Vijay Hazare Trophy: Gujarat Thrash Goa by 8 Wickets to Record Second Consecutive Victory

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Hosts Gujarat recorded their second straight win at the Vijay Hazare Trophy, beating Goa by eight wickets in an Elite Group A match in Surat on Monday. Gujarat had started their campaign with a three wicket victory over Chhattisgarh. Goa chose to hit at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, getting 159 in 45.4 overs, with Gujarat’s slow left arm spinner Hardik Patel (3/34) doing most of the damage.

Gujarat then chased the target in 27.4 overs with half centuries from Priyank Panchal (57 not out) and Bhargav Merai (57 of 55 balls).

Goa struggled at 41/2 after losing opener Aditya Kaushik (4), who was cast by pacesetter Arzan Nagwaswalla (2/31).

The other opener Ishann Gadekar (18) also failed to convert his start and became the first scalp of slow-left-arm bowler Hardik.

Gujarat continued to invade and did not allow the opposition batsmen to settle. One-down Snehal Kauthankar (23; 3×4) also failed to get big and was locked in for the wicket by Hardik, putting his side in trouble at 50/3.

They lost half their match to 78 when skipper Amit Verma (15) and Suyash Prabhudessai (3) also fell cheap. It was patient 36 of wicket-keeper KD Eknath who knocked off 62 balls that marked his team over the 120 run.

But pacesetter Nagwaswalla got his second wicket after turning down Eknath when Goa slid to 123/6 in the 39th.

Darshan Misal, who came in at number seven, scored at the top with 44, with four limits and that at least got them past the 150 point limit, but had no more partners when Gujarat bowlers ran through Goa’s lower rank.

Before Gujarat, all bowlers played their part to perfection. Pacer Chintan Gaja (2/31) and spinner Piyush Chawla (2/32) also took two wickets each.

Gujarat started the chase on a strong note, with openers Dhruv Raval (37 from 26 balls) and Panchal adding 53 for the first wicket.

Then Panchal and Bhargav Merai were involved in a 92 point score for the second wicket and took the match away from Goa.

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Short scores:

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) with eight wickets.

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