Vijay Hazare Trophy: Vidarbha, Baroda qualify in contrasting ways

Vidarbha topped the group by hammering Assam by 104 runs runs at the Karnail Singh Stadium. Baroda, in spite of losing to Haryana by 85 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, occupied the second spot.

Rahul Tewatia (78 not out) and Rahul Dagar (56 not out) raised 136 runs for the unfinished sixth-wicket stand and put Haryana on top against Baroda and take it to the quarterfinals.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

 

Vidarbha and Baroda made the quarterfinals from Group ‘A’ in contrasting ways on the final day of the league phase of Vijay Hazare Trophy limited-over cricket tournament here on Monday.

Vidarbha topped the group by hammering Assam by 104 runs runs at the Karnail Singh Stadium. Baroda, in spite of losing to Haryana by 85 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, occupied the second spot.

Scorecard: Vidarbha beats Assam by 104 runs

Punjab, which could have posed Baroda’s place in the quarterfinal, lost to Odisha by 69 runs at the Air Force ground and finished third.

Vidarbha played true to form and dominated Assam by setting a target of 274 following half centuries from Jitesh Sharma and Ganesh Satish. When Assam chased, off-spinner Abhishek Chourasia took six for 37 and made sure Vidarbha was never threatened.

Baroda twice looked in control against Haryana but eventually crumbled to a big defeat. After Haryana opted to bat, Baroda struck early and had the opposition worried at 130 for five in the 31st over. Thereafter, Rahul Tewatia (78 not out) and Rahul Dagar (56 not out) raised 136 runs for the unfinished sixth-wicket stand and put Haryana on top.

Scorecard: Haryana won by 85 runs

Baroda looked well on course at 83 for one after 14 overs. However, off the next delivery, a well-set Krunal Pandya (43) offered a simple catch at short mid-wicket and that triggered off a procession. Only opener Kedhav Jadhav (81) carried on the fight after the cheap dismissals of Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan had virtually ensured a victory for Haryana.

Punjab became a victim of its urgency to score big in a desperate attempt to qualify.

After Odisha once again rode on the shoulder of Govind Poddar (120) to set a target of 241, Punjab was looking good until 112 for two in 15 overs but nothing went right thereafter. Left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh, who had sent back opener Shubnam Gill for 41, struck four more times to finish with five for 49. Punjab folded for 171 in just 30 overs.

The scores:

At Air Force ground, Palam:

Odisha 240 in 49.5 overs (Govind Poddar 120, Biplab Samantaray 48, Siddharth Kaul three for 32, Mandeep Singh two for three, Manpreet Grewal two for 37) beat Punjab 171 in 30 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 58, Shubman Gill 41, Dhiraj Singh five for 49, Rajkishan Patel three for 28) by 69 runs. Toss: Odisha.

Group ‘A’ final standings: 1. Vidarbha (20 points), 2. Baroda (16), 3. Punjab (12), 4. Haryana (12), 5. Railways (8), 6. Assam (8), 7. Odisha (8).

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