Vijay Hazare Trophy: Ishan Kishan Sets Records With 94-Ball 173 In Jharkhand Win
Swashbuckling batsman-wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan hammered 173 off just 94 balls, comprising 19 sixes and 11 boundaries, to propel Jharkhand to a humongous 324-run win - the third-highest margin by runs in the world - over Madhya Pradesh in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Saturday. Jharkhand collected four points from the win registered at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Later on Saturday evening, Kishan was picked, as deputy to preferred wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, in a 19-member Indian T20 squad for five T20 Internationals against England beginning on March 12 in Ahmedabad.
Captain-cum-opener Kishan's previous highest score in List A matches, classified as domestic limited over games, was 139. His whirlwind innings helped Jharkhand to an insurmountable 422 for nine wickets off the allotted 50 overs. Jharkhand vs Madhya Pradesh Scorecard
Then fast blower Varun Aaron, who went unsold at the recent Indian Premier League auction, captured six wickets for 37 in just 5.4 overs to bundle out Madhya Pradesh for 98 in 18.4 overs for an easy win that fetched them four points. Later, Kishan also took seven catches to roundup a superb all-around display.
Kishan reached his 50 off 42 balls, 100 off 74 balls, 150 off 86 balls - the second-fastest by an Indian in List A matches, behind Dinesh Karthik's 80-ball 150 for Tamil Nadu against in Hyderabad in 2011. In all, Karthik scored 154 not out of 83 balls.
Kishan's last 71 runs came off a mere 20 balls, which helped him finish the knock at a strike rate of a mindboggling 184.04.