BCCI U-23 One-dayers: Clinical Hyderabad after the victory of 136 races over Saurashtra

HYDERABAD: Smarting under loss against loss of 147 runs for Himachal Pradesh On Friday, Hyderabad made a clinical display to post a 136-run victory over Saurashtra at BCCI U-23 one-day tournament Monday.

Against Himachal, it was the batters who refused, but on Monday they rose to the occasion with Shreyas Vala (60) and Rahul Buddhi (66) scoring half a century to achieve victory. Bowlers joined the party and Hyderabad pocketed four points of the game.

When asked to hit first, Hyderabad had a modest start with M. Abhirath Reddy (8) falling with the reading score 25. Mohd Junaid Ali and Syed Firasuddin (11) added 24 for the second wicket before the latter ran out.

Junaid (32) also set off with the reading marker 62. Shreyas Vala and A Varun Goud stabilized the tickets while bringing the score to 92 before Goud (20) fell.

Rahul Buddhi joined Shreyas and Hyderabad enjoyed the best batting period since the duo added 103 for the fifth wicket. Shreyas made a 60 watchman (90b; 4x4, 1x6) while Rahul faced the bowlers. He hit seven four and two six in his 46-ball 66.

Yash Gupta (14th) and Rajamani Prasad (21 no) used the long handle well to take Hyderabad to 257 by eight.

The Saurashtra chase never got off the ground as pacer Karthikeya Kak struck twice in quick succession to put his side on top. Kak removed Harvik Desai (2) and Vishvarajsing Jadeja (3) to reduce Saurashtra to 24 for two. Hitesh Yadav then struck twice by getting rid of Tarang Gohel (8) Yash Parekh (2) to leave Saurashtra floundering at 53 for four.

Saurashtra never really recovered from those blows despite Kevin Jivrajani holding one end up. Kevin made 60 (91b; 6x4, 1x6) before Varun Goud sent him back.

Saurashtra were bowled out for 121 in 38.5 overs. Varun took three for 23 and Hitesh got three for 22. Karthikeya claimed two for 8 in a miserly six overs he bowled.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 257/8 in 50 overs (Md Junaid Ali 32, Shreyas Vala 60, Rahul Buddhi 66; Devang 2/47, Pranav 2/63, Arjun Rathod 2/60) bt Saurashtra 121 in 38.5 overs (Kevin J 60 ; Karthikeya Kak 2/8, C Hitesh Yadav 3/28, A Varun Goud 3/23). Hyderabad 4, Saurashtra 0.

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