Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rituraj takes 5 as Jharkhand beat Tripura by 8 wickets
Kolkata: Former Rajasthan medium pacer Rituraj Singh grabbed five wickets on his debut for Jharkhand as they comfortably thrashed minnows Tripura by eight wickets in an east zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One Day meet, here today.
Batting first, Tripura scored 173 in 48.3 overs with Rituraj taking 5 for 34 in 9.3 overs while India A bowler Rahul Shukla took two for 25.
For Tripura, their outstation professional Rakesh Solanki scored 63 off 106 balls with Nirupam Sen Chowdhury (42) adding 87 runs for the sixth wicket stand after they were reeling at 30 for five.
In reply, Jharkhand scored the runs in only 33.3 overs with 16-year-old schoolboy Virat Singh (86 not out) scoring bulk of the runs in a 81-run-partnership for the second wicket with Ishan Kishan.
Virat hit 11 fours and a six in 110 balls. He also added 87 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand with Kumar Deobrat, who finished off the match hitting 48 off 35 balls with four boundaries and three sixes.
Brief Scores: Tripura 173 in 48.3 overs (Rakesh Solanki 63, Rituraj Singh 5/34).
Jharkhand 178/2 in 33.3 overs (Virat Singh 86 no, Kumar Deobrat 48 no, Rana Dutta 1/31). Jharkhand won by 8 wickets.