Vijay Hazare Trophy HIGHLIGHTS: Karnataka to meet Tamil Nadu in quarters; UP knocks out MP; Vidarbha beats Tripura

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Get the live scores, updates, commentary and highlights from the preliminary quarterfinals in Jaipur.

FILE PHOTO: Karnataka skipper Manish Pandey will be key as his team takes on Rajasthan in the preliminary quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Sunday.   -  THE HINDU

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's  coverage of the preliminary quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 from Jaipur.

And we have the eight quarterfinalists! Join us for the knockouts action on Tuesday.

21 December, Tuesday1st QuarterfinalHimachal Pradesh vs Uttar Pradesh9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
 2nd QuarterfinalTamil Nadu vs Karnataka9:00AMK L Saini Stadium, Jaipur
22 December, Wednesday3rd QuarterfinalSaurashtra vs Vidarbha9:00AMSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
 4th QuarterfinalKerala vs Services9:00AMK L Saini Stadium, Jaipur

UPDATE: UP beats MP by 5 wickets!
Rinku Singh remains unbeaten on 58 as Uttar Pradesh reached its 235-run target in 49.1 overs.

UPDATE: Vidarbha beats Tripura by 34 runs. Yash Thakur returns to pick his fourth wicket as Tripura is wrapped up for 224 in its 259-run chase.

UPDATE: Third wicket for Nalkande. Tripura is nine down and needs 42 runs from 15 balls. Looks all but over for Tripura here.

UPDATE: 200 up for Vidarbha. Darshan Nalkande's double strikes have left Tripura with little hope to clear this chase now. 59 needed from 29 balls.

UPDATE: TRI vs VID: Tripura crumbles from 145/1 in 33 overs to 164/4 in 38.2 overs! Yash Thakur picked his third wicket while a couple of run-outs too have added to Tripura's woes. TRI needs 93 runs in 11 overs.

UPDATE: UP vs MP: Aksh Deep Nath reaches his half-century with a pull off Kuldeep Sen for four, in the 38 over. Aksh Deep has helped UP just hang in there. Still a mountain to climb, though: UP needs 92 in less than 13 overs.

UPDATE: Manish Pandey powers Karnataka into the QFs with a six! A breezy win for Karnataka as it chases down the 199-run target in 43.3 overs with eight wickets in hand. Siddharth KV's 85* and Pandey's 52* propelled the side home. They will face domestic giant Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinals.

UPDATE: Tripura loses its second wicket in its 259-run chase. Bikram Kumar Das departs for 61 as Thakur strikes for Vidarbha. Tripura needs 110 runs in 16.2 overs to win.

UPDATE: Karnataka needs 31 runs with 11 overs to spare. Siddharth KV moves into the 70s and has forged a fine stand with skipper Manish Pandey.

UPDATE: Tripura opener Bikram Kumar Das scores 50 and is building a partnership with Samit Gohil as they bring their team to a score of 138 in 31 overs.

UPDATE: UP reach 100 runs with a 58-run partnership from Rizvi and Aksh Deep.

UPDATE: Rizvi and Aksh Deep have steadied UP with a 45-run partnership to take their team to 88 for 3. More will be needed from the duo as UP is still 147 runs adrift of the target.

UPDATE: Karnataka is poised for a big win and requires just 77 runs in 20 overs with eight wickets in hand.

UPDATE: Gone! Tripura's opening stand is broken as Taide gets Ghosh for 44. Just short of a 100-run opening stand as Tripura is one down for 96, still needing 163 runs for the win.

UPDATE: Tripura is coasting at 74 for no loss in 18 overs, chasing 259 against Vidarbha. Will we have a quarterfinalist from the Plate Group?

UPDATE: Venkatesh Iyer gets a wicket. UP is struggling a 52 for 3 and will need a strong partnership to overhaul the target of 235 set by MP.

UPDATE: KAR 100/2. Aniket Choudhary strikes as Samarth walks back for 54. Karnataka is however halfway there with 100 on the board for the loss of two wickets.

UPDATE: Two quick wickets with the new ball for Avesh Khan and MP is on a roll. Aryan Juyal and Karan Sharma both edged to slip. Puneet Datey, from the other end, has been accurate as well.

UPDATE: Madhya Pradesh folds for 234 as Puneet Datey holes out to Shivam Sharma at deep extra cover, trying to hit out in the final over. The tail didn’t wag much after Dayal, the pick of the bowlers, got rid of Aditya Shrivastava and Parth Sahani cheaply. 

Only Puneet provided some resistance. Against the run of play, he struck two sixes in one over by Shivam Mavi, both towards long-off. 

UPDATE: An underwhelming innings from Venkatesh comes to an end as he edges behind trying to pull a short delivery from Dayal. The highlight of his innings was a six through midwicket via a pull stroke off the bowling of Shivam Mavi. 

Patidar entertained before holing out to the fielder at long leg, trying to hit a six. He was out for 46. 

UPDATE: Rajasthan bowled out for 199. Khaleel Ahmed stumped to Gowtham. Great recovery from 19/5 but Rajasthan has been bowled out in 41.4 overs. It could have easily added 50 odd runs. Unfortunately no support for Hooda.

UPDATE: Shubham’s enterprising innings comes to an end as he is bowled trying to sweep Shivam.  

Runs came in a hurry in the last few minutes, thanks to his belligerence. He treated Bhuvneshwar with disdain, collecting three boundaries off him in two overs. One of the shots played was an outrageous ramp shot to a length delivery. 

Venkatesh Iyer is the new batter; perfect time for him to tee off as MP tries to make up for a slow start. 

UPDATE: Finally a breakthrough for Karnataka. Samar Joshi drives one straight to covers. Played beautifully. Just ensured he turned over the strike to his captain. 31 off 57 is a mega knock considering the situation his team was in. No boundaries either. Venkatesh the bowler.

UPDATE: An excellent throw ends Rameez’s stay at the crease. The fielder at deep square leg fired in a throw and effected a direct hit. Rameez was unable to complete his second run after playing the sweep off left-arm spinner Shivam Sharma.

UPDATE: Spin introduced, in the 16th over. It’s been a good first hour and a bit for UP, which chose to field after winning the toss, no doubt looking to make good use of the favourable conditions in the morning. Ankit Rajpoot and Shivam Mavi looked less threatening than the other fast bowlers.

Boundaries have been intermittent, but the batters seem to have settled into their groove now. There were two misfields by UP – the first, by a fielder at midwicket to allow a single to Rameez, and the second, by the man at midwicket to the right-handed Shubham in the 14th over. Shubham stood tall and punched a short-of-a-length delivery from Rajpoot, and the fielder dived over the ball.

UPDATE: Uttar Pradesh’s two seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yash Dayal have kept the batters on a tight leash for the best part of the first half hour. Shubham Sharma played the flick well to pick up four runs off the first real loose delivery in Dayal’s spell. Opener Rameez Khan was lucky as he tried to smash a back-of-a-length delivery from Dayal and edged the ball; the ball travelled over the heads of the slip fielders en route to the boundary. Bhuvneshwar overpitched for the first time in his fourth over, and Shubham took full toll, playing a glorious cover drive. Bhuvneshwar accounted for the only wicket to fall so far, that of opener Abhishek Bhandari. Bhandari was bowled in the first over.

TOSS UPDATE: Uttar Pradesh won the toss and opted to bowl first versus Madhya Pradesh.

TOSS UPDATE: Tripura won the toss and opted to bowl first versus Vidarbha.

TOSS UPDATE: Karnataka won the toss and opted to bowl first versus Rajasthan.

Pre Quarterfinals matchups:

Pre Quarterfinal 1: Vidarbha vs Tripura

Pre Quarterfinal 2: Karnataka vs Rajasthan

Pre Quarterfinal 3: Uttar Pradesh vs Madhya Pradesh

(All matches will be played in Jaipur on December 19 at 9:00 AM IST)

Uttar Pradesh vs Madhya Pradash Preview

Madhya Pradesh will aim to make it five wins in a row to make the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinals when it takes on Uttar Pradesh at the Jaipuria Vidhyalaya Ground on Sunday.

The team hasn’t lost a game since suffering a narrow defeat to Maharashtra in the opening game, profiting primarily from IPL star Venkatesh Iyer and Shubham Sharma – the two batters have a combined tally of 684 runs in this tournament, in six matches. Venkatesh, in particular, has been irresistible: his 151 less than a week ago against Chandigarh was nothing less than a six-fest. He struck 10 sixes and eight fours in a whirlwind knock (strike-rate: 133.62).

In contrast, Uttar Pradesh is devoid of players who have sizzled in the last IPL. Nonetheless, it remains a formidable opponent, a team which finished as the runner-up in the last season. The 24-year-old Rinku Singh is in good form with the bat – 245 runs in five innings – while fast bowler Yash Dayal has 11 wickets, including a 5 for 31 against Hyderabad in Mullanpur, Chandigarh, on December 12.  

UP will look up to Dayal and the seasoned Ankit Rajpoot to make the early breakthroughs if it manages to put the opposition in. Given the fact that the team has been negotiating the chilly mornings of northern India throughout the last 10 days, it may perhaps be better prepared mentally to handle the challenge posed here.

-Abhishek Mukherjee



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