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Jharkhand, Bengal qualify for semi-finals

Maharashtra and Vidarbha knocked out in the quarter-finals

Bengal chased down a 319-run target with a ball to spare against Maharashtra in the quarter-final to keep their campaign for the Vijay Hazare Trophy alive. MS Dhoni-led Jharkhand cantered into the last four of the ongoing tournament with a comprehensive six-wicket win against Vidarbha in Delhi in a low-scoring game.

QF3 - Vidarbha vs Jharkhand

After electing to bat first, Vidarbha were left reeling at 18 for the loss of four wickets in the seventh over of the game. Monu Kumar accounted for JM Sharma to set the tone of the innings. Varun Aaron then followed up with the wicket of Faiz Fazal in the next, while SK Wath was run out later in the over with the team on nine. Monu then sent back Ambati Rayudu to provide Jharkhand a vital breakthrough and tightened the noose around the opposition. Abhishek Chourasia then joined Ganesh Satish in adding 24 runs for the fifth wicket until he was trapped lbw by Rahul Shukla. R Jangid, who then came to the crease put up a fight. After his partnership with the Satish for 38 runs was ended by Kaushal Singh and seven runs later A Karnewar too returned to the pavilion; he found and able ally in RN Gurbani.

Jangid and Gurbani added 61 runs for the eighth wicket to take team past the three-figure mark and extend the innings to enable the team to bat their full quota of overs. However, with the side on 148 Jangid was run out for 62.

Pratyush Singh and Ishan Kishan then set the chase on course with a 68-run opening stand until the former was sent back by RD Thakur who bowled Kishan a bit later. Kumar Deobrat and Suarabh Tiwary returned to the pavilion after contributing 17 runs each leaving the side on 116 for four. Ishank Jaggi (41*) and MS Dhoni (18*) took the team to victory with a 49-run unbroken stand.

QF4 – Bengal vs Maharashtra


Bengal emerged winners in the high-scoring contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi as they beat Maharashtra by four wickets. While a total of 324 runs were scored at the Palam Ground in the third quarter final, a whopping 638 runs were scored in the fourth quarter-final.

After a modest start to the innings, the onslaught by the middle-order and the lower middle-order helped Maharashtra set Bengal a 319-run target. Having elected to bat first, the Kedar Jadhav-led team lost Ankit Bawane and NS Shaikh early in the innings and were 56 for two in the 16th over. Ruturaj Gaikwad who had held up one end was sent back Syan Gosh 40 runs later. Kedar Jadhav who then looked to up the ante and had survived a couple of chances during his knock, stitched a 52-run stand with Rahul Tripathi to set the innings on course. After the departure of the skipper with the team on 148, Tripathi launched into the opposition with Nikhil Naik. The pair clobbered the Bengal bowlers all over the park. They added 116 runs at a quick pace to grab the momentum from the opposition and set up the game.

Their blitzkrieg ended with Tripathi being sent back by Gosh for 95 while Naik was accounted for by Aamir Gani in the next. However, Shirkant Mundhe (20* off 10) and SM Kazi (20* of 12) too played cameos to take Maharashtra past 300 and set Bengal a stiff target.

Mundhe then struck early. He accounted for A Eswaran to leave Bengal on 25 for one. Agniv Pan then joined Shreevats Goswami in laying a foundation for the chase. The pair put together 81 runs until Kazi castled the No 3 bat. Tiwary then joined the opener to carry the innings forward. Jadhav then ended the blossoming partnership by trapping the opener lbw and a bit later also accounted for his opposite number to leave Bengal on 187 for four.

With the match precariously poised, Anustup Mujumdar joined forces with Sudip Chatterjee to take the game to the opposition. The pair batted determinedly and attacked with gusto to keep pace with the asking run rate. They clobbered the Maharashtra bowlers to tip the balance in Bengal’s favour as they built a 117-run stand.

However, with the match hanging in the balance with 15 runs needed to win, Mujumdar departed taking the aerial route off Mundhe in the penultimate over and Shaikh took a good catch. Chatterjee carried on with Kanishk Sheth and hit a six of the fifth ball of the over to take the side within sniffing distance of a win. With seven runs needed off the last over, Kazi who was handed the ball conceded two off the first two balls and dislodged Sheth’s bails off the third. But Gani, who then took guard picked two and followed up with boundary to take his side into the semi-finals with a ball to spare.  

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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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