Venkatesh Iyer smashed 151 with the bat and took two wickets with the ball as he helped Madhya Pradesh beat Chandigarh via 5 runs in a Workforce D fit of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Rajkot on Sunday. Venkatesh, who’s observed as a India prospect to fill within the Hardik Pandya slot throughout white-ball codecs, blazed his approach to a 113-ball 151 (8×4, 10×6) to energy Madhya Pradesh to a difficult 331/9. Chandigarh spoke back in taste with centuries from skipper Manan Vohra (105) and Ankit Kaushik (111) and wanted 32 runs from the remaining 12 balls. Bowling the penultimate over, Venkatesh gave some other leap forward pushing aside Gurinder Singh en path to his 2/64 from 10 overs that incorporated a maiden as Chandigarh may just most effective arrange 326/8.
After finishing his century, Venkatesh copied an Rajinikanth’s iconic salute in birthday party.
Watch the video of his birthday party right here:
Our Sunday could not get any higher!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 12, 2021
Madhya Pradesh younger gun Avesh Khan led the bowling display with 3/72, whilst Puneet Datey additionally chipped in with two wickets together with Venkatesh.
The win helped Madhya Pradesh (+0.590) stay at 2nd position in the back of Kerala (+0.778) who nosed forward in team D desk with a five-wicket win over Chhattisgarh.
Maharashtra (+0.074) slipped to 3rd position regardless of their four-wicket win over Uttarakhand as it is a three-way race for the knockouts from the crowd of dying — D — with one fit left within the league.
Opting to bat on the Saurashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium right here, Madhya Pradesh have been down within the dumps shedding opener Kuldeep Gehi (0) and Rajat Patidar (2) affordably and have been decreased to 56/4 inside of 14 overs.
Coming at No 6, Venkatesh soaked the force in corporate with skipper Aditya Shrivastava (70 off 80 balls; 4×4, 1×6), the duo sewing 122 runs for the 5th wicket to fix the early injury.
Venkatesh displayed some blank hitting and reached his halfcentury in 45 balls after which stepped it up additional to get to his 3rd Checklist A century, his 2nd in 3 fits, in simply 88 balls.
He took simply 22 balls to cruise to 150 and take Madhya Pradesh previous the 300-mark.
Venkatesh now has 348 runs from 4 innings at a strike-rate of 138.64 to be 2nd in the back of Maharashtra ‘run device’ Ruturaj Gaikwad in probably the most runs checklist of this season’s Vijay Hazare Trophy.
(with PTI inputs)
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