GUWAHATI, March 3 – Unmukt Chand cracked a brilliant 116 which enabled Delhi to beat Assam by 75 runs in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Vishakhapatnam today.
Batting first, Delhi riding on nineteen-year-old Unmukt’s ton, posted a mammoth 290 for nine. Unmukt blasted 8 boundaries and 3 sixes which put the Assam bowlers on the backfoot.
Chasing the challenging target, Assam’s Dheeraj Jadhav top-scored with 87 off 114 balls and his knock was studded with five fours and one six. Assam could not get the momentum going as wickets fell at regular intervals and folded their for 215 in 44.2 overs.
Delhi skipper Rajat Bhatia emerged as the top wicket-taker, snapping three in his seven overs, while Parvinder Awana and Varun Sood scalped two each.
For Assam, Pritam Das and Arup Das took three and two wickets each while J Syed Mohammad, Gokul Sharma and Tarjinder Singh contributed by taking one each.
Earlier, Unmukt anchored the Delhi innings and set the foundation for a huge score.
He was dismissed in the 45th over by Arup Das but by then, Delhi were already close to the 250-mark. It would have taken a mammoth effort for Assam to reach the total but their chase failed to take off as they were reduced to 64 for three in 14.1 overs.
Delhi: U Chand c Debnath b AK Das 116, P Bisht c AK Das b Sharma 52, G Gambhir c AK Das b Syed Mohammad 5, J Anand b AK Das 48, R Bhatia c & b Tarjinder Singh 2, Milind Kumar not out 31, S Narwal c Ahmed b PL Das 6, N Rana b PL Das 9, Varun Sood run out 0, P Awana b PL Das 0, V Tokas not out 3. Extras: (lb 4, w 13, nb 1) 18. Total: (9 wickets; 50 overs) 290. Fall of wickets: 1-97, 2-107, 3-222, 4-231, 5-247, 6-254, 7-276, 8-276, ov), 9-277. Bowling: AN Ahmed 6-0-49-0, AK Das 10-1-64-2, PL Das 10-1-54-3, Syed Mohammad 10-0-50-1, G Sharma 7-0-35-1, Tarjinder Singh 6-0-34-1.
Assam: PP Das run out 31, PK Debnath run out 5, SA Roy c Bisht b Awana 10, DS Jadhav b Bhatia 87, Tarjinder Singh c Narwal b Varun Sood 3, G Sharma c Narwal b Varun Sood 11, Syed Mohammad c Varun Sood b Bhatia 21, Rajdeep Das b Awana 9, AN Ahmed c Tokas b Bhatia 29, PL Das c Bhatia b Narwal 1, AK Das not out 0. Extras: (b 4, lb 2, w 2) 8. Total: (all out; 44.2 overs) 215. Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-34, 3-64, 4-72, 5-115, 6-144, 7-161, 8-214, 9-215, 10-215. Bowling: P Awana 7-0-31-2, S Narwal 9.2-0-44-1, V Tokas 6-0-25-0, J Anand 5-0-27-0, Varun Sood 10-0-46-2, R Bhatia 7-0-36-3.