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Baroda, Tamil Nadu enter Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals

Defending champions Gujarat knocked-out

With a comprehensive five-wicket win against Gujarat, Tamil Nadu were the first to qualify for the semi-finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2016-17. Powered by Krunal Pandya’s all-round performance (3/32 and 70 off 79) Baroda knocked out Karnataka in the quarter-finals to make it to the next stage.

QF 1 - Karnataka vs Baroda:

Karnataka, who were the only team to enter the quarter-finals unbeaten in the league stage lost to Baroda by seven wickets in the knock-out game at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. After Irfan Pathan elected to field, the seventh choice bowler, Krunal claimed three for 32 in six overs to restrict the opposition to 233 runs. The all-rounder then returned to help chase down the modest target with well compiled knock in a 92-run partnership with Kedar Devdhar (78 off 98).

Earlier, after getting the team off to a decent start, Robin Uthappa hit Lukman Meriwala to square-leg and left the team on 64 for one. Six runs later, Mayank Agarwal was adjudged lbw off Atit Sheth while Manish Pandey was run out for 10 leaving the team on 83 for three. Pavan Deshpande the joined R Samarth in steadying the ship. The duo had added 87 for the fourth wicket until the middle-order bat, who was scoring at a quick pace was run out for 54. The wicket followed a mini-collapse as the No 3 batsman was sent back 12 runs later by Krunal while Stuart Binny stepping out to Swapnil Singh was stumped. At 188 for six in the 41st over, J Suchith joined Aniruddha Joshi in the middle.

Dropped by Deepak Hooda off Krunal at the midwicket boundary, Suchith survived on 14 and collected a boundary but was caught by the bowler off the next delivery after taking the aerial route again. The wicket got slower and the ball began to turn towards the end of the Karnataka innings and the Baroda bowlers, especially the spinners did well to use the conditions. Six runs later the left-arm spinner bowled Joshi to leave the team on 221 for eight. In the next over Irfan crashed S Arvind’s stumps while Vinay Kumar was run out three runs later.
Chasing 234 to win, Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode put together 64 runs until the latter was sent back by Arvind. Krunal then joined the opener in shaping the chase.

Having taken the measure of the conditions, Devdhar guided the chase with a watchfully compiled 98-ball 78. He found an able ally in Krunal in setting up the win. Scoring all round the wicket the opener helped his side maintain the advantage while Krunal too kept pace with the senior partner. They chipped at the target with singles and picked the boundaries at regular intervals to take the game away from Karnataka. Their partnership was worth 92, when Devdhar beaten in flight was bowled by a Suchith delivery. At 156 for two, Hooda then joined the No 3 bat in gleaning runs off the opposition. The pair added 47 runs for the third wicket until, the top-order bat nicked Arvind to the wicketkeeper.
With Yusuf Pathan, Hooda then took the team to the finish line in an unbroken 31-run partnership with 25 balls to spare.

QF 2 – Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat –

The Vijay Shankar-led TN side outplayed Gujarat in the quarter-final game to enter the semi-finals. While Rujul Bhatt’s unbeaten 83 helped the defending champions set TN a 212-run target, Ganga Sridhar Raju’s 95-ball 85 helped chase it down with 46 balls to spare at the Palam Ground in Delhi.

After Gujarat got off to a slow start to their innings, Rahil Shah claimed Priyank Panchal and Bhargav Merai off consecutive overs to leave the the team on 49 for two in the 13th over. 21 runs later, Baba Aparajith accounted for S Gohil. The pressure continued to build as the TN bowlers kept the opposition on their toes. Skipper Vijay Shankar trapped Het Patel and Chirag Gandhi lbw to leave the side tottering at 110 for five. While MS Washington Sundar followed up with the wicket of Axar Patel, the skipper sent back Jesal Karia a bit later. R Sai Kishore the claimed two more lower-order bats to leave the side on 210 for nine. Dinesh Karthik then ran out Ishwar Chaudhary to bowl the team out with two balls left in the innings.

GS Raju then anchored the TN chase with a well compiled knock. He set up the platform with a 62-run opening stand with Kaushik Gandhi until Axar struck. The opener was then involved in a 63-run partnership with Aparajith for the second wicket until Bhatt dismantled the No 3 bat’s stumps. The opener then took his team to 167 with Dinesh until he was sent back Panchal. The wicketkeeper-batsman and Baba Indrajith followed him back leaving the team on 172 for five. Although, TN lost three quick wickets, the captain found an ally M Mohammed to stitch a partnership. With a 45-run stand the pair ensured the side a comfortable win in the must-win match.

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Punjab lift the CK Nayudu Trophy 2016-17

Skipper Karan Kaila misses out on Perfect 10

With an emphatic 101-run win against Andhra, Punjab claimed the Under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy, 2016-17. After claiming a five-for in the first innings, captain Karan Kaila claimed nine wickets in the second to bowl his side to victory in the Elite Group final. While the skipper’s performance helped clinch the game in under three days, Himanshu Rana and N Chaudhary’s gritty half-centuries in the second innings helped tip the balance in Punjab’s favour.

Electing to bat first at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala, Punjab were bowled out for 144 on the first day of the bowler dominated four-day match. After a 63-run opening stand between Prabjot Singh (24 off 64) and Shivluv Sabharwal (38 off 69) the line-up crumbled. The openers were sent back in successive overs by Bhimrao and A Vinaykumar.

While No 4 bat Anmolpreet Singh held up one end with a 43-ball 42, Chikkam Kishore and Vinaykumar dismantled the lineup. The pair finished with four wickets apiece while Bhimrao took two.
The Kaila-led attack then ran through the Andhra lineup. They had left Andhra reeling at 91 for eight at stumps on the first day. They returned the next day to skittle Andhra out for 117.

Kaila picked five for 27 while Vinay Choudhary took four for 23 to bowl Punjab to a 27-run first innings lead. The Punjab batsmen then put up a better performance in their second innings to build on the lead and set Andhra a stiff 253-run target. Although Prabjot was sent back for naught in the first over, the middle-order stitched useful stands to build the innings.

Middle-order bat Rana was the mainstay of the lineup with a 141-ball 67 which helped his side gain an upper-hand. While Rana's stoic knock kept the innings in fray, N Chaudhary's 67-ball 51 and Choudhary's 41-ball 35 helped Punjab put the team in a commanding position. While the Punjab batsmen put up a determined performance, Vinaykumar finished the innings with six for 97 while Bhimrao picked three for 33.
Kaila claimed three wickets early and left Andhra reeling at 31 for three at stumps on the second day. The Punjab skipper then continued to wreck the Andhra lineup on the penultimate day. While M Pranith (43 off 56) strove to keep the Andhra innings afloat wickets fell at regular intervals. Lower down the order, Bhimrao too made 50-ball 28 in a effort to extend the innings until he was sent back by the Punjab captain.

Choudhary picked the sole wicket of Siva Charan Singh while Kaila finished with nine for 80 to take his match tally to 14 wickets.

In the Plate group, Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by 117 runs to emerge winners for the third place. The victory will elevate Karnataka U-23’s to the elite group in the next season (2017-18). Lifted by Bharath KN's 70-ball 60-run knock, Karnataka posted 228 in the first innings. UP's Vishal Choudhary claimed six for 63 in the innings.

While Shubham Agarwal then made a gritty 82-ball 43 to keep the UP lineup afloat, Suchith J (4/26) and Pradeep T (5/27) bowled the side out for a mere 127.

Adding to the 101-run lead, Karnataka posted 192 runs before being bowled out in the second innings. Opener Nischal D top-scored a 102-ball 51, while the middle-order made useful double-digit contributions to set UP a stiff 294-run target. Suchith then claimed six for 74 to bowl UP out for 176 and take his team to a comprehensive win. 

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