Hyderabad crush Goa

Siraj, Sandeep, Tanmay help their side record five-wicket victory

By Author  |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 7th Oct 2019  7:44 pm
Fiery Spell: Hyderabad's Mohammed Siraj picked up four wickets to fashion his side's win over Goa in the Vijay Hazare tournament on Tuesday. File Photo

Hyderabad: Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj and left-arm spinner B Sandeep scalped four wickets each while opener Tanmay Agarwal scored an unbeaten half-century (66 from 71 balls, 11×4, 1×6) as Hyderabad returned to winning ways crushing Goa by five wickets at the Alur Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.

With this win, Hyderabad stay at third spot with 14 points from six matches. Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Goa failed to get going as Siraj struck on the first two balls of the innings to dismiss Sagun Kamar and Snehal Kauthankar. He then removed Aditya Kaushik in the innings seventh over to reduce Goa to 17/3.

CV Milind then sent Suyash S Prabhudessai cheaply. However, Amogh Desai (55 from 87; 4×4, 1×6) and Amit Verma (29) added crucial 68 runs for the fifth wicket. But Sandeep cleaned up the tail. He scalped four wickets in his next four overs to dismiss the opposition.

Chasing a modest total, Hyderabad did not have their best start. They lost opener Akshath Reddy for a naught in the second over. K Rohit Rayudu was also dismissed cheaply in the innings sixth over. Tanmay, who scored two half-centuries before this match, added 44 runs with captain Ambati Rayudu (21) and 55 runs with J Mallikarjun (30) to steer his side home.

Meanwhile, Karnataka dished out a clinical show as they beat Andhra Pradesh by 53 runs in their Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday. Put into bat at the Alur cricket stadium near here in the 50-over tournament, Karnataka posted a respectable 278/7 on the board, riding on useful contributions from their frontline batsmen.

The chase was horrendous for Andhra as opener Ashwin Hebber was cleaned up by pacer M Prasidh Krishna (3-40) for a duck. Then opener and wicket-keeper K S Bharat (38), who is eyeing a spot in the national team, and one-down D B Prashanth Kumar (78 off 104 balls) added 70 runs for the second wicket. However, Bharat was trapped in the front by K Gowtham and from there on the Andhra collapse began. No batsman except Prashant Kumar showed a fight as the others meekly surrendered to spinner Gopal. Eventually, Andhra innings folded up in 46.5 overs at 225.

After the win, Karnataka are topping the Elite Group A and B with 16 points, while Punjab (from B) stand second in the combined points table. Defending champions Mumbai are on the 12th spot and their chances of making to the play-offs appear bleak.

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