Vijay Hazare Trophy : Gujarat clinch title in one-sided contest: The domination of Gujarat over Delhi in all departments of the game was clearly visible at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, when they went on to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015.
Put in to bat, Gujarat, led from the front by their diminutive skipper, Parthiv Patel, amassed a huge 273 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
The third wicket partnership of 149 runs between Patel and Ruju Bhatt, steadied the innings after the initial hiccup of losing two wickets for 44 runs in the 10th over.
Bhatt, registering his 9th List A half-century in his 22nd game (21st innings) scored 60 runs with 4 fours and a six, facing 74 deliveries in 105 minutes, while Parthiv, playing in his 159th game (149th innings), registered his maiden List A century and notched up 105 runs with 10 fours, facing 119 deliveries in a span of 160 minutes.
Gautam Gambhir, skipper of Delhi, tried as many as seven bowlers to dislodge the Gujarat batsmen but could not prevent them from setting up a stiff target.
Chasing 274 runs for a victory, Delhi batsmen could never get into the groove and were found wanting.
Gujarat seamer, Rudra Pratap Singh was in his best element, literally spewing venom. He ripped through the top order and reduced Delhi to 59 rums for the loss of 5 wickets in the 17th over. Only Unmukt Chand could offer some kind of a resistance and put up 33 runs.
Later it was the turn of the 22-year old Jasprit Bumrah to take over from where RP Sigh left. He accounted for the wickets of Unmukt Chand (33), Nitish Rana (12), Pawan Negi (57), Subodh Bhati (3) and ishant Sharma (0).
Pawan Negi tried to do some salvaging act, batting down the order, but did not receive any support from the other end.
Delhi innings finished with 134 runs in 32.3 overs, falling short of the target by 140 runs.
RP Singh returned with the figure of 10-2-42-4, while Bumrah, claiming his maiden List A ‘5-wicket’ haul in his 20th match (20th innings), finished with an impressive analysis of 9.3-1-28-5.
For his bowling efforts, RP Singh and the Gujarat skipper, Parthiv Patel, for his wonderful batting performance, shared the Player of the Match Award.