Vijay Hazare Trophy: Delhi beats Jharkhand to reach final

Pawan Negi and Navdeep Saini stitched a 51-run stand for the ninth wicket to guide Delhi home in the nail-biter.

Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi takes on Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare semifinal.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-18 semifinal between Delhi and Jharkhand at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


17.20 Negi scores the winning runs. Delhi beats Jharkhand by two wickets, to meet Mumbai in the final.

17.19 SCORES LEVEL! Delhi needs one off three. Brilliant batting by Negi and Saini.

17.14 CHANCE! Stumping chance. Kishan looks confident. But Saini put one foot in at the right second to survive. Delhi needs three off six.

17.13 WIDE! Rathour looks under pressure. Kishan should have bowled Roy instead.

17.10 Off-spinner Rathour has been handed the all important 49th over. Delhi needs seven off 10.

17.07 Short ball! Another dot. Saini reacts late but he didn't have to move as the ball flew past his head. Saini survives. Saini and Negi have added 42 runs off 67 balls for the ninth wicket.

Delhi 191-8 (48)

17.06 Aaron makes it up bowling two dots.

17.01 WIDE! Not the right delivery to bowl now. Jharkhand has conceded 25 extras in the game today.

17.00 Delhi needs 11 more runs off the last three overs. Aaron will be bowling his last over. His experience will be handy at the moment.

16.58 Earlier in the day, Saini picked up four wickets. He has a chance to become an all-round hero here. Nadeem starts his last over.

FOUR! Saini finds an important boundary. Delhi looks confident now.

P Negi 31 (40) N Saini 12 (30)

16.56 Four dot balls from Roy. WIDE! Only one run off it so far. Jharkhand needs another tight over to get back into the game. A single off the last over means Saini will be on strike in the 47th over.

Delhi 183-8 (46)

16.49 Negi slashes Jaskaran for FOUR! Kishan looks flustered. Delhi needs 21 off 36 now. The pressure is on Jharkhand, but one wicket can change the proceedings.

16.46 CLOSE! There was no run, Saini sent back. Roy hits the stumps from point but Saini makes his ground.

16.42 Aaron is in. He is clocking near 140 kmph and attacking the stumps. Saini tries to steal a single but slips, but he has done well to survive Aaron so far.

16.37 Field change: Six inside the ring. Kishan gets a man in the catching position to attack Saini. It is perhaps the right time to unleash Aaron on Delhi.

Delhi 170-8 (42)

16.32 Are the tables turning? Delhi needs only 35 off 52 now. Seamer Jaskaran Singh has replaced Roy.There are four overs remaining between the quicks and skipper Kishan needs to play his cards well. Aaron — who dismissed Chand in his first spell — has two more overs.

16.28 SIX! The fielder misjudged the hit. Nadeem looks upset. Negi's intentions are clear.

BYES and FOUR! Well, actually five. Nadeem must have thought of a stumping opportunity as he pitched it down leg.

Delhi 164-8 (40)

16.24 Negi is definitely an able player to guide Delhi through in such a situation. Remember 2016 IPL auctions? The all-rounder was picked for Rs 8.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils. He couldn't shine in the IPL but his List A strike rate is 96.92.

16.19 WICKET! Roy throws a straighter one, keeps low, hits Lalit's pads and kisses the stumps.

Lalit Yadav b Roy 4 (20)

Delhi 149-8 (37.5)

Navdeep Saini is the new man in.

16.18 FOUR! Welcome boundary. Negi waited to get under the ball. It was not timed perfectly, but the placement was smooth. Anukul Roy has a job at hand here, after Nadeem's exceptional spell.

16.12 Jharkhand needs 56 off 84 balls, but it only has three wickets in hand. At the moment, Pawan Negi and Lalit Yadav are trying to play out Nadeem. It is an ideal opportunity for the youngsters in the side to step up.

15:57 Nadeem traps Suboth Bhati in front and Jharkhand's all over Delhi at the moment. Delhi 133/7, after 32.2 overs

15:54 Another one bites the dust and Jharkhand can smell victory now! Aaron gets rid of Pranshu Vijayran, who offers a simple catch to Ishan Kishan behind the stumps. Delhi 133/6, after 32 overs.

15:37 Nitish Rana becomes the fifth wicket to fall, caught behind for 39, off the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem. Delhi needs 77 more runs to win, 128 balls left.

15:00 Himmat Singh is stumped off the bowling of Anand Singh, falls for 2. Delhi reduced to 87/4, needs 113 more runs from 182 balls.

14:55 Gautam Gambhir becomes Anand Singh's second wicket after an uncharacteristic stay in the middle. He is out for 27 off 48 balls and Delhi loses its third wicket. Currently, 86/3, it needs 114 more runs from 185 balls.

14:24 Delhi moves to 58/2 after 12 overs. Varun Aaron and Jaskaran Singh in operation for Jharkhand, the former extracting disconcerting bounce off the surface, one such delivery had Nitish Rana fending to third man, evading the fielder at first slip. Here's a copy of Varun Aaron saying that he brings '150kmph to the table'.

14:10 Dhruv Shorey is out for 15, caught behind off the bowling of Anand Singh. Delhi 51/2 in the 10th over. Nitish Rana joins Gautam Gambhir in the middle.

13:53 Delhi is 35/1 after seven overs. Dhruv Shorey has joined Gautam Gambhir at the fall of Unmukt Chand's wicket. Varun Aaron and Jaskaran Singh in operation for Jharkhand.

13:32 Rahul Shukla pulls his right hamstring on his run-up for the first delivery of the fourth over. He has walked off the field and left-arm seamer Jaskaran Singh will bowl the fourth over.

13:29 Delhi loses its first wicket with the score on 20. Unmukt Chand is out for 17, caught at point from an uppish square drive off the bowling of Varun Aaron.

13:20 Unmukt Chand and Gautam Gambhir begin Delhi's chase of 200. The first over, bowled by Varun Aaron, produces nine runs.

12:45 ALL OUT! Virat Singh is the last man to be dismissed, Jharkhand folds up for 199 in 48.5 overs. From 85/6, Jharkhand staged a strong fightback to take itself close to 200, which is the target for Delhi to reach the final!

12:39 OUT! Rahul Shukla is out for 11, skying a Navdeep Saini delivery and being caught at cover by Himmat Singh. Not before he added 44 runs in partnership with Virat Singh to lift Jharkhand to 194 in the 48th over.

12:32 Jharkhand's recovery continues and looks set to take it to a total of about 200, it is now 182/8 after 46 overs. Virat Singh is batting on 54 and Rahul Shukla is giving him company on 11.

12:12 Jharkhand is 150/8 in the 43rd over, Varun Aaron is the latest batsman to be dismissed, caught behind off the bowling of Pranshu Vijayran.

12:01 Shahbaz Nadeem is bowled for 29 by the part-time off-spin of Nitish Rana. Jharkhand is 140/7 in the 40th over. The partnership between Nadeem and Virat Singh added 55 runs for the seventh wicket.

11:45am Virat Singh and Shahbaz Nadeem have put on an unbeaten 33-run partnership for the seventh wicket, taking Jharkhand to 118/6 after 35 overs. Gambhir has brought back Navdeep Saini in search of a breakthrough.

11:14am OUT! Anukul Roy holds out at sweeper cover off Pranshu Vijayran, out for 6, Jharkhand 85/6 in the 28th over.

10:58am OUT! Jharkhand loses its fifth, Anand Singh is out for 36, also caught behind off the Kulwant Khjroliya. Jharkhand reduced to 74/5 in the 25th over.

10:37am Jharkhand is 55/4 after 20 overs. Anand Singh and Virat Singh trying to resurrect the innings, while Subodh Bhati continues to peg away.

10:16am OUT! In the first over after drinks, Navdeep Saini picks up the fourth wicket of the innings, having Kumar Deobrat caught behind for 3. Jharkhand 41/4 in the 16th over. Virat Singh is the new batsman in.

10:14am The Jharkhand innings has gone nowhere: it is 41/3 after 15 overs, with Anand Singh holding fort. He is batting on 19 and has Kumar Deobrat for company.

9:56am OUT! Navdeep Saini squares up Saurabh Tiwary with an outswinger and catches the outside edge of the bat. Tiwary out for 6 off 11 balls, Jhardkhan 35/3 in the 12th over.

9.50am Jharkhand manages only 30 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay (1 to 10 overs). Saurabh Tiwary and Anand Singh have a big job in their hands, to resurrect the innings after an undesirable start.

9:38am OUT! Shasheem Rathour is out for 5, caught at cover trying to break the shackles (having been tied down for 15 balls) off the bowling of Kulwant Khejroliya. Jharkhand 29/2 after eight overs. Saurabh Tiwary has walked in to bat.

9:29am Anand Singh, in partnership with Shasheem Rathour, has steadied the Jharkhand innings. Jharkhand is 24/1 after six overs, having lost its captain on the fourth ball of its innings.

9:04am Navdeep Saini has, in the very first over, made so much happen by pitching the ball up on a green pitch and, with a bit of movement, found the outside edge of Ishan Kishan's bat, dismissing him for a second-ball duck. Jharkhand is 5/1 after the first over.

Toss update: Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi captain, has won the toss and elected to field first.

Delhi playing XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Unmukt Chand (wk), Dhruv Shorey, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Lalit Yadav, Pranshu Vijayran, Subodh Bhati, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Navdeep Saini

Jharkhand playing XI: Ishant Kishan (c & wk), Anand Singh, Virat Singh, Shasheem, Kumar Deobrat, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Anukul Roy, Jaskaran Singh, Rahul Shukla, Varun Aaron