The Vijay Hazare Award: Sheldon Jackson Ton Helps Saurashtra Beat Maharashtra In The Final To Win The Title Saurashtra beat Maharashtra by 5 wickets in the final to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Opening batsman Sheldon Jackson scored a cracking unbeaten century.
At the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, opening batter Sheldon Jackson scored a cracking unbeaten century as Saurashtra won the Vijay Hazare Trophy by 5 wickets over Maharashtra in the final.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Maharashtra’s star batter and captain, scored yet another century while batting first, holding the innings together. However, the team was able to achieve a total of 248/9 in 50 overs because there was no other batter who could score even half a century. With three wickets, Chirag Jani was Saurashtra’s standout bowler.
Jackson, a veteran of the domestic circuit, had not been in great form throughout the tournament. However, on the big day, he used his experience to his advantage by remaining composed and leading his team to victory with 21 balls remaining.
But after getting rid of Harvik Desai and Jay Gohil in the 27th over, Mukesh Choudhary’s brilliant double wicket took Maharashtra into an opening. While Saurashtra continued to lose wickets from the other end, the former KKR batter continued to milk runs from one end and scored a memorable century.
Before Chirag Jani made a stunning cameo to go with his first-innings hat trick to put his team ahead in the chase, the game was in doubt. From the other end, Jackson had complete command, leading his team to a historic Vijay Hazare Trophy victory.
Jaydev Unadkat, the captain of Saurashtra, won the toss earlier in the game and chose to bowl first in the summit match. After cheaply losing Pavan Shah, Maharashtra was rocked early in the final. However, after that initial setback, Maharashtra’s in-form skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad and SS Bachhav worked hard to get back on track.
Gaikwad had to step up his game after Bachhav’s dismissal and Ankit Bawne’s departure, and he did so in style by scoring his third century in a row in the tournament, sending a strong message to the Indian selection committee.
Despite their captain’s heroics with the bat, Maharashtra’s innings eventually fizzled out for a par total of 248 runs, and his record-breaking stay at the crease was cut short by an unfortunate run-out.
Harvik Desai, Jackson’s opening partner, also scored a century. This is Saurashtra’s second victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
After putting Maharashtra in the batting position on a challenging surface, captain Jaydev Unadkat bowled a precise spell upfront. He wound up with figures of 1/25 of every 10 overs.
For either team, Chirag Jani and Ruturaj Gaikwad performed exceptionally well throughout the series.