Vijay Hazare Trophy: Unmukt Chand does an Anil Kumble, slams century with broken jaw
Opener Unmukt Chand did not let a broken jaw stand in the way as he slammed a sublime century and powered Delhi to a 55-run victory over Uttar Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday.
Chand was dropped from the semifinal and final of the Ranji Trophy after a poor run of form, but regained his confidence with a half-century in the title clash of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, which his team won.
Sent into bat after UP won the toss, Delhi rode on Chand’s 116 off 125 balls to notch up a competitive 307 for six in the allotted 50 overs. A former U-19 World Cup winning captain, Chand was injured in the nets, just before the start of the match. But he showed courage and belted 12 boundaries and three sixes during his stay in the middle.
Chand’s opening partner, Hiten Dalal, was the next best scorer with 57 off 64 balls, hitting eight fours. The two added 107 runs for the first wicket, laying a solid foundation for Delhi to make a big total. Dhruv Shorey and Nitish Rana contributed 31 each, while Rishabh Pant smashed a brisk 18-ball 28 with the help of three fours …read more