Vijay Hazare quarterfinals: Jharkhand, Hyderabad in final four

Hyderabad qualified for the semifinals by a 14-run victory over Andhra, while Jharkhand eased to a 8-wicket victory over Maharashtra.

Ishan Kishan in action for Jharkhand.

Semifinal Line-ups: While Mumbai takes on Hyderabad in the first semifinal on Wednesday, Delhi will meet Jharkhand in the second semifinal on Thursday. Both matches will be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. 

Hyderabad qualifies for the semifinals of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Heartbreak for Andhra as Hyderabad wins the match by 14 runs. Chasing 282, Andhra was cruising at one stage with Hanuma Vihari (95) and Ricky Bhui (52) leading the way. However, Mohammed Siraj turned the tide in Hyderabad's favour by denying Vihari a century and went on to pick two more wickets. Andhra's middle-order collapsed under pressure as Hyderabad was successful in defending the total.

17:28 WICKET Ayyappa Bandaru is run out as Andhra loses its ninth wicket. 

17:19 K V Sasikanth and Ayyappa Bandaru are fighting it out in the middle as Andhra requires 24 from 12 deliveries. A six from Bandaru has given Andhra hope.

17:10 WICKET - Hyderabad sniff a win as Andhra has lost its eighth wicket and requires another 38 runs to win. With no recognised batsmen at the crease it will be a miracle of sorts if Andhra goes to win.

16:52 WICKET - Andhra is in some serios trouble as C.V. Milind removes B. Sumanth. Andhra needs 55 runs in 30 deliveries with four wickets remaining.

16:44 Jharkhand enters semifinals. Jharkhand rode on a brilliant unbeaten 53 from Shasheem Rathour to enter the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In a rail curtailed match, chasing 127 in 34 overs, the Jharkhand batsmen ensured they were ahead by 18 runs according to VJD method when rain arrived. Requiring 38 in 42 deliveries on resumption, Rathour and Saurabh Tiwary knocked off the runs as Jharkhand defeated Maharashtra by eight wickets (VJD method).

16:41 Fifty for Shasheem Rathour - It has been a match-winning fifty from Rathour as Jharkhand is on the verge of qualifying for the semis. Jharkhand needs 4 runs in 13 deliveries.

16:33 Hyderabad is pulling things back and is in the hunt as Ravi Kiran castles the experienced D.B. Ravi Teja to leave Andhra five down. Andhra 209/5 in 40 overs.

16:30 Saurabh Tiwary and Shasheem Rathour are getting the job done for Jharkhand who now requires 24 in 32 deliveries. 

16:27 WICKET! Mohammed Siraj gets the big wicket of Hanuma Vihari as the Andhra skipper misses out on a well-deserved hundred. Vihari falls for 95 with Andhra needing another 74 runs to win.

16:24 The rain has stopped at the M. Chinnaswamy as Jharkhand resumes its chase against Maharashtra. Jharkhand now needs 38 runs in 42 deliveries.

16:18 WICKET! Mohammed Siraj breaks the century stand as he gets Ricky Bhui. Bhui played his part with an important 52 off 71 deliveries and the onus now lies on skipper Hanuma Vihari to see his team through. Andhra 200/3 at the end of 37 overs, needing another 82 to qualify for the semis.

16:11 Ricky Bhui and Hanuma Vihari forge an unbeaten 100-run partnership for the third wicket and it has come just when Andhra needed the most.

16:09 Fifty for Ricky Bhui - Ricky Bhui brings up his 50 in 67 balls and along with his skipper Hanuma Vihari is playing a vital innings. Andhra 189/2 at the end of 35 overs.

16:07 The match between Jharkhand and Maharashtra has been stopped due to rain. Chasing a revised target of 174 runs, Jharkhand was 89/2 at the end of 27 overs.

15:43 Andhra brings up its team 150 in 27 overs. Hanuma Vihari has been the aggressor with an unbeaten 69 with Ricky Bhui giving him company.

15:23 Fifty for Vihari - Andhra skipper Hanuma Vihari hits a fine unbeaten fifty. Vihari holds the key as Andhra chase a stiff target of 282 runs for a place in the semifinal. Andhra 130/2 in 23.4 overs.

15:10 Andhra brings up its team 100 in 18.6 overs with Hanuma Vihari and K.S. Bharat at the crease.

14:55 WICKET! Jharkhand loses its skipper Ishan Kishan as he departs for 28. Jharkhand 61/2 at the end of 18 overs.

14:51 WICKET! Hyderabad strikes as B. Sandeep gets opener Ashwin Hebbar. Andhra 88/2 in 15.4 overs.

14:50 Jharkhand brings up its team fifty in 16.6 overs for the loss of one wicket.

14:33 Ashwin Hebbar and Hanuma Vihari have steadied the ship after the loss of K.S. Bharat. Andhra 62/1 at the end of 10 overs.

14.23 Andhra brings up its team fifty in 8.2 overs for the loss of one wicket.

14:14 WICKET! Mohammed Siraj strikes to give Hyderabad its first breakthrough. He removes K.S. Bharat to break the opening stand that was flourishing. Skipper Hanuma Vihari is out in the middle. Andhra 34/1 in 6.4 overs.

14:08 Andhra is off to a steady start as Ashwin Hebbar and K.S. Bharat are off the blocks quickly. Andhra 33/0 at the end of 5 overs.

14:02 WICKET! S.M. Fallah is rewarded for bowling tight lines as he traps Anand Singh plumb in front of the wickets. Jharkhand off to a poor start in chase of 182. Jharkhand 21/1 in 9.4 overs.

13:45 Play has resumed and the match has been reduced to 47 overs. The VJD target for Jharkhand is 184.

13:30 The groundstaff are pulling the tarpaulin sheet onto the field, to cover the pitch, with slight drizzle interrupting play. Jharkhand is 5/0 in 5.3 overs.

13:18 Anand Singh and Ishan Kishan have begun Jharkhand's chase of 182 against Maharashtra.

13:16 End of Innings: Hyderabad rides on B. Sandeep's brilliant 97-ball 96 to post a competitive 281/8 at the end of 50 overs.

13:04 Hyderabad brings up its 250 but has lost Akash Bhandari who fell while trying to up the ante. Hyderabad 251/6 in 47.4 overs.

12:55 B Sandeep holds the key for Hyderabad in the last four overs as it will try to cross the 250-run mark. Hyderabad 237/5 at the end of 46 overs.

12.40 Hyderabad is 220/5 after 43 overs. B. Sandeep is unbeaten on 70 and has Akash Bhandari for company. Sumanth Kolla was the last wicket to fall, he made a run-a-ball 27.

12.24 Hyderabad is 198/4 after 40 overs. B. Sandeep is batting on 62, with Sumanth Kolla on 23 (off 22 balls).

12.20 ALL OUT! Samad Fallah falls for a second-ball duck, caught off the bowling of Rahul Shukla. Maharashtra is bowled out for 181 in 42.2 overs. Anukul Roy is the leading wicket-taker for Jharkhand with figures of 4/32, Rahul Shukla takes 3/35, while Varun Aaron took 2/47. 182 in the target for Jharkhand!

12.17 R. K. Motwani falls just after reaching his half-century, becoming Anukul Roy's fourth victim. He is caught at long-on and walks back to the pavilion after making 52 runs off 73 balls. Maharashtra 181/9 after 42 overs.

12.11 In the other quarterfinal, Hyderabad has set itself a nice base: it is currently 185/4 in the 38th over. Ambati Rayudu was the fourth wicket to fall, being run out by Ashwin Hebbar. B. Sandeep is, however, going strong on 59.

12:10 Maharashtra is falling apart, having lost two wickets in the space of four balls. S. Bachhav falls for a first-ball duck, with Maharashtra now 171/7 in the 41st over. R. K. Motwani the lone man standing, currently batting on 48.

11.50am Shrikant Mundhe is trapped leg before wicket by Anukul Roy for 9, Maharashtra slips to 161/6 in the 36th over.

11.45am B. Sandeep has brought up his half-century, is currently batting on 51 off 50 balls. Hyderabad is 153/3 after 32 overs, the partnership between Rayudu and Sandeep having added 56 runs so far for the fourth wicket.

11.35am In the other quarterfinal, Ambati Rayudu and B. Sandeep have put on 50 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Hyderabad to 147/3 after 29 overs. Rayudu is batting on 21 off 20 balls, with Sandeep, going strong with 49 runs off 43 balls, scoring at an impressive strike rate of nearly 114.

11.32am Rahul Tripathi falls for 47, holing out to long-on off Anukul Roy. Maharashtra is 148/5 in the 32nd over, the partnership between Tripathi and R. K. Motwani added 76 runs.

11.28am R. K. Motwani and Rahul Tripathi have now put on 72 runs for the fifth wicket, with Maharashtra moving to 144/4 after 31 overs. Tripathi, in particular, is starting to open up his shoulders, taking his score to 47 runs runs off 54 balls, with Motwani playing a more sedate innings. He is on 38 off 51 balls. 

11.02am Hyderabad, meanwhile, has lost Rohit Rayudu just as it was gaining momentum through B. Sandeep, who is batting on 22 runs off 16 balls. Rohit out leg before for 21, becomes Prithvi Raj's second wicket. Hyderabad 97/3 in the 22nd over.

11.00am R. K. Motwani and Rahul Tripathi are rebuilding Maharashtra's innings with their current unbeaten partnership of 37 runs for the fifth wickets. It is 109/4 after 24 overs, Motwani going strong on 28 and Tripathi batting on 19.

10.36am Just as we said it, Hyderabad loses its second wicket, Tanmay Agarwal falls for 31, caught behind off Girinath Reddy. Rohit Rayudu is joined by B. Sandeep.

10.34am Hyderabad is making steady progress in the other quarterfinal against Andhra. It is 60/1 after 15 overs. Tanmay Agarwal is batting on 31, Rohit Rayudu giving him company on 9.

10.25am Shahbaz Nadeem's introduction to the attack brings Jharkhand its fourth wicket. N. Shaikh falls for 8, bowled by the left-arm spinner. Jharkhand 72/4 in the 16th over.

10.15am Prithvi Raj provides Andhra its first breakthrough, Akshath Reddy is out for 18. Hyderabad 42/1 in the 13th over.

10.05am Hyderabad, meanwhile, is kept on a tight leash by Andhra. It is 37/0 in the 11th over.

10.04am Maharashtra has slid further, to 55/3, Ankit Bawne caught down the leg-side off Varun Aaron. N. Shaikh is joined by R. H. Motwani.

9.54am Disciplined bowling and concerted pressure from Jharkhand brings it its second wicket. Varun Aaron dismisses Swapnil Gugale (22), who miscues his heave to mid-on. Maharashtra 51/2 after 10 overs. 

9.45am Maharashtra is 49/1 after eight overs, with Jharkhand seamers exerting more control in the last couple of overs having been wayward to start off with. Hyderabad is 25/0 in the seventh over.

9.30am In the other quarterfinal, Hyderabad is off to a steady start through Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath Reddy, 12/0 after three overs.

9.25am Ruturaj Gaikwad falls to Rahul Shukla, caught at point for 11 runs off 9 balls. Jharkhand 35/1 in the fourth over. Swapnil Gugale is joined by Ankit Bawne.

9am Ishan Kishan, the Jharkhand captain, has won the toss and put Maharashtra in to bat. In the other quarterfinal, Hanuma Vihari, the Andhra captain, has won the toss and chosen to field first as well, against Hyderabad.

The playing XIs

Jharkhand: Ishan Kishan (c & wk), Sumit Kumar, Kumar Deobrat, Saurabh Tiwary, Jaskaran Singh, Anand Singh, Anukul Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron, Rahul Shikla

Maharashtra: Rahul Tripathi (c), S. Mundhe, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Swapnil Gugale, Ankit Bawne, A. Sanklecha, R. H. Motwani (wk), S. M. Fallah, S. M. Kazi, N. S. Shaikh, S. Bachhav

Andhra: Hanuma Vihari (c), Ashwin Hebbar, Girinath Reddy, Prithvi Raj, Ricky Bhui, K. S. Bharat (wk), Karn Sharma, Ravi Teja, K. V. Sasikanth, B. Sumanth, Ayyappa Bandaru

Hyderabad: Ambati Rayudu (c), Ravi Kiran, Akash Bhandari, C. V. Milind, Akshath Reddy, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Sumanth Kolla (wk), B. Sandeep, K. Rohit Rayudu, Mohammad Siraj

Yesterday, Mumbai and Delhi qualified for the semifinals and await the winners of today's quarterfinals. The semifinals are set to take place on October 17 and 18, with the final scheduled for October 20.