshath Reddy 110 not out, Tirumalasetti Suman 38, Ibrahim Khaleel 54, Padmanabhan Prasanth 2 for 54, N Niyas 3 for 47)
Saha, Majumdar win it for Bengal
At Kolkata, Anustup Majumdar brought up his fourth century in five matches this season to power Bengal to a seven-wicket win over Orissa in their East Zone opener of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Chasing a modest 211, Bengal seemed in a spot at 23 for three in the eighth over after the dismissal of skipper Sourav Ganguly (12), opener Jayojit Basu (0) and Arindam Ghosh (3). But Majumdar (100 not out) and Wriddhiman Saha (85) added 190 runs for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand to shut the door on Orissa.
Electing to bat, Orissa found the going tough as they collapsed for 210 in 49.3 overs with left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena taking three for 20 in his ten overs. Ashok Dinda chipped in with two wickets.
The convincing win also ensured a bonus point for the East Zone.
Brief Scores: Orissa 210 in 49.3 overs (Natraj Behera 46; Iresh Saxena 3/20); Bengal 213/3; 34.4 overs (Anustup Majumdar 100 not out, Wriddhiman Saha 85 not out, Souarv Ganguly 12)
Harbhajan goes wicketless but Punjab win comfortably
At New Delhi, Harbhajan Singh went wicketless on his return to competitive cricket but led his team to comfortable four-wicket win over Ranji Trophy semi-finalists Haryana.
Opting to bat first, Haryana scored 243 for six. Punjab captain Harbhajan bowled eight overs giving away 46 runs, while Manpreet Gony (2/40) returned with best figures. Haryana captain Nitin Saini (77) and allrounder Sachin Rana (59) were the main scorers. For Punjab, middle-order batsman Amitoze Singh (76) and his partnership of 61 runs for the sixth wicket with Bipul Sharma (29) proved crucial.
The absence of seasoned Amit Mishra hurt Haryana badly as they didn't have the required experience to check the run-flow during the middle-overs. Young Harshal Patel (2/41) got a couple of wickets but lacked support from the other end.
Brief Scores: Haryana 243/6 in 50 overs (Nitin Saini 77, MS Gony 2/40, Harbhajan Singh 0/46); Punjab 247/6 (Amitoze Singh 76, Harshal Patel 2/41).
Assam defeat Tripura to earn a bonus point
At Kolkata, Dheeraj Jadhav struck an unbeaten 75 to guide Assam to an eight-wicket win with a bonus point against Tripura, in their East Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Put into bat, Tripura were skittled out for a paltry 180. Two half-centuries from the opening duo of Jadhav (75 not out) and Pallav Das (52) helped Assam chase the target in 38 overs. Medium pacer Arup Das scalped the top three Tripura wickets, including a twin strike in the 12th over to reduce them to 61 for four.
Tripura could not recover from the early blow, even as skipper Vinayak Samant played a defiant 56-ball 45, and bundled out in 48.3 overs.
Sujay Tarafdar (2/26) and Tarjinder Singh (2/29) also excelled for Assam in the bowling.
Brief Scores: Tripura 180 in 48.3 overs (Vinayak Samant 45; Arup Das 3/31); Assam 181/2 in 38 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 75 not out, Pallav Das 52)