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Dhanbad, Ranchi notch victories

Dhanbad romped home by seven wickets against Hazaribagh on Monday as Ranchi notched a five-wicket victory against West Singhbhum during the ongoing senior inter-district (Elite) cricket tournament for the HP Bodhanwala Trophy. The matches were played at the twin venues of Shahid Nirmal Mahato Stadium and Keenan Stadium.

Dhanbad’s victory largely revolved around the exploits of Aamir Hashmi, who hammered an unbeaten century in 64 balls (15x4, 1x6) to silence critics about his form. Hashmi’s efforts were well complimented by Dhanbad opener Shashim Rathour who helped himself to a brisk 72 run.

Ranchi on the other hand rallied around the batting of its wicket-keeper Shiv Prakash Gautam who scored a patient century in 127 balls (7x4, 2x6) to lead his team to victory at the Keenan Stadium.

Hashmi, who had a quiet tournament so far, roared to form on Monday carting bowlers to all parts of the Shahid Nirmal Mahto Stadium ground as Rathour held fort at the other end.

Rathour, who was in sublime touch for the Jharkhand colt outfit last season, unleashed some brilliant strokes in his innings after losing his opening partner Shashi Kumar cheaply. The right hander added 97 runs for the second wicket with wicket keeper Subroto Ghosh (26 runs, 3x4), before Hashmi and Ibnay Hussain Khan took over to guide Dhanbad to victory with a massive 140 run partnership.

Earlier, Hazaribagh’s Vipul Kumar Sinha scored a fine 78 runs (70 balls, 9x4, 1x6) to lead his team to a respectable total. Sinha was helped by cameos from opener Vinay Ekka (44 runs) and Sushant Pratap Sinha (37 runs) who helped guide hazaribagh to a total of 256 runs in their allotted quota of 50 overs.

At Keenan, stumper Gautam single-handedly led Ranchi’s reply, after West Singhbhum posted 236 runs in their 50 overs. Anirban Chatterjee played the supporting role by scoring 82 runs in 62 balls for Ranchi.


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