Vijay retains title to retain the VAP Trophy
Rahil Shah bowled with precision after N. Jagadeseen forced the pace on a rather slowish track as Vijay outplayed MCC by 125 runs to retain the VAP Trophy one-day competition at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Monday.
Left-arm spinner Rahil followed his five-wicket haul against Jolly Rovers in the semifinals by scalping four in the final, zeroing in on the right areas and giving away little in terms of width or length under the lights.
Under pressure as the asking rate climbed, when the under-siege batsmen attempted something different like Karan Kaila did with his reverse sweep off Rahil, he was brilliantly held at deep point by a diving Abhinav Mukund.
Earlier, skipper Vijay Shankar consumed opener Nilesh Subramanian on the drive and M. Mohammad had the experienced Suresh Kumar leg-before, playing across. Once the pacemen had opened the sluice gates, the spinners led by Rahil made deep inroads.
Akshay Srinivasan offered some resistance with an innings of 39 (62b, 5×4) but when attempting to up the tempo, ended up holing out to long-off off lanky left-arm spinner R. Sai Kishore.
In the afternoon, after Vijay opted to bat, wicket-keeper batsman N. Jagadeesan came up with an invaluable 109-ball 84 (5×4, 2×6). It was a tournament-winning innings of application and stroke-play.
There were other useful efforts in the Vijay innings and Abhinav (38), who surfaced in the middle-order, and skipper Vijay Shankar, whose 38-ball 41 included three sixes, gave thrust to the innings towards the end.
MCC’s run to the final had been stirring in nature but Vijay had the last laugh.
The scores (final): Vijay 260 for five in 50 overs (N. Jagadeesan 84, L. Suryapprakash 33, M. Shahrukh Khan 30, Abhinav Mukund 38, Vijay Shankar 41) bt MCC 135 in 35 overs (Akshay V. Srinivasan 39, Rahil Shah four for 23, Sai Kishore three for 31).
Man- of-the-final: N. Jagadeesan.
Man-of-the-tournament: Kaushik Gandhi .
courtesy: The Hindu
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