Vohra Leads Chandigarh to Win over Maharashtra

Chandigarh, Nov 9 (PTI) Chandigarh skipper and IPL specialist Manan Vohra hit an unbeaten half century to lead his side to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Maharashtra in a Syed Mushtaq Ali encounter here on Saturday.

Chasing 163 to win, Vohra, who opened the innings alongside Amit Parashar (4), led from the front taking his side to victory with 13 balls to spare.

Vohra in his unbeaten knock of 75 hit six fours and three maximums.

For Maharashtra, left-arm seamer Samad Fallah (1/45), left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav (1/28) and slow medium bowler Rahul Tripathi (1/12) got a wicket each.

Earlier, opting to bat, Nikhil Naik was the top scorer for Maharashtra. He hit an unbeaten 50 off 34 balls to help his side to reach 162 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs.

Chandigarh bowlers struck at regular intervals to prevent Maharashtra batsmen from stitching meaningful partnerships.

Apart from Naik, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and Swapnil Gugale chipped in with a 34 and 22 respectively.

Out-of-favour India all-rounder Kedar Jadhav also failed to impress with the bat scoring 13 off 15 balls.

In the other Group C encounter, Chhattisgarh bowlers restricted Himachal to 123 for eight in 20 overs before opener Veer Pratap Singh scored an unbeaten 61 to lead his side to an eight-wicket win.

Brief Scores:

Maharashtra: 162 for 8 in 20 overs (NS Naik 50 not out; Shresth 2/18) lost to Chandigarh: 163 for 3 in 17.5 overs (Manan Vohra 75 not out; Rahul Tripath 1/12) by 7 wickets.

Himachal Pradesh: 123 for 8 in 20 overs (Nitin Sharma 35 nout out; Ajay Mandal 3/18) lost to Chhattisgarh: 124 for 2 in 18.1 overs (Veer Pratap Singh 61 not out; Ayush Jamwal 2/11) by 8 wickets.

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