Two of the most successful bowlers in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar continued their remarkable form to bundle out Vidarbha for a paltry score of 104 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 Cricket tournament at the Emerald Heights International School ground in Indore on Monday.
Put in to bat by Rajasthan skipper Ashok Menaria, Vidarbha got off to a disastrous start as on the very first ball of the match dashing opener Jeetesh Sharma was run out. Three balls later, fellow opener Atharva Taide was also dismissed. The left-handed opening batsman struck a four but became the first of the three victims of Deepak Chahar, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
These two first-over setbacks incidentally set the tone for the day as Vidarbha never recovered from the early shocks and lost their wickets at regular intervals thereafter.
Vidarbha skipper Ganesh Satish (10 off 16 balls) tried to steady the rocking ship but he too could not stay long at the crease.
Only Siddhesh Wath managed to arrest the slide as the gutsy youngster hit 31 off 45 balls which included a couple of boundaries and six.
All-rounder Apoorv Wankhade (13), Nachiket Bhute (10) and Yash Thakur (10) managed to reach double digits but failed to score big against a tidy Rajasthan bowling attack.
Vidarbha (Playing XI): Nachiket Bhute, Akshay Wakhare, Apoorv Wankhade, Ganesh Satish (captain), Jitesh Sharma (WK), Akshay Karnewar, Rushabh Rathod, Siddhesh Wath, Atharva Taide, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Thakur.
Rajasthan (Playing XI): Mahipal Lomror, Manender Narender Singh (WK), Rajesh Bishnoi, Ankit Lamba, Ashok Menaria (captain), Arjit Gupta, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Aniket Choudhary, Ravi Bishnoi, Khaleel Ahmed.
Vidarbha 104 all out in 19.3 overs (Siddhesh Wath 31, Apoorv Wankhade 13, Ganesh Satish 10, Nachiket Bhute 10, Yash Thakur 10, Akshay Karnewar 9; Deepak Chahar 3-10, Rahul Chahar 3-27, Aniket Choudhary 2-18, Ravi Bishnoi 1-17) vs Rajasthan.