Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s Highlights of the Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinal matches as Saurashtra humbled Karnataka while Maharashtra survived an Assam scare in Ahmedabad.
Maharashtra prevails to beat Assam and enter final for maiden time: S Hangargekar starred with a four-wicket haul as Maharashtra beats Assam by a slender margin of 12 runs to enter the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Assam batsmen produced a valiant display with the bat as Sibsankar Roy, Sarupam Purkayastha and Rishav Das hitting enterprising half-centuries with Sarupam narrowly missing out on a well-deserved century. While Sarupam blazed away with an 87-ball 95, hitting 10 boundaries and a six, Rooy hit a brilliant 78 off 63 balls as the dup forged a century stand for the fifth wicket. However, their efforts went in vain as Maharashtra’s strike bowlers S Hangargekar and Md Ingale joined hands to pack off the well-set batsmen and helped Maharashtra set a final date with Saurashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 final.
Saurashtra enters final, beats Karnataka by five wickets: The Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra have come out all guns blazing as it decimated Karnataka by five wickets to enter the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Jay Gohli led the chase with an assured half-century as Saurashtra after bowling out Karnataka for 171, chased down the target in 36.2 overs. It will now face either Maharashtra or Assam in the final.
Assam 294/6 vs Maharashtra: Saupam Pukayastha has turned the game on its head with an unbeaten 87 off just 80 balls and has kept Assam in the hunt. Chasing 351 runs to win, Sarupam along with Sibsankar Roy steered Assam but despite the fall of Roy, Sarupam is going strong and holds the key. Meanwhile, Ruturaj Gaikwad has to do some smart bowling changes and hope his bowlers pick wickets.
Assam 239/5 vs Maharashtra: Md Ingale returns into the attack and he gets the prized scalp of Sibsankar Roy, who falls for a well-made 63-ball 78 and Maharashtra breaks the 133-run stand between Roy and Sarupam Purkayastha, who has scored a half-century. Maharashtra slightly ahead at this stage as Assam still requires 109 runs.
Assam 200/4 vs Maharashtra: Sibsankar Roy has hit a fluent half-century and has forged an unbeaten century stand with Sarupam Purkayastha but Maharashtra still in control of the match. However, the Maharashtra bowlers will like to break the stand and make further inroads as Assam needs another 134 runs to win with 17 overs still to go.
Saurashtra 128/3 vs Karnataka: After Samarth Vyas and Jay Gohil forged a match-winning 75-run stand for the third wicket, Prerak Mankad and Gohil are involved in an unbeaten half-century partnership with Saurashtra now needing 44 runs to win the contest and enter the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Assam 156/4 vs Maharashtra: At halfway stage, Assam is 157/4 and none of the batsmen who are getting starts are converting into big ones as Maharashtra is chipping away, knowing that it has got one foot in the final. Assam needs 188 runs with six wickets remaining.
Saurashtra 67/2 vs Karnataka: Saurashtra needs just another 105 runs to win and Jay Gohil along with Samarth Vyas have forged an unbeaten 72-run stand to almost take the match away from Karnataka.
Assam 105/3 vs Maharashtra: The very talented Riyan Parag falls as Assam finds itself three down in chase of 351 for a place in the final. R Hangargekar picked two wickets after Md Ingale dismissed Rahul Hazarika early. Rishav Das hit a half-century but M Kazi dismissed the batsman to put Maharashtra ahead.
Saurashtra 24/2 vs Karnataka: Vidwath Kaverappa and V Koushik have provided a bright start for Karnataka by packing off openers Harvik Desai and Sheldon Jackson. Saurashtra was 0/2 at one stage but Jay Gohil and Samarth Vyas have forged a stand and the duo is busy blunting the new-ball attack. Karnataka needs wickets in cluster defending 171 and Saurashtra one good partnership from taking the hame away.
Assam 16/1 vs Maharashtra: Early setback for Assam as it lost opener Rahul Hazarika who was trapped by Md Ingale and that’s the kind of start Maharashtra were looking for after posting a mammoth total of 350/7 on board. Skipper Kunal Saikia along with Rishav Das are out in the middle for Assam and the skipper needs to bat like his Maharashtra counterpart to gun down the tall total.
Karnataka 171 all out vs Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat picked a four-wicket haul and Prerak Mankad picked two as Saurashtra bowled out Karnataka for 171 in 49.1 overs. Opener R Samarth was the lone batsman to score a fighting 88 off 135 balls with four boundaries and a six as the rest failed to fire after Saurashtra inserted Karnataka to bat first in the semifinal. Unadkat with a double burst rocked Karnataka along with Mankad as the top order was back in the hut cheaply. With a good batting line-up, Saurashtra will back itself to cross the line and enter the final.
Maharashtra 350/7 vs Assam: Maharashtra rode on centuries from Ankit Bawane and skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad to post a mammoth score of 350/7 against Assam in the semifinal in Ahmedabad. While Ruturaj hammered a brilliant 168 off 126 balls with 18 boundaries and ix sixes, Bawane hit a brilliant 109 off 89 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Bawane and Ruturaj forged a brilliant 207-run stand for the third wicket and set Assam a huge total to qualify for the final.
Karnataka 135/7 vs Saurashtra: R Samarth is fighting a lone battle with a half-century and is lacking support from the other end as Karnataka finds itself in trouble having lost seven wickets. Krishnappa Gowtham was the last recognised batsman and the all-rounder failed to create an impact. With eight more overs, Saurashtra has the chance to bowl out Karnata for a low total in the semifinal.
Maharashtra 309/3 vs Assam: That’s the end of Ruturaj Gaikwad but what a knock this has been. The Maharashtra skipper hammered a brilliant 168 off just 126 balls with 18 boundaries and six sixes to put Maharashtra in a commanding position. Ruturaj along with Ankit Bawne has forged a sensational 207-run stand off just 140 balls as the 300 is up for Maharashtra. With five more overs to go, Maharashtra can well cross the 350-run mark.
Maharashtra 290/2 vs Assam: What a form Ruturaj Gaikwad is in as the Maharashtra skipper follows his double century with yet another tall score as he has crossed the 150-run mark and the partnership is worth 190 off just 130 balls with Maharashtra riding on Ruturaj’s 150 and en route to posting a massive total on board.
Maharashtra 224/2 vs Assam: The partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ankit Bawne is 129 off 108 balls with the skipper approaching his 150 while Bawne is nearing his half-century. the two set batsmen are ready for the final assault with the run-rate just touching six rpo. With wickets in hand, Maharashtra has the licence to go for the kill and Ruturaj has a chance to hit yet another double century.
Karnataka 114/5 vs Saurashtra: R Samarth has hit a patient half-century and has resisted the Saurashtra attack along with Manoj Bhandage but runs are coming hard even after 34 overs. This partnership holds the key to propel Karnataka to some sort of respectable total.
Karnataka 87/5 vs Saurashtra: Shreyas Gopal falls as Karnataka loses half of its side with not even 100 runs on the board and the run-rate is just 2.8 rpo. The Mayank Agarwal-led side lost the toss and lost wickets early but none of the top-order batsmen could play counter-attacking innings to lift the team. A relentless Saurashtra attack in pursuit of bowling out Karnataka cheaply.
Maharashtra 179/2 vs Assam: Ruturaj Gaikwad is in such sublime form as the Maharashtra skipper hits a brilliant century off 89 balls and with that brings up his third century in the tournament including a double ton against Uttar Pradesh. That’s a splendid performance as Ruturaj reached his century with 11 boundaries and three sixes at a strike-rate of 115.12. Wonderful knock and he will be gunning for a bog one with Maharashtra cruising at this stage.
Maharashtra 156/2 vs Assam: Ruturaj Gaikwad has swiftly changed gears and is in touching distance of scoring his century as the partnership is worth 61 off 49 balls and Ankit Bawne is in good nick and Maharashtra is en route to posting a massive score.
Maharashtra 112/2 vs Assam: Satyajeet Bachhav falls and Avinov Choudhury breaks the stand. However, Ruturaj, having crossed his half-century is going strong, dominating the bowling and taking Maharashtra ahead. Ankit Bawne joins his skipper with Riyan Parag being introduced into the attack. Assam needs wickets to put brakes on the Maharashtra batting.
Karnataka 48/4 vs Saurashtra: Prerak Mankad strikes and his double strike has put Karnataka in the doldrums as the experienced Manish Pandey departs for a duck before the in-form Nikin Jose dell to a rash shot. Nikin chased a wide delivery, trying to score a boundary but only got an outside edge as the ball nestled safely in the hands of the keeper and then Pandey hit an inswinger from Mankad straight into the hands of Samarth Vyas at mid-on. Saurashtra on top as it’s been 57 deliveries since Karnataka has scored a boundary.
Maharashtra 94/1 vs Assam: Ruturaj Gaikwad hits a fine unbeaten half-century in 56 balls with eight hits to the fence and drives Maharashtra ahead. Gaikwad along with Satyajeet Bachhav has forged an unbeaten 67-stand off 78 balls to put Assam on the backfoot. Gaikwad is looking in fabulous touch and will eye to score big in the semifinal.
Karnataka 29/2 vs Saurashtra: The in-form Nikin Jose is in the middle along with R Samarth and it’s important from Karnataka’s point of view that the pair forges a stand and stabilise things after Unadkat’s early burst helped Saurashtra make early inroads. Prerak Mankad and Chirag Jani are operating with conditions favouring the bowling side, with the ball moving around. Both batsmen have to apply themselves in testing conditions and they are under some serious pressure with Saurashtra appealing often and keeping the batsmen on their toes.
Maharashtra 50/1 vs Assam: Ruturaj Gaikwad is in his zone as the Maharashtra skipper is leading from the front and forging a partnership with S Bachhav after the early fall of Rahul Tripathi. Ruturaj had just scored a brilliant double hundred and hit seven sixes in an over to help Maharashtra qualify for the semifinal and the skipper will look to carry on his fine form and score a big one against Assam.
Karnataka 19/2 vs Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat is breathing fire and what a spell this has been from the Saurashtra skipper. Unadkat picks his second wicket (5-1-9-2) but thanks to a one-handed spectacular catch by Prerak Mankad, who dived to his right at third slip to take a blinder to remove BR Sharath. Unadkat making most of the conditions comes round the wicket and squares up Sharath as the ball takes an outside edge, Mankad goes flying to his right and Saurashtra calling the shots at this moment.The run-rate is just 2 rpo and 10 overs have gone. Saurashtra has strangled Karnataka.
Karnataka 18/1 vs Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat strikes and he removes Mayank Agarwal as the Karnakata skipper’s poor form continues. Mayank’s vulnerable stay at the wicket comes to an end as the skipper made just one run off 11 balls and Saurashtra has an early breakthrough. Playing away from his body, Mayank only managed to give a catch to first slip and Sheldon Jackson makes no mistake. There is a hint of swing and the Saurashtra bowlers are making the batsmen hop and jump attacking for wickets. B Sharath joins Samarth.
Maharashtra 21/0 vs Assam: Fresh from a world record seven sixes, Maharashtra skipper Rituraj Gaikwad has given his team a good start, smacking four boundaries and along with Rahul Tripathi has pushed Assam on the backfoot. Assam needs to make early inroads, else they will be chasing leather as the day progresses.
Karnataka 8/0 vs Saurashtra: R Samarth and Mayank Agarwal have given Karnataka a fine start and it’s important the skipper plays a long innings and the semifinal presents Mayank a perfect opportunity to make a statement. The vastly experiened Jaydev Unadkat is operating with the new ball for Saurashtra along with KD Patel.
Saurashtra opts to bowl first against Karnataka in the first semifinal.
Saurashtra Playing XI: Harvik Desai(w), Sheldon Jackson, Jay Gohil, Samarth Vyas, Arpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Kushang Patel, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Parth Bhut
Karnataka Playing XI: Ravikumar Samarth, Mayank Agarwal(c), Nikin Jose, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Gopal, Sharath BR(w), Manoj Bhandage, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ronit More, Vasuki Koushik, Vidhwath Kaverappa
Assam opts to bowl first against Maharashtra in the second semifinal
Maharashtra Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rahul Tripathi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Saurabh Navale(w), Kaushal Tambe, Shamshuzama Kazi, Manoj Ingale, Mukesh Choudhary, Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Assam Playing XI: Kunal Saikia(w/c), Rahul Hazarika, Rishav Das, Riyan Parag, Saahil Jain, Swarupam Purkayastha, Sibsankar Roy, Rajjakuddin Ahmed, Mukhtar Hussain, Avinov Choudhury, Mrinmoy Dutta
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The Karnataka and Saurashtra match will be telecast live on Star Sports.
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The Karnataka vs Saurashtra semifinal match will be live-streamed on Disney Plus Hotstar.
Saurashtra Squad: Harvik Desai(w), Sheldon Jackson, Jay Gohil, Samarth Vyas, Arpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Parth Bhut, Chetan Sakariya, Navneet Vora, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Yuvraj Chudasama, Kushang Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara
Karnataka Squad: Ravikumar Samarth, Mayank Agarwal(c), Nikin Jose, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Gopal, Sharath BR(w), Manoj Bhandage, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ronit More, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Vasuki Koushik, Abhinav Manohar, Nihal Ullal, Muralidhara Venkatesh, Jagadeesha Suchith
Assam Squad: Kunal Saikia(w/c), Rahul Hazarika, Rishav Das, Riyan Parag, Saahil Jain, Swarupam Purkayastha, Sibsankar Roy, Rajjakuddin Ahmed, Mukhtar Hussain, Sunil Lachit, Avinov Choudhury, Subham Mandal, Amlanjyoti Paresh Das, Abhishek Thakuri, Mrinmoy Dutta
Maharashtra Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rahul Tripathi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Divyang Hinganekar, Saurabh Navale(w), Shamshuzama Kazi, Manoj Ingale, Mukesh Choudhary, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Taranjitsingh Dhillon, Kaushal Tambe, Vicky Ostwal, Pavan Shah, Nikit Dhumal, Kedar Jadhav