Hosts Gujarat canter to consecutive wins

The Ahmedabad leg of the IndusInd Nagesh Trophy 2019-20 started with a simple ceremony, where hosts Gujarat took on Bihar in the first match. Bihar opted to field, but their decision backfired as the hosts Gujarat amassed a huge total 258 in 20 overs. Kalpesh, the B1 player was the star, scoring 95 runs at the top. Chasing such a huge total was always difficult and Bihar lost wickets at regular intervals, which didn't help their cause and they ended up at 165/7, short by 93 runs.

In the second match today, Himachal Pradesh were pitted against Bihar. After electing to bowl, winning the toss, Himachal was brilliant in the field, effecting 3 run-outs and Bihar could never recover from that jolt. Opener Shahid Aman waged a lone battle with an unbeaten 64 and Bihar could only manage 139 at the end of 20 overs. Chasing a decent total is always shaky and Himachal did exactly that and lost 2 quick wickets. But Vijay and Raj Kumar ensured there were no further hiccups and made sure Himachal romp home easily by scoring 143 inside 14 overs. Vijay stayed unbeaten on 74, which was studded with 3 sixes.

The 3rd match of this Ahmedabad leg of the IndusInd Nagesh Trophy was between hosts Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Gujarat won the toss and sent Himachal in. This was expected to be a thrilling contest and Himachal lost their opener early. But Sanjay made sure they don't lose their way and scored a crucial 69, which set the platform for Vijay to accelerate and he didn't disappoint and scored a stroke-filled unbeaten 72, which helped Himachal to set Gujarat a tough total of 208.

The hosts Gujarat aggressively started their chase with the openers putting on 53 in 4 overs. The second-wicket partnership of 84 runs laid the platform for the chase and Gujarat never really looked back after that. Opener Dinesh scored 84 and he was ably supported by the middle order, who chipped in with useful cameos and eventually Gujarat won by 5 wickets with a ball to spare.

Brief scores:

Gujarat vs Bihar:

Gujarat: 258/9, Kalpesh 95, Jignesh 46, Sahid Ahmad 2/30
Bihar: 165/7, Md Shahid Aman 53, Prakash 37, Vishram 2/29
Man of the Match: Kalpesh

Himachal Pradesh vs Bihar:

Bihar: 139/8: Md Shahid Aman 64*, Ajay Gupta 17, Kaushal 3/21
Himachal Pradesh: 142/2, Vijay 74*, Raj Kumar 21, Jay Prakash 1/21
Man of the Match: Vijay

Gujarat vs Himachal Pradesh:

Himachal Pradesh: 208/7, Vijay 72*, Sanjay 69, Visharam 2/35
Gujarat: 212/5, Dinesh 85, Arvind 25, Kalpesh 24, Kaushal 2/30
Man of the Match: Dinesh

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