Nagpur: Rajasthan yesterday suffered the ignominy of getting bowled out for a paltry score of 35 against Railways in a central zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here yesterday.
Railways' pacer Anureet Singh took 5-16
Railways won the match in only 5.3 overs losing a single wicket as the match lasted a total of 21 overs at the old Vidarbha Cricket Association ground at the Civil Lines.
This is the second lowest score by a team in the history of India's domestic one day competition. The lowest score in List A in India was Saurashtra's 34 against Mumbai back in the year 2000. Across the globe, this is the seventh lowest score in first-class cricket.
Rajasthan skipper Pankaj Singh opted for batting but the Rajasthan players strangely lacked stomach for fight with as many as five batsman were out without scoring. Railways seamers Anureet Singh (5/16 in 8 overs) and Amit Mishra (5/18 in 7.3 overs) shared the spoils.
The highest score was Arjit Gupta's 13, which incidentally was the only double digit score by a batsman. When asked about such dismal score, Railways skipper Mahesh Rawat was quick to point out that there were no demons in the pitch.
"Yesterday, we played at the same ground and both teams scored in the range of 240 plus. So you can't simply blame the pitch. The pitch was fine and there were no demons. Our opening bowlers were brilliant from the start.
We have young Bilaspur boy Amit, who bowls outswing at a decent pace and we had Anureet, who is a seasoned campaigner at this level," skipper Rawat told PTI from Nagpur. "The areas that our new ball bowlers bowled was brilliant and it became difficult for their batsmen. They wilted under pressure created by out bowlers," said Rawat.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 35 in 15.3 overs (Anureet Singh 5/16, Amit Mishra 5/18). Railways 39/1 in 5.3 overs (Asad Pathan 20). Points: Rajasthan 0 Railways 4.