Parthiv Patel lead Gujarat to lift their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy after the team outclassed Delhi by 139 runs in the final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday.
It was an incredible show of pace and swing bowling from two Gujarat seamers -- RP Singh and Jasprit Bumrah. The two bagged nine wickets between them to rout the star-studded Delhi batting lineup.
Earlier in the day, Gautam Gambhir had won the toss and asked Gujarat to bat first on what looked like to be a tricky wicket.
Gujarat started off slowly as the Delhi seamers kept their batsmen at bay from hitting those boundaries. After losing two early wickets, skipper Parthiv Patel and Rujul Bhatt added 149 runs in tandem and pushed Gujarat into a commanding position. Chirag Gandhi's late flourish powered Gujarat to a challenging total of 273 at the end of 50 overs. Patel went on to score his first List A century against Delhi in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday. Bhatt was dismissed for 60.
The game was not over yet as we knew that Delhi have a strong batting lineup. But it bowed down in front of some incredible swing bowling from former India seamer RP Singh. Rishabh Pant was removed in the very first ball of the second innings. Shikhar Dhawan was expected to shine in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy but he too was tested by Rush Kalaria from the other end until the former was dismissed for a meagre 5 runs.
All of a sudden Delhi found themselves in deep trouble as they were reeling at 11 for the loss of two wickets. Skipper Gambhir walked out in the middle with a lot of intent but could not hold on to his wicket for long as Singh removed him soon. Gambhir has this knack for performing in the big occasion but that did not happen in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final.
Unmukt Chand showed some resistance for Delhi (33). Pawan Negi scored a gritty half century in lower down the order to decrease the margin of defeat. No other Delhi batsman could withstand the pressure and threw their wickets away. The entire Delhi batting lineup crumbled for a total of 134. Singh's four-fours and Jasprit Bumrah's five towards the end of the innings rattled the Delhi batting lineup.
Brief scores: Gujarat 273 in 50 overs (Parthiv Patel 105, Rujul Bhatt 60, Chirag Gandhi 44*; Subodh Bhati 2-43, Navdeep Saini 2-46) beat Delhi 134 all out in 32.2 overs (Pawan Negi 57, Unmukt Chand 33; Jasprit Bumrah 5-28, RP Singh 4-42) by 139 runs.
Watch the full highlights of the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015 between Delhi and Gujarat HERE.