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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Gujarat recorded a second victory, defeating Goa

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Hosts Gujarat recorded their second consecutive victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, beating Goa with eight cassettes in a game of Elite Group A, here on Monday.

Gujarat had started its campaign with three wicket victories over Chatisgarh.

Choosing to fight at the Lalbhai Contractor stadium, Goa was dealt 159 for 45.4 overs, with Gujarat’s slow left hand Hardik Patel (3/34) inflicting most of the damage.

Gujarat then pursued the goal of 27.4 shots with half a century by Priyank Panchal (57 without out) and Bhargav Meray (57 of 55 balls).

Goa fought at 41/2 after losing opener Aditya Kaushik (4), who was kicked out of rhythm by Arzan Nagvasvala (2/31).

The other opener Ishan Gadekar (18) also failed to transform his start and became the first scalp of Hardik’s slow left fighter.

Gujarat continued to enter and did not allow the opposition batsmen to calm down. Snehal Kautankar (23; 3×4) also failed to make it big and was trapped in front of the gate by Hardik, leaving his country in place at 50/3.

They lost half of their country by 78, as captain Amit Verma (15) and Suyash Prabhudesai (3) also fell cheaply. Patient 36 from the goalkeeper of the door KD Eknath with 62 balls led his team over 120 draws.

But Nagwaswalla got his second goal after firing Eknath when Goa slipped to 123/6 in the 39th.

Darshan Misal, who finished in seventh place, scored the most with 44, with four limits, and that at least helped them cross the 150-mile mark, but was deprived of partners as the Gujarati bowling passed through the bottom row of Goa.

For Gujarat, all bowling played their part to perfection. Pacer Chintan Gaja (2/31) and spinning Piyush Chawla (2/32) also grabbed two crates each.

Gujarat started the chase with a strong note, with openers Dhruv Raval (37 of 26 balls) and Panchal, adding 53 for the first strap. Then Panchal and Bhargav Merai participated in the 92 series for the second gate and took the game from Goa.

Short results:

Goa 159 (Darshan Misal 44; KD Eknath 36; Hardik Patel 3/34, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2/31) lost to Gujarat 162/2 (Priyank Panchal 57 not out, Bhargav Merai 57; Deepraj Goankar 1/26, Amulya Pandrekar 1 / 29) of eight straps.

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