Vijay Hazare Trophy: Yuvraj helps Punjab clinch spot in quarters

The left-hander scored 98 off 83 balls and helped Punjab chase down 324 against Services with one over remaining to secure a quarter-final berth in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Unmukt Chand, Delhi's opener, scored a century in his team's victory over Andhra.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Vidarbha advanced to the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as the top team from Group C after they edged Maharashtra in a low-scoring match. Vidarbha, opting to bowl, dismissed Maharashtra for 183 with Umesh Yadav (3 for 24) and Akshay Karnewar (4 for 43) doing the maximum damage.

After securing a four-wicket win over Maharashtra, Vidarbha emerged as the top team from Group C ahead of the quarter-finals. Maharashtra's target of 184 was chased down in 47 overs in a 49-overs a side game. Ganesh Satish, with 71, and opener Jitesh Sharma, with 39, were the main performers with the bat for Vidarbha.

Vidarbha, after choosing to bowl, got Maharashtra bowled out for 183, catalysed by Akshay Karnewar (4 for 43) and Umesh Yadav (3 for 24).

Karn Sharma stars for Railways

Leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s five wickets helped Railways end their campaign with a 106-run win over Haryana in an inconsequential Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Chasing a modest 220 for win, Haryana were bowled out for 113, inside 36 overs, as Karn finished with figures of five for 13 in 9.1 overs. Only Nitin Saini (20) and Rohit Sharma (26) got past 20 among the Haryana batsmen.

The win hardly had any significance for Railways as they finished fourth in Group B with 12 points, a place above Haryana, who finished their engagements with eight points.

Yuvraj Singh powers Punjab to three-wicket win

Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh powered Punjab’s chase of 324 with a quickfire 98 as his team defeated Services by three wickets and qualified for the knockout stages of the Vijay Hazare.

Opting to bowl, Punjab saw Services pile up 323 for seven with the help of twin centuries by Nakul Verma (113) and Soumya Swain (101) in the stipulated overs at the Railways Recreation Club Ground. Verma hit nine boundaries and a six in his 125-ball knock, while Swain needed just 90 balls to score his runs, and he struck 10 fours.

In reply, Punjab were off to a solid start with openers Pargat Singh (49 off 39 balls) and Jiwanjot Singh (41 off 35) adding 82 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs. Mandeep Singh made 45 off 56 balls, while Mayank Sidhana scored 46 runs off 49 deliveries.

However, it was Yuvraj who anchored the chase before skipper Harbhajan (16 not out) and Gitansh Khera (13) took the team past the daunting target. Yuvraj smashed eight boundaries and four sixes, facing 83 balls.

Tripura trump Odisha in inconsequential game

Tripura defeated Odisha by 37 runs to register a consolation win in their final inconsequential Group C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The win hardly had any effect on the Group C standings as Tripura finished at the bottom with just four points while Odisha is just a rung above with equal number of points.

Both the sides were out of the knock-out reckoning even before the start of the encounter, having lost five consecutive games earlier.