■ Sports Reporter :
After the seamer recorded best bowling figures (8-19) for Vidarbha in Cooch Behar Trophy, Danish slams unbeaten ton
EXCEPT for losing the toss, Vidarbha did everything right on opening day of their Cooch Behar Trophy pre-quarterfinal against Arunachal Pradesh at DY Patil Academy ground in Ambi, Pune on Tuesday. Right-arm lanky pacer Yatharth Javery (9.2-2-16-8) recorded best bowling figures for Vidarbha in Cooch BeharTrophy to bundle out the minnows for a meagre 38 in 18.2 overs. Then riding on Danish Malewar’s (128*; 170b, 14x4, 4x6) unbeaten hundred, Vidarbha posted 248-4 in 72 0 overs at stumps on Day One. Skipper Mohd Faiz got out on last ball of the day being caught by bowler Amarjeet Sharma for a patient 76-ball 26. Yatharth was on fire from the start. He took three wickets in his second and seventh overs and was on a hat-trick once in each of those overs. He took wickets on his first, fifth and sixth ball of team’s third over to reduce AP to 3-9.
He took one more in his third over and the team was 4-10. Then he wreaked havoc once again claiming three on the third, fourth and sixth ball of his seventh over. By that time he took all the seven wickets to fall. Fellow seamer Sanyog Shyam Bhagwat (3-1-5-2) joined the party cleaning up taielenders in his one over. It was befitting that Yatharth ended the innings having the top scorer Ankit Solanki (19; 41b, 2x4) caught by Bhagwat. Six batsmen could not open the account. Vidarbha openers Zubairoddin (18; 64b, 1x4) and Rohit Binkar (26; 57b, 3x4) played sensibly giving a good start by putting on 44 in 18.3 overs before the former got out.
Rohit also did not last long and departed giving Leki Tsering his second wicket in consecutive overs. In-form Abhishek Agrawal (44; 68b, 3x4, 1x6) and Danish joined forces to mixing caution and aggression. The added 87 runs form 139 balls for the third wicket. Danish gained in confidence and in company of skipper Faiz took the score to 248 from 134 balls accumulating 114 runs. AP used as many as nine bowlers Danish Malewar with three tasting success.