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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023: Chhattisgarh Ace Shashank Singh Makes Indian First Class Cricket History

Chhattisgarh's Shashank Singh became the first Indian First Class cricketer to score 150 runs and take five wickets in the same match during his team's Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023 win over Manipur by 88 runs

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Chhattisgarh all-rounder Shashank Singh achieved the rare feat of scoring 150 runs and taking five wickets in the same match as his team overcame Manipur in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023. Singh became the first Indian to achieve the aforementioned accolades in a first-class cricket match and just the third overall. (More Cricket News)

Singh's knock from number five helped Chhattisgarh lodge a total 342 - after losing just six wickets - in 50 overs. The all-rounder contriuted to 152 of those 342 runs, a total he touched in just 112 balls, courtesy of a well-paced innings that saw him hit 12 fours and seven sixes. Later, with the ball, Singh tricked five Manipur batters into throwing away their wickets as their run-chase desolved into nothingness; Manipur finished on 254/9, with Singh the obvious standout from his team's bowling line-up. 

Thirty-two-years of age, Singh debuted in the Indian Premier League in 2022 with Sunrisers Hyderabad. He played ten games for the playoff hopefuls but scored just 65 runs. He had previously been on the books of Delhi Capitals in 2017 and Rajasthan Royals between 2019 and 2021. 

Their victory over Manipur secured, Chhattisgarh moved up to third in Group B of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023. The team has played four games, won three, and lost one, amassing 12 points with a net run rate of +0.689 at the time of writing. 

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