Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 quarterfinals: Gujarat, Karnataka move into semifinals

K. L. Rahul scores 90 to help Karnataka defeat Puducherry by eight wickets at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Gujarat manages a similarly convincing win over Delhi.

Devdutt Padikkal continued his good form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring a half-century against Puducherry. File Photo: Sudhakara Jain

Hello, welcome to Sportstar's coverage of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20.


 

RESULT

1. At M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: Puducherry 207 for 9 in 50 overs lost to Karnataka 213 for 2 in 41 overs by eight wickets.
2. At Just Cricket Ground, Bengaluru: Delhi 223 in 49 overs lost to Gujarat 225 for 4 in 37.5 overs by six wickets.

 

Delhi and Gujarat batted solidly when they chased their target, and both got home with plenty of deliveries to spare. While there was no century scored today, there were plenty of useful performances — K. L. Rahul's 90, Priyank Panchal's 80, Parthiv Patel's 80, Rohan Kadam's unbeaten 50, and Devdutt Padikkal's 50. There were half-centuries also from Dhruv Shorey (91, 109b), Sagar Trivedi and M. Marimuthu.

For Puducherry, the top team from the Plate Group, this contest against a domestic heavyweight must have been a good learning experience. And after having fallen to 41 for 6, it was a remarkable effort to stretch the contest to where it did.

For Delhi, the total batting first wasn't enough, especially when considering the potent batting line-up of Gujarat.

That brings us to the end of our Vijay Hazare Trophy coverage for today. There are quarterfinals lined up for Monday, too. Punjab plays Tamil Nadu at Alur Grounds, Bengaluru, while Mumbai takes on Chhattisgarh at the same venue.

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Karnataka vs Puducherry | Karnataka reaches home as well, with nine overs to spare. Rahul was the main sculptor of the chase, scoring 90. He stuck around till the 38th over; by then, the result was merely a formality. Rohan Kadam (50, 68b, 3x4) gave him good support, as did opener Devdutt Padikkal.

The win margin: eight wickets.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Dhruv Raval (34 n.o., 46, 1x4) and Axar Patel (13 n.o., 15b, 1x4) see Gujarat home in the 38th over. It's a six-wicket win. Gujarat moves through to the semifinal.

The foundation was laid Parthiv Patel and Priyank Panchal who scored briskly. The two put on 150 runs for the first wicket, in just 23.1 overs. Delhi was always playing catch-up after that, considering the target was modest — 224.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | K. L. Rahul hits a stylish backfoot drive to extra-cover, and there's a midfield that allows him to take a couple. In the next over, he plays a delicate late cut off left-arm spinner Udeshi that runs away to the boundary.

But in the same over, he tries to play a sweep shot and perishes, trapped in front by a fast, straight delivery. Udesh is pumped up after the wicket. But Karnataka is nearly home, it needs 22 more runs to win, off 72 deliveries.

Rahul's well-paced innings off 90 contained eight fours and a six.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Gujarat is just 27 runs away from victory. It has 17 overs in which to score these runs. No. 3 Bhargav Merai has departed; he fell to Simarjeet Singh who has two wickets now. Dhruv Raval is batting on 27.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | K. L. Rahul unhurriedly moves to 65. He is content on pushing and nudging deliveries for singles. Karnataka is strolling along. Udeshi leaps in half-excitement as his full delivery finds Rahul in front of the wickets, but there's no damage done as he defends it relatively safely.

Fifty partnership is brought up as Kadam neatly executes a drive through the extra cover for a boundary. After 31 overs, it's drinks. Karnataka is 149 for 1, it needs another 59 runs to win.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Priyank Panchal has been dismissed as well. He falls to Simarjeet Singh for 80 (91b, 8x4, 1x6), with the score at 172. Bhargav Merai is the new batsman. After 29 overs, Gujarat is 176 for 2.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Parthiv departs after scoring 76 (60b, 10x4, 1x6), but Gujarat is well on its way to ensure a berth in the semis. Opener Priyank Panchal is batting on 74 (84b, 8x4, 1x6). Dhruv Raval is the new batsman. Gujarat needs 64 more runs to win, in 24 overs.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | K. L. Rahul gets to his half-century, after a long wait. It's his 15th half-century in List A cricket. After an expensive first spell, Vinay Kumar is back into the attack. Karnataka is 116 for 1 in the 25th over. Ninety two more runs are needed to win, in 25 overs.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Ahmed's second over goes for 11. It included a six off a slog-sweep by Devdutt Padikkal. In the next over, the 19th of the innings, Padikkal completes his half-century. His opening partner K. L. Rahul is six runs away from his own half-century.

However, against the run of play, Padikkal slices Sagar Udeshi to point and departs.

It's 98 for 1 after 19 overs.

Karnataka has a firm hold on the contest. It needs 110 runs to win.

Delhi vs Gujarat | At the Just Cricket Ground, Gujarat is racing along. Fourteen overs are up, and Gujarat is 84 for 0 already. The openers have hit 13 boundaries between them so far. Parthiv is five runs away from his half-century.

A hundred and forty one runs are needed in 35 overs.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Fifty is up for Karnataka. Padikkal has shown enterprise, he has hit four boundaries in his 34-ball 31 so far. Giving him company is the more subdued K. L. Rahul, who is batting on 17 (39b).

Vinay Kumar has been expensive; in his four overs, he has given away 28 runs.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Five overs are up at the Just Cricket Ground, too. Captain Parthiv Patel has hit a run-a-ball 16. His opening partner, Priyank Panchal, is batting on 10 (15b). Five boundaries have been hit so far, three by Parthiv. The score: 27 for 0.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Five overs are up in Karnataka's innings at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. It's been a slow but steady start by the openers. Just one boundary has been hit so far, by Devdutt Padikkal. It's 20 for 0.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Delhi has been bowled out for 223. The last five wickets fell for 46 runs. Nagwaswalla ends up with three wickets and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla picks up two.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Ahmed provides finishing touches to the innings, after the recovery led by Trivedi and Marimuthu. Off the penultimate over bowled by Koushik, he hits a four and a six — the six via a slow-sweep to deep midwicket. He falls for 37 (40b) in the final over to Mithun, trying to take full toll off a full delivery considerably away from his reach outside the off-stump.

Puducherry reaches its 200, thanks to the recovery by the lower order. Reminder — it was reduced to 61 for 6 at one stage. The final score: 207 for 9.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Shorey cannot get to his hundred, he falls for 91 (109b, 7x4, 2x6) to A. Nagwaswalla. Nagwaswalla dismisses Himmat Singh, too, for 26. Owing to a rain interruption, the contest had been briefly halted. It's now a 49-over affair.

Delhi 177 for 5 in the 42nd over.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Marimuthu's innings comes to an end. He is perhaps tricked by a slower delivery from Koushik. He attempts a pull of a short-of-a-length delivery but doesn't time the ball. He is caught in the deep. It's 178 for 8 in the 47th over.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Marimuthu gets to his landmark, it's his first half-century in List A cricket. He's hit two fours and two sixes in his innings so far. The 50-partnership is also up.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Fabid Ahmed gets a long-hop from Shreyas, and duly pulls it to deep midwicket for a six. Later, Marimuthu gets down the track to Shreyas and neatly smacks him for a six straight down the ground. The partnership is worth 45 now.

Marimuthu is one run away from his half-century.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Shorey is 10 runs away from the second List A century of his career. The 150 is up for Delhi, in the 37th over. Himmat Singh is batting on 12.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Trivedi's cameo comes to an end. He attempts to pull Dubey hard, but doesn't time it. He is caught by Manish Pandey. Fabid Ahmed is the new batsman.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | First List-A half-century from Trivedi. It's a quickfire knock; he reaches the landmark in 53 deliveries. He has hit four fours and two sixes so far. He has played some cuts, slogs, pulls and the odd drive. After 33 overs, it's 112 for 6.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Meanwhile, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Sagar Trivedi is slowly trying to rebuild the Puducherry innings with a resolute 42 off 45 balls. 102-6 in 30.2 overs so far. Puducherry needs a stable partnership for a score it can reasonably defend.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Oh did we speak too soon? Nitish Rana departs for 33, Tarun Gaja gets the man, leaving Delhi three wickets down now. Himmat Singh is the new man in.

Karnataka vs Puducherry |
Another expensive over from Shreyas and a 50-run resuscitating partnership comes up between Trivedi and M. Marimuthu. The two batsmen look comfortable against the spinners operating — Shreyas and off-spinner K. Gowtham.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Shorey has his half-century (56 n.o., 77b, 5x4). Delhi is 100 for 2 in the 28th over. The partnership is worth 82. Nitish Rana is batting on 32 (58b, 4x4).

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Sagar Trivedi throws caution to the wind and registers the innings's first six. Shreyas Gopal, the leg-spinner, is pulled hard through deep midwicket. Off the previous ball, the over's first, Trivedi plays a smart late cut for a boundary through third man. It's not the most pleasant of starts to the spell for Shreyas.

Puducherry crosses 50. It's 64 for 6 after 20 overs.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Shorey is seven runs away from his 11th half-century. Rana, his partner, has been rather subdued; he is batting on 19, off 44 deliveries. After 22 overs, Delhi is 75 for 2.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Puducherry is crumbling, after an avoidable run-out and the caught-behind dismissal of the set Paras Dogra.

Suresh Kumar, who came in to bat after the fall of S. Karthik, has a fatal mix-up with Dogra; off a misfield, he attempts a run and doesn't see his partner at the other end. Dogra sends him back at the last minute but by then it's too late. In the next over, Dogra tries to tickle a delivery bowled down the leg side by Dubey, and gets a thick edge that is snaffled by K. L. Rahul.

Puducherry six down now, in 16 overs. The score: 44.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Breakthrough for Dubey. The leg-spinner gets S. Karthik to attempt a cut off a good-length delivery outside the off-stump. Karthik gets an edge and the wicketkeeper pouches it. The edge was evident; two distinct sounds could be heard, presumably of bat on ball and the ball thudding into the gloves. Karthik goes for 11.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Delhi has crossed 50. Captain Dhruv Shorey has scored most of those runs; he is batting on 29 off 33 deliveries. Nitish Rana is batting alongside him. Fifteen overs are up.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | P. Dubey into the attack and he's hit for a boundary off his third delivery. Dogra climbs on to a long hop and dispatches it to the extra-cover boundary. Four singles taken from the over, too. It's 34 for 3 in 12 overs.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | Slightly overpitched from Koushik, and Paras Dogra plays a square drive to collect his first boundary. It's the second boundary scored in the entire innings. Ten overs are up. India star K. L. Rahul is keeping wickets for Karnataka today.

Delhi vs Gujarat | Medium pacer C. T. Gaja has two wickets. Both openers are dismissed. Shikhar Dhawan fell for a duck, while Anuj Rawat scored 11. Dhruv Shorey and Nitish Rana are in the middle.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | D. Rohit departs, it's a soft dismissal. Rohit plays an extra-cover drive and cannot keep it on the ground; the ball travels to Manish Pandey at extra-cover. Abhimanyu Mithun has his second. The score — 15 for 3 in seven overs.

Karnataka vs Puducherry | A probing, successful over from Abhimanyu Mithun. A wicket and a run — via a wide — coming from it. Puducherry is dented early. Karnataka gets rid of its former team-mate and captain R. Vinay Kumar, who goes for a pull shot but skies the ball and is caught by Shreyas Gopal in the deep. 11 for 2 in five overs.

10-1: The current score in both matches. Pondicherry has managed this in five overs while Delhi has gotten here in six overs.


Delhi vs Gujarat: WICKET
Dhawan goes for a duck. Eight agonising balls to middle the ball and score that run. Both batting sides this morning have lost an opener already.

Delhi vs Gujarat: STEADY Shikhar Dhawan is yet to open his account today while Anuj Rawat has paced himself to get those singles early on as Delhi looks to get a competitive score on board. 7-0 in 3 overs.

Karnataka vs Pondicherry: WICKET Prasidh Krishna strikes for the host and removes Arun Karthik for a duck. Pondicherry begins a little unsteadily. 1-1 in 1.5 overs.

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Preview of Sunday's quarterfinal ties

After a hectic three-week period of league stage matches, contested by 38 teams split across four groups, the business end of the Vijay Hazare Trophy has arrived.

The best eight teams have assembled in Bengaluru for the quarterfinal round, which will be held here on Sunday and Monday.

Home favourite Karnataka takes on Plate group toppers Pondicherry at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, while Delhi battles Gujarat at Just Cricket ground (both matches on Sunday).

The strong Karnataka side, with seven wins in eight Group ‘A’ matches, starts as clear favourite over unheralded Pondicherry. The Karnataka batting line-up wears a fearsome look, with skipper Manish Pandey leading the pack with an average of 101. Young Devdutt Padikkal is not too far behind, with two centuries and three fifties to his name. His opening partner, K.L. Rahul, is unstoppable when he hits top gear. The bowling is spearheaded by pacer Prasidh Krishna, who bagged a five-for in the last group match, against Saurashtra.

Pondicherry, which faced lesser sides in the Plate group, now takes a big step up. The likes of exciting batsman Arun Karthik – who started his domestic career with Tamil Nadu - and former Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar need to be at their very best.

Karnataka bowling coach S. Aravind stated that Pondicherry will not be taken lightly, and that all necessary homework on the opposition has been done. “Vinay and JAK (Current Pondicherry coach and former Karnataka coach J. Arunkumar) know our strengths and weaknesses, but we’ve done our research too. We spoke to players from States who played practice matches against Pondicherry. We also analysed match videos of the Pondicherry team," Aravind said here on Saturday.

Arunkumar stated while the Karnataka batsmen are in great form, they are fallible. “It takes only one good ball, one mistake, or one brilliant catch to get someone out," Arunkumar said.

The other last-eight fixture promises to be a more balanced contest. Delhi, which played all its Group ‘B’ matches on tricky surfaces in Vadodara, will relish the chance to play in more friendly conditions at Just Cricket ground. Nitish Rana, the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for the team, stands out as the key man.

FIXTURES FOR THE DAY
TEAM SQUADS

 

FIXTURES Quarterfinals

Karnataka vs Pondicherry, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Delhi vs Gujarat, Just Cricket Ground, Bengaluru