Vijay Hazare Trophy HIGHLIGHTS, Quarterfinals: Saurashtra reaches semifinal; Services knocks out Kerala

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 quarterfinal: Get the scores, updates and commentary from the quarterfinals involving Kerala, Services, Saurashtra and Vidarbha

Sanju Samson's Kerala will take on Services while Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra faces Vidarbha in the final set of quarterfinal matches in Jaipur.   -  THE HINDU

Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 Quarterfinals between Kerala-Services and Saurashtra-Vidarbha from Jaipur.

KER 175/10(41) vs  SER 176/3 (30.5) SAU 151/3 (29.5) vs VID  150/10 (41)

 

That's all for the day, folks. Join us for the semifinals action from Jaipur on Friday.

Remaining fixtures of the Vijay Hazare Trophy

24 December, Friday1st SemifinalHimachal Pradesh vs Services9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
 2nd SemifinalTamil Nadu vs Saurashtra9:00AMK L Saini Stadium, Jaipur
26 December, SundayFinalTBD vs TBD9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur


SAU 151/3 in 29.5 overs:
Saurashtra, after an early setback, has bounced back to enter the Semifinals. The chase was made possible with a 116-run stand between Mankad and Vasavada. An all round performance from Unadkat's men. Saurashtra will face Tamil Nadu in semifinal 2 on Friday.

SER 176/3 in 30.5 overs: Services has comfortably chased down Kerala's 175. This is its first entry to the last four of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.  Services will face Himachal Pradesh in semifinal 1 on Friday at Jaipur.

UPDATE: WICKET! Kerala gets a consolation wicket. It's Ravi Chauhan today who misses century by a narrow margin. Yesterday it was Chopra who was out on 99.  Sijomon Joseph is the bowler.

SER 166/2 in 30 overs: Services are on course to enter the semifinals. Need just 9 more against Kerala. If they do, they will meet Himachal in the semis on Friday.

SAU 116/3 in 25 overs: Vidarbha bowlers have failed to utilise the early advantage that they had. Mankad batting at 50 is leading the pack from the front. Mankad has now scored consecutive half-centuries. Saurashtra looks very confident.

SER 137/5 in 25 overs: The kerala bowlers are toiling for a wicket but have failed to produce any breakthroughs. Services on the other hand is taking the game away from it's opposition in style. It is just a matter of time for Services to seal it's final four spot.

SAU 92/3 in 20 overs: Both the quarterfinal matches are moving at the same pace. Mankad and Vasavada have stitched a crucial 50-run partnership. Saurashtra inching towards victory.

SER 106/2 in 20 overs: Looks like the Semifinal spot is their's for the taking. Services is cruising against Kerala. Such a dominant performance.

UPDATE: Services reaches the 100-run mark in just 19 overs. This chase looks done and dusted. Kerala needs a miracle to stay in the game.

Our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee reports: Runs coming at a canter for Services now as the batters seem more comfortable facing the spinners. Chauhan has played a number of nice strokes, reaching his half-century with a slog sweep for six through square leg in the 16th over.

SAU 60/2 after 15 overs: The Mankad-Vasavada pair have settled comfortably in the middle which is bad news for Vidarbha. A replica of the initial five overs is required for Vidarbha to keep it's semifinal hopes alive.

SER 68/3 after 15 overs: Services batters have been cautious after the top order collapse. They will have to survive much longer to stay ahead in the chase. Things not looking good for Kerala at the moment.

SAU 35/3 after 10 overs: Saurashtra is being made to toil for its runs here. Three jolts inside 10 overs and Vidarbha is keeping itself in the hunt.

SER 33/2 after 9 overs: An excellent half-hour for Kerala; the fast bowlers are bowling quick and the fielders are backing their bowlers with good fielding and a lot of verbal encouragement. Left-arm quick Manu Krishnan is the one with wickets to show for his efforts but Basil Thampi is breathing fire as well, from the other end. Krishnan got Lakhan Singh out bowled with a short-of-a-length delivery angling across the right hander, while Mumtaz Qadir was dismissed lbw with a similar delivery in the same over.


UPDATE: WICKET!
Saurashtra in trouble as it loses another wicket. Sheldon Jackson has miscued it straight to Wankhade. L Yadav is the bowler.  SAU 35/3

SER 20/2 after 5 overs: Similar scenes in both the Quarterfinal matches. Even though Services has a modest total to chase, it has to keep the scoreboard ticking without losing a wicket. Kerala has done the necessary damage upfront and has to keep its form going. Skipper Rajat Paliwal is at the crease with opener Ravi Chauhan at the other end.

SAU 13/2 at the end of 5 overs: With two top order batters gone, Vidarbha will be eyeing for another wicket to intimidate Unadkat's men. Meanwhile, Sheldon Jackson would aim to take it slow in the chase.

UPDATE: WICKET! H Desai gone caught. Brilliant catch at point by Y V Rathod.  Thakre among the wickets. SAU 13/2

UPDATE: WICKET! Manu Krishnan picks another one. Two wickets in an over for Kerala and the game is on! Mumtaz Qadir departs for 4. SER 16/2

UPDATE: WICKET! Manu Krishnan rattles the stumps. Lakhan Singh is out bowled. SER 12/1

Services 8/1 after 1 over: As long as it doesn't lose quick wickets, it will be a comfortable chase for Services. Kerala bowlers have to step up their game.

UPDATE: WICKET!  Vidarbha strikes early. Just what the doctor ordered. V Jadeja is out LBW. Thakre with the first scalp. SAU 8/1

Services starts its chase.  R Chauhan and Lakhan Singh are the batters. Basil Thampi opens the bowling.

SAU 0/0 after 1 over: Both the openers are yet to open their account. Thakre with a maiden over.

The chase is underway! Vishvaraj Jadeja and H Desai walks into the middle for Saurashtra. Aditya Thakre starts off with the ball. Vidarbha has to strike early if they are planning to defend this modest score.

UPDATE: WICKET! Nidheesh gone caught. Abhishek claims his first. Kerala all out for 175. Rajat Paliwal will be a happy man. It was looking good for Kerala a short while ago but has failed to maintain the momentum going. Definitely an underwhelming score on any conditions. on to the secnd innings now!

Our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee reports: Kerala bowled out for 175. After the soft dismissals, seamers came back on to demolish the tail in no time. Once Rohan was run-out and Vishnu Vinod was caught behind off Pathania (3 for 19) in the same over, Kerala’s resistance had virtually ended. 

The last three wickets fell within a span of five deliveries. Manu Krishnan top-edged a short delivery from left-arm seamer Raj Bahadur Pal and it flew over the head of the wicketkeeper, and then he fell to a good-length delivery in the corridor, edging behind. 

Pathania, in the next over, dismissed Sijomon Joseph caught behind with a short-of-a-length delivery; the batter slashed at it and edged behind. Nidheesh was out first ball – he drove the ball straight to extra cover.

UPDATE: WICKET! Kerala is nine down. Manu Krishnan is the victim. Raj Bahadur Pal gets his first wicket. Samson's men have bottled what could have been a good first innings and are struggling to reach 200. Credits to Services bowlers who kept the leash constantly on the Kerala batters. 

UPDATE: WICKET! Vidarbha is all out for 150. Apoorva Wankhede's 72 helped vidarbha recover briefly from 86/8. But two wickets off two balls for Yuvraj Chudasama means Vidarbha bowled out for 150. It should be an easy target for Saurashtra with Sheldon Jackson in their arsenal.

UPDATE: WICKET! Just as we speak, Wankhade is gone!

VID 150/8 after 40 overs: A Wankhade is making sure that his team reaches a decent score. A well made fifty and he will hope to continue.

UPDATE: WICKET!  Vishnu Vinod gone. Pathania is on song, picks up his third wicket.

UPDATE: WICKET! Rohan walks back after a beautifully stitched half century, run out. Qadir with the throw.

UPDATE: WICKET! Sanju Samson departs for just 2. Huge breakthrough for Services, thanks to Rahul Singh. KER 152/5

Our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee reports: Rohan is fully set and playing his strokes now, going after Pulkit Narang in the 33rd over. His batting partners, though, haven’t stuck around for long. Manoharan was caught and bowled by Narang just a delivery after hitting a boundary through point. Sachin Baby attempted the sweep and top-edged the ball which ballooned up and was caught by the wicketkeeper. Sanju Samson smashed a full delivery straight to the fielder at long-on to stunned silence from his dugout.

Rohan could have been dismissed as well. In the 26th over, he pulled one of the fast bowlers to square leg where a more alert fielder could have pouched the offering. The fielder reacted late and just extended his hand out feebly as it brushed his hand and travelled beyond the ropes.

UPDATE: WICKET! Sachin Baby is sent back. It's P Narang with the ball. Samson walks in.  KER 137/4

VID 96/8 after 30 overs: The Vidarbha innings is nearing its end. Saurashtra is just a couple of wickets away from bundling out it's opponent. It will look to strike sooner rather than later.

KER 133/3 after 30 overs: Kerala looks comfortable with a healthy run-rate and with Samson yet to come in, Services will have a challenging target to chase.

UPDATE: WICKET! Jadeja strikes again, consecutive wickets for the left armer. Vidarbha's innings is almost done. VID 86/8

UPDATE: WICKET! D Jadeja is the bowler. L Yadav is out LBW. VID 86/7

UPDATE: WICKET! Sarwate skies one  to substitute Parth Bhut. C Jani among the wickets again. Vidarbha is being absolutely destroyed by the Saurashtra pacers. A one sided contest is brewing. VID 74/6  after 25 overs

UPDATE: WICKET! Kerala loses another batter. Manoharan departs for a well made 44. P Narang with a return catch. Kerala skipper Samson has decided to send Sachin Baby in ahead of himself.  KER 107/3 after 25 overs

UPDATE: WICKET! Skipper Fazal flourishes. Loose shot. Jani scalps one for Saurashtra. With a settled batter gone, Vidarbha's backs are against the wall.  VID 66/5

KER 78/2 after 20 overs: There has been a decline in the run-rate but Kerala hasn't lost a wicket for a while now, definitely a positive. Services, after putting Kerala to bat, is finding it difficult to find success.

UPDATE: WICKET! Wadkar has dragged it onto the stumps! Mankad claims the wicket shortly after a failed LBW appeal on the previous ball.  VID 57/4

KER 63/2 after 15 overs: Samson's men look to regroup after losing two quick wickets. Opener Rohan Kunnummal will be keen to score big after getting a decent start.

Our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee reports: A nice partnership blooming between Rohan and Manoharan. Some hard running between the wickets and a couple of lovely strokes for boundaries. Manoharan’s late cut off Pulkit Narang in the 15th over was a treat to watch.

VID 41/3 after 15 overs: Vidarbha batters doing things the right way, calm and composed. On the flip side, Saurashtra will be searching for a wicket.

KER 36/2 after 10 overs: Two wickets in the bag for Services. Kerala batters have to tread carefully. Evenly poised game on the cards

Our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee reports: Lots of chances created by the Services seamers in the first half hour, including two lbw shouts and an edge. Kerala’s openers weathered the storm for a while before Diwesh Pathania removed Mohammed Azharuddeen and Jalaj Saxena off consecutive deliveries in the seventh over. Both were done in by the ball that moved away slightly after pitching.

VID 14/3 after 10 overs: Saurashtra skipper Unadkat striked two and Sakariya with a scalp ripped through the Vidarbha top-order. Saurashtra will look to maintain this form. Meanwhile, Fazal and co will look to regroup.

UPDATE: WICKET! Kerala loses Saxena. Gone for a duck. Pathania strikes consecutively. KER 31/2

UPDATE: WICKET! It's Chetan Sakariya this time. Rathod gone for just one. Three wickets in quick succession, things not looking good for Vidarbha at the moment.  VID 9/3

UPDATE: WICKET!  M Azharuddeen clean bowled. Pathania does the trick with the ball. KER 24/1

UPDATE:  WICKET! Unadkat strikes again. A classical left-arm swing bowler dismissal. Ball coming into the right-hander. Beaten all ends up. Ganesh Satish off-stump gone for a walk. VID 8/2

KER 22/0 in 5.3 overs: The Kerala openers have survived the first five overs, taking things steady.

VID 6/1 in 5 overs: Saurashtra has the early advantage. Vidarbha opener Taide dismissed for just one. All eyes on skipper Fazal to keep the momentum going.

UPDATE: WICKET! Unadkat with an early breakthrough. What a catch from Sheldon Jackson! Vidabha loses key player Taide. VID 4/1

KER 1/0 in 1 over: R S Kunnummal and M Azharuddeen are the openers for Kerala. D G Pathania with a tidy first over.

VID 4/0 in 1 over: Skipper Fazal and Taide open the innings for Vidarbha. Unadkat starts with the ball.

TOSS UPDATE: Services Won the Toss and will Bowl first against Kerala

Kerala(Playing XI):

Services (Playing XI):

TOSS UPDATE: Saurashtra Won the Toss and elected to Field against Vidarbha

 

Saurashtra (Playing XI): Vishvaraj Jadeja, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson(w), Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Samarth Vyas, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Yuvraj Chudasama, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Chetan Sakariya

Vidarbha (Playing XI): Faiz Fazal(c), Atharva Taide, Ganesh Satish, Yash Rathod, Akshay Wadkar(w), Apoorv Wankhade, Aditya Sarwate, Aditya Thakare, Lalit M Yadav, Yash Thakur, Akshay Wakhare

Preview:

Kerala would have a definite edge against Services, while in a battle of equals, Saurashtra take on a resurgent Vidarbha in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Wednesday.

While Saurashtra made it to the last eight directly, Vidarbha edged past Tripura in the pre-quarterfinals. Kerala and Services had made the quarter-finals directly.

At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday, the Faiz Fazal-led Vidarbha is expected to come out all guns blazing. But for that to happen, Fazal himself would have to forget his poor show in the last game and need to make a big score.

Vidarbha's chances would also depend on how in-form opener Aharva Taide performs against the likes of the experienced Jaydev Unadkat and others.

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The duo would need support from other batters like Ganesh Satish, Yash Rathod, Akshay Wadkar and Apoorva Wankhede.

On the bowling front, the young pace duo of Yash Thakur and Darshan Nalkande have been exceptional at the front and the death. Thakur has been the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far with 18 scalps. They would need support from experienced spinners Aditya Sarvate and Akshay Wakhare.

Vidarbha is unlikely to tinker with their winning combination.

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Saurashtra, who was unbeaten in the league stage, would look to continue the winning momentum.

They boast of several aggressive batters like Sheldon Jackson, Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Samarth Vyas, Chirag Jani and young wicket-keeper Harvik Desai. If they fire in unison, they can take any good attack to the cleaners, and Vidarbha's varied one won't be an exception.

All eyes would be on Jackson, who has time and again proved his prowess with the willow, but continues to be ignored by the national selectors.

For Saurashtra, the difference could be how young India pacer Chetan Sakariya along with skipper Unadkat fare and another important cog in their wheel is left-arm orthodox bowler Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.

Meanwhile, Kerala would fancy its chances of entering the last four against Services.

Kerala has two of the finest batters in the current lot in the form of skipper Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby, who can rip apart any good attack.

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Right-handed opener Mohammed Azharuddeen, who had made headlines during the last domestic season, is also an important player for the team. The others, like Rohan Kunnummal and Vishnu Vinod, would also need to play their parts if the team has to march ahead.

The performance of Kerala's spinners Jalaj Saxena and Sijoman Joseph in the middle overs and that of pacer duo Basil Thampi and MD Nidheesh would be crucial.

Services, too, has a formidable side and it's openers Lakhan Singh, Ravi Chouhan along with Mohit Ahlawat would need to score big if it is to post or chase a big total.

It's attack, led by the experienced Diwesh Pathania, would need to bowl in the right areas to stop a flamboyant Kerala batting line-up.

Kerala look strong on paper, but Services could spring a surprise.

The schedule: At Sawai Mansingh Stadium: Saurashtra vs Vidarbha

- PTI

Remaining fixtures in the tournament

22 December, Wednesday3rd QuarterfinalSaurashtra vs Vidarbha9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
 4th QuarterfinalKerala vs Services9:00AMK L Saini Stadium, Jaipur
24 December, Friday1st SemifinalHimachal Pradesh vs TBD9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
 2nd SemifinalTamil Nadu vs TBD9:00AMK L Saini Stadium, Jaipur
26 December, SundayFinalTBD vs TBD9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur


Squads: Kerala vs Services

KER: Rohan Kunnummal, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sanju Samson(w/c), Jalaj Saxena, Sachin Baby, Vishnu Vinod, Vinoop Manoharan, Sijomon Joseph, Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan, Basil Thampi, MD Nidheesh, KC Akshay, Sudhesan Midhun, Faisal Fanoos, Vathsal Govind, Suresh Vishweshwar, Abdul Basith

SER: Ravi Chauhan, Lakhan Singh, Mohit Ahlawat, Rajat Paliwal(c), Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Devender Lohchab(w), Pulkit Narang, Vikas Umesh Yadav, Shakti Malviya, Rahul Singh, Gaurav Kochar, Diwesh Pathania, Mumtaz Qadir, Pal Raj Bahadur, Trivendra Kumar, Varun Choudhary, Shivam Tiwari, Jayjeet Jaiswal, Lovekesh Kumar, Ashish Nuniwal

 

Squads: Saurashtra vs Vidarbha

SAU: Vishvaraj Jadeja, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson(w), Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Samarth Vyas, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Yuvraj Chudasama, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Makvana, Kushang Patel, Himalaya Barad, Snell Patel, Kishan Parmar, Pranav Nandha, Parth Chauhan, Parth Bhut, Devang Karamta

VID: Faiz Fazal(c), Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate, Ganesh Satish, Jitesh Sharma(w), Akshay Wadkar, Aditya Thakare, Atharva Taide, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Thakur, Yash Rathod, Apoorv Wankhade, Sanjay Raghunath, Akshay Karnewar, Lalit M Yadav, Siddhesh Wath, Siddhesh Neral, Harsh Dubey, Shubham Dubey, Ganesh Bhosle

 

WHERE TO WATCH VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY MATCHES LIVE?

The Saurashtra-Vidarbha quarterfinal will be telecast on Star Sports 2 and streamed online on Disney+Hotstar.