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    Suresh Raina fires as UP crush Rajasthan

    Indore: Skipper Suresh Raina smashed an unbeaten 70 off 48 balls while Prashant Gupta made 87 as a dominant Uttar Pradesh crushed Rajasthan by eight wickets in their limited-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy (Central Zone) match here on Thursday. While Raina hit four fours and as many sixes during his belligerent knock, Gupta hit 10 boundaries during his 93-ball essay at the Emerald High School Ground.

    Opting to field, Uttar Pradesh restricted Rajasthan to 198 for seven in 35 overs in a curtailed match, and then chased down the target with 21 balls to spare. Not a single Rajasthan bowler was spared as Raina went into a rampage, carting them to all corners of the park. Gupta was the perfect foil as he gave Raina company, scoring his runs at a quick pace.

    Robin Bist (60) and skipper Ashok Menaria (53) were the two significant scorers from the Rajasthan team. 198 was not a bad total at all considering the number of overs UP had to chase down the target, but Raina's swashbuckling knock changed the equation in a matter of few overs.