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Roundup: Vijay Hazare Trophy, PQF, Day 2

Centurions Uthappa and Nair set up victory for Karnataka

Karnataka have carried forward their form from the multi-day matches to the one-dayers. After resounding victories in the longer formats, they trumped Gujarat to enter the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. While Robin Uthappa and Karun Nair struck centuries to set up the game in Karnataka's favour, Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun ran through the Gujarat line-up by claiming four wickets each. Here are the highlights of the day:

Gujarat vs Karnataka: Karnataka beat Gujarat by 30 runs in their quarter-final match at Kolkata. Asked to bat first, Karnataka piled on 301 courtesy centuries by Robin Uthappa and Karun Nair. With Karnataka left tottering on 31 for four in the seventh over, the pair revived the innings with superb knocks. Opening the innings, Uthappa remained unbeaten on 132 as he held up one end, while the in-form middle-order batsman Karun Nair added 120 off 121 balls. With score on 240, Nair was castled by Akshar Patel with over seven overs left in the innings. However, Uthappa's determined 134-ball effort, comprising three sixes and 10 fours, ensured the team from South Zone posted a hefty total on the board.

Defending the sizeable target, Vinay Kumar set the tone of the innings by sending back Parthiv Patel for four. Abhimanyu Mithun then claimed three to leave the opposition on 74 for four. Akshar Patel posted a fighting 93 off 78 balls, but his knock went in vain the rest of the line-up caved in to the Karnataka bowlers. HS Sharath claimed the key wicket of Akshar, while the other two pacers did the rest of the line-up in. Gujarat were eventually bowled out for 271 with 10 balls to spare.


Roundup: Vijay Hazare Trophy, PQF, Day 1

Paliwal powers SSCB to victory

In the opening game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Services knocked out Vidarbha in a thrilling finish in the pre-quarter final stage. Here are the highlights of the day:

SSCB v Vidarbha: Services claimed a one-wicket win over Vidarbha in a nail-biting last-ball finish in Kolkata. Chasing 283, SSCB were propelled to victory by Rajat Paliwal's century. After being reduced to 29 for three, Paliwal rescued the Services' innings with a crucial knock and was ably supported by Yashpal Singh. While Paliwal smashed a 99-ball 112, Yashpal scored a 100-ball 81 to keep the team in the fray. The pair took the team to 224, before Yashpal was bowled by Ravi Jangid. And two balls later, the bowler accounted for Paliwal, thus dealing a critical double-blow.

However, A R Sinha then held up one end and helped achieve the target with a 21-ball 20. 

Earlier, electing to bat first, skipper S U Shrivastava took Vidarbha to 283 with an 84 not-out. Urvesh Patel's 59-run contribution in the middle order was also significant in setting Services a competitive target in the first match of the knockout phase.

Baroda vs Railways: Pacers bowled Railways to a thumping 93-run win over Baroda to book a place in the quarter-finals. Defending 230, Railways medium pacers ran through the Baroda line-up in 43.3 overs. Anureet Singh struck in the first over to send back S Wakaskar without a run on the board. K Upadhyay and Amit Mishra then left the opposition struggling on 45 for four with the likes of Kedar Devdhar, Aditya Waghmode and power-hitter Ambati Rayudu back in the pavilion. While Irfan Pathan made a fighting 73-ball 38, the rest of the line-up caved in to the Railways attack. Mishra picked three wickets, while Upadhyay and Chanderpal Saini took two each. Ashish Yadav took one, while Karn Sharma accounted for the key wicket of Yusuf Pathan to help bowl Baroda out for 137.

Earlier, after opting to bat first at the Eden Gardens in the day/night encounter, Railways posted 230 for nine, despite reeling on 20 for two at one stage. Amit Paunikar's 42 at the top of the order and C Saini's unbeaten 45 helped their team to a competitive score on the first day of the knockout stage.