Vijay Hazare Trophy: Vidarbha beat Delhi by 18 runs

New Delhi: Opener Faiz Fazal struck a defiant half-century before the visiting bowlers made it count to help Vidarbha beat Delhi by 18 runs in the Group C Vijay Hazare cricket encounter in New Delhi on Friday.

Electing to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Vidarbha rode on Fazal's 83 to post 163 all out in 45.2 overs -- a score which proved challenging in the low-scoring encounter.

Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma bowled his heart out to return with impressive figures of 5-21 and his effort was backed up by Navdeep Amardeep Saini and Subodh Bhati, who bagged two wickets each.

Chasing in what seemed an easy target for the star-studded line-up, Delhi faltered against a disciplined bowling attack led by pace spearhead Umesh Yadav.

Opener Unmukt Chand top-scored with 57 as skipper Gautam Gambhir (6) once again failed to lead by example.

Umesh, Ravi Jangid, Akshay Karnewar and Akshay Wakhare bagged two wickets each to help Vidarbha register their first win after the loss against Odisha yesterday.

Brief Scores:
Vidarbha 163 all out in 45.2 overs (Faiz Fazal 83, S Badrinath 20; Ishant Sharma 5-21)
Delhi 145 all out in 45.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 57, Milind 25; Akshay Karnewar 2-17)
Points: Vidarbha 4, Delhi 0.

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