The 18th edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy kick-started last month and it also marked the launch of limited-overs contests for the ongoing Indian cricket’s domestic season. The 2019-20 Indian domestic season, which started with Duleep Trophy in August, will now move ahead with India’s premier One-Day domestic tournament that involves the teams from Ranji Trophy. Three-time winners and reigning champions Mumbai won the previous edition in 2018-19 by defeating Delhi in the final. The ongoing edition also features the Chandigarh team, who are making their Vijay Hazare Trophy debut.
The tournament began just two weeks after the conclusion of 2019–20 Duleep Trophy. After 10 days of quality One-day action, Karnataka continue to top the Elite Group A and B table with 12 points. Karnataka have won three out of their four matches so far while Hyderabad are placed second with 10 points. Due to bad weather conditions, many matches have ended in no-results with teams like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Baroda yet to begin their campaign. As of now, all their matches have been abandoned. Teams like Chhattisgarh, Saurashtra, Odisha are placed at third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
In Elite Group C, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are the only unbeaten sides among the 10 teams. Gujarat, having won five out of their five matches, continue to top the table by accumulating a perfect 20 points from their allotted fixtures so far. The Bengal team is placed third while teams like Tripura, Services, Madhya Pradesh and J&K are all tied with eight points each.
Among all groups in the ongoing tournament, the Plate group has by far been the most competitive. The top three teams in this group, i.e. Chandigarh, Pondicherry, Uttarakhand have all secured 10 points each. They are followed by Assam and Meghalaya in the table. While teams like Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are yet to win a game.