Gajendra hat-tricks: Rajasthan, Mumbai, TNCA, Andhra win easily

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Chennai, Sep 3 (UNI)Defending champions Mumbai began their campaign with an easy six wicket win over Karnataka, hitting up a target of 229 losing four wickets, while Rajasthan's left armer Gajendra Singh (4-34) bowled his team to a resounding 275 run win claiming a hat-trick in the first round of the league matches in the All India Buchi Babu cricket tournament ended here today.

After hitting up 377 losing six wickets in the stipulated 90 overs on the first day yesterday, Rajasthan bowled out Assam for a paltry 102 in 29.1 overs as its medium pacers Pankaj Sing (2-25), Sumit Mathur (2-20) and Shailendra Gehlot (2-13) struck early blows.

But Gajendra Singh wrapped up the contest dismissing Assam's Dheeraj Goswamy, Krishna Das and Vikrant Yadav off the third fourth and fifth balls of his sixth over and Assam's 22nd over, to perform the first hat-trick in the tourney. He finsihed with figures of 9.1-2-34-4 wickets.

For Mumbai, Hiten Shah's unbeaten 139 off 121 balls with 19 fours and a six and Prashant Nayak's unbeaten 34 off 56 balls was enough to help the side for an outright win and garner full four points. The duo put on 115 runs for the fifth wicket in an unbeaten stand.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association(TNCA) XI also gained their first four points with an outright win, hitting up the target of 178 in 90 overs easily. They made 179 for 3 in 42 overs helped M Vijay's century knock of 121 with 13 fours and four sixes. Einstein was the other main scorer with an unbeaten 39 with sixt fours, off 75 balls.

Their partnership of 131 in 27.3 overs saw TNCA through.

Andhra also made short work of Combined Districts XI reaching the victory target of 177 losing six wickets in 61.5 overs. Y Gyaneshwar Rao made 73 off 127 balls with 11 fours, resuming at his overnight score of 40. Districts were restricted to 175 yesterday. For them left arm spinner C Suresh took 3-20.

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