Vijay Hazare trophy: Himachal hammer Haryana by six wickets
Dharamsala: Paras Dogra and Nikhil Gangta scored half centuries in Himachal Pradesh's emphatic six wicket win over Haryana in a North Zone match of the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament here today.
Himachal dismissed Haryana for 163 after winning the toss and chased down the modest target with 12 overs to spare. Dogra (71 not out off 106 balls) and Gangta (56 off 78) starred with the bat for the home team after the bowlers' clinical effort led by Young medium pacer Pankaj Jaiswal (3/23).
It was a welcome win for Himachal after the loss to Services in the opening game. For Haryana, it was a match to forget after a morale boosting win against a formidable Punjab on Thursday.
The wicket at the HPCA Stadium here usually assists the seamers and keeping that in mind, batting is never an easy task.
The hosts wobbled in their chase initially, losing opener Prashant Chopra (0) and number three Ankit Kalsi (0) for nine runs in 2.2 overs.
It felt like anyone's match after Raghav Dhawan (12) departed to make it 45 for three in the 11th over.
However, Dogra and Gangta put up a 94-run stand to tilt the match in favour of Himachal.
Brief scores: Haryana 163 all out in 163 in 48.3 overs (Sunny Singh 34, Prateek Pawar 27; Prateek Jaiswal 3/23, Raghav Dhawan 2/16) lost to Himchal Pradesh by six wickets (Paras Dogra 71 not out Nikhil Gangta 56; Joginder Sharma 3/16).