MS Dhoni top-scores but Jharkhand lose to Gujarat

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Bengaluru, Dec 11: MS Dhoni top-scored with 44 runs for Jharkhand but his knock was not enough as Gujarat eased to a 6-wicket victory in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here today.

Memorable day for Dhoni fans

Dhoni was again the cynosure of all eyes at Alur ground 3 (Silver Oval) on Friday (December 11). Just like yesterday, around 100 to 150 fans came to watch India's limited overs captain.

Dhoni bats during his 44-run knock. Photo by Aprameya .C

After falling cheaply, for 9, against Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (December 10), Dhoni improved on his score but rest of the batsmen failed. The 34-year-old Dhoni hit 4 boundaries in his 64-ball knock.

It was not the free-flowing and attacking Dhoni on view. He stared off slowly and there were no big hits right through his 95-minute innings.

The match was reduced to 47 overs per side due to a damp pitch. The contest started 45 minutes late. When Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel won the toss and sent the opposition in, Jharkhand were in trouble at 101/5. In the end, they were restricted to 177/7 in 47 overs.

In reply, Gujarat won in 40.5 overs, losing 4 wickets (179/4). Opener Priyank Kirit Panchal was the top scorer with 62 while left-hander Axar Patel remained unbeaten on 32 (42 balls, 4x4, 1x6).

The tournament takes a break tomorrow (December 12) and resumes on Sunday (December 13).

Scores in brief

Jharkhand 177/7 in 47 overs (MS Dhoni 44, Ishank Jaggi 34, Jasprit Bumrah 2/30, Axar Patel 2/30) lost to Gujarat 179/4 in 40.5 overs (Priyank Kirit Panchal 62, Parthiv Patel 44, Axar Patel 32 not out, Shabaz Nadeem 2/36).

Points: Gujarat 4; Jharkhand 0

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