As it happened: Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai beats Hyderabad, advances to final

Mumbai received a big boost with the addition of Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw.

Before leaving for the Test series against Windies, Shaw smashed 287 runs in three matches this season.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's periodic updates from the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-18 semifinal between Mumbai and Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat.

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We'll be back with Jharkhand vs Delhi, the other semifinal, tomorrow.

Mumbai beats Hyderabad (by VJD method) and progresses to the Vijay Hazare Trophy final.

The rain doesn't relent and the match is called off.

The VJD par score at the end of 25 overs is 95/2. Mumbai is now ahead by 60 runs. There is no cut-off time for restart as 25 overs have been completed. So in theory, the match can restart anytime before the scheduled close of play (5 pm).

With a run-rate of more than 6 runs an over, with just two wickets lost, Mumbai are comfortable even when it comes to the VJD method (yes, the Duckworth Lewis alternative).

3.18 pm: Right at the halfway mark, with Mumbai 155/2 in 25 overs, the rain comes pelting down. The groundsmen are quick with the covers. Let's hope it is a passing shower, although it is a pretty heavy shower at the moment!

3.12 pm: 50 for Shreyas Iyer. He has played 49 balls and the captain would love to finish it off for his team. Mumbai 149/2 in 24 overs, chasing 247.

3.07 pm: Shreyas Iyer on fire. He hits Akash Bhandari for a maximum over the cow corner and then follows it up with a boundary over third man. A ball later, Iyer smacks Bhandari for a six down the ground. 17 runs off the Bhandari over. Mumbai 144/2 after 23 overs.

3.03 pm: A mishit, ball beating the bat, a boundary screamed past the wicketkeeper and a light drizzle. It is all happening at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Mumbai 121/2 after 21 overs. Shreyas Iyer on 27 (36 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane on 12 (22 balls) in the middle.

2.53 pm: Iyer and Rahane are taking their time out, putting the bad balls away. The spinners are getting some turn and at the end of 19 overs, Mumbai 111/2.

2.43 pm: At the end of 16 overs, Mumbai 98/2. With the pitch offering assistance to the slower bowlers, it might just not be as easy as it seems to be for Mumbai. It has got off to a good start but it needs to consolidate.

2.33 pm: At the end of 13 overs, Mumbai 90/2, chasing 247.

Ajinkya Rahane joins Shreyas Iyer in the middle now.

2.27 pm: Oh oh oh! Mumbai is 2 down and Shaw departs. Mehdi Hasan, struck for a boundary, has the last laugh. He breaches Prithvi Shaw's defence and Mumbai loses its second wicket for 82. A fuller length ball and Shaw goes on to the backfoot and only manages to connect air as the ball hits the timber. Prithvi Shaw is out for 61 (44 balls, 8x4, 2x6).

2.26 pm: Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw is in his beast mode. Hasan pitches it short and Shaw goes on to the backfoot quickly and sends the ball to the midwicket fence. A top class pull shot!

2.18 pm: Mehdi Hasan strikes. Rohit Sharma's defence is breached and Hyderabad gets the first breakthrough. Rohit is out for 17 (24 balls), Mumbai 73/1 in 9.5 overs. Shreyas Iyer is the new man in.

2.15 pm: Shaw continues his golden run, smashes another half-century with two sixes and a four off Mohammed Siraj. Sixteen runs scored off the ninth over.

Mumbai 71-0 (9.0)

2.07 pm: After 7 overs, Mumbai 48-0.

P Shaw 35 (24) R Sharma 11 (18)

2.00 pm: DROPPED! Prithvi pulls Siraj, mistimes it, it was an easy catch but Ravi Kiran has dropped a sitter here. Prithvi moves to 32.

1.54 pm: Mumbai, as expected, had a great start. Prithvi is playing his natural game and Rohit, being the experienced customer, is guiding him well.

1.45 pm: At the end of 3 overs, Mumbai 23/0. 14 runs off the third over.

1.44 pm: Prithvi Shaw opens the sluice gates. He creams Akash Bhandari through midwicket, one through the covers and the third over deep midwicket for three boundaries. He is also been attended by the physio for a shoulder niggle.

1.37 pm: Mumbai makes a steady start, 9/0 in 2 overs, chasing 247.

1.30 pm: Big guns walking out! It will be Prithvi Shaw and Rohit Sharma to open the innings for Mumbai. Akash Bhandari, right-arm leg break, starts with the new ball for Hyderabad.

Mumbai has taken almost 4 hours to bowl 50 overs. We are slipping into a short break and we'll be back with Mumbai chasing 247 for a place in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final.

1.00 pm: Rohit Rayudu finishes the innings with a two. Hyderabad finishes its 50 overs on 246/8 with Rohit unbeaten on 121 (132 balls, 8x4, 4x6). The last 5 overs have fetched Hyderabad 50 runs and the last 10 96 runs! What a recovery by Hyderabad.

12.55 pm: Mehdi Hasan departs in the first ball of the 50th over, caught by Shreyas Iyer. But Rohit Rayudu has been in a different zone. He smacks Dhawal Kulkarni to deep backward point for four as Hyderabad inches towards the 250-run mark.

12.52pm: At the end of the 49th over, Hyderabad is 238/7. Rohit Rayudu pushes his team to a competitive total.

12.40 pm: 100 for Rohit Rayudu. What an innings from the southpaw. This is his third century at this level. And, it is the first 100 by a Hyderabad batsman in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Rohit Rayudu is on 100 (116 balls, 5x4, 4x6). Hyderabad 218/7 in 46.3 overs.

12.38 pm: Rohit Rayudu is dealing in sixes now. He moves on to 95. It is off Shivam Dubey and Rohit uses his power to send it over the bowler's head.

12.37 pm: Mehdi Hasan gets into the act now. He smashes Tushar Deshpande for a maximum. It was a slower one, Hasan picks it up without any fuss and it sails over the deep midwicket boundary. Hyderabad 207/7 in 46 overs.

12.31 pm: Hyderabad has milked 47 runs in the last 5 overs. How much can they get in the last 5 overs of the innings? Hyderabad 197/7 in 45 overs.

12.28 pm: Meanwhile, Rohit Rayudu is in a zone of his own. He smacks his third six, off Shivam Dubey this time, and moves on to 87 (111 balls, 4x4, 3x6). Hyderabad 190/7 in 44.2 overs.

Mehdi Hasan is the new man in.

12.21 pm: Royston Dias strikes! Akash Bhandari finds Suryakumar Yadav and he departs for 19 (30 balls, 2x4). Hyderabad loses its 7th wicket for 180.

12.18 pm: Rohit Rayudu takes on Shams Mulani. He gets into the zone and slams the ball straight over the bowler for six. Rohit is rightly accelerating. Akash Bhandari then follows up with a four in the third man region. Hyderabad 179/6 in 43 overs.

12.15 pm: Royston Dias and Rohit Rayudu. This is making an interesting battle. Dias errs, a shorter one, and Rohit pulls it with glee. The ball races to the midwicket fence and two balls later, Dhawal Kulkarni, drops one at long-off. Hyderabad 165/6 in 42 overs.

12.06 pm: Rohit is in the zone. A short one from Dias and the ball finds the midwicket boundary in a flash. He milks 13 off the over from Dias, Hyderabad 150/6 in 40 overs. Rohit Rayudu has moved to 64 off 100 balls.

12.03 pm: Rohit tries to shift gears and accelerate. Rightly so. He carts Royston Dias over the long-off fence. It was a tad slow and in the slot and Rohit just latches on to it in a flash.

11.59 am: 50 for Rohit Rayudu! It has come off 92 balls, with 2 boundaries. It has been a hard toil for the southpaw. Hyderabad crawls to 134-6 in 38 overs.

11.57 am: Rohit Rayudu is one shy of a half-century. He needs to carry on and carry Hyderabad on his shoulders, should it needs to get to a score of repute.

Quick trivia: Mumbai hasn't won the Vijay Hazare Trophy after the 2006-07 season.

11.50 am: At the end of 36 overs, Hyderabad stutters to 126-6. Rohit Rayudu (43 off 87 balls) must take charge now.

11.40 am: WICKET| Dubey joins the party. Hyderabad loses its sixth wicket. Milind is trapped in front, the fielders and the bowler all go up in choros. The umpire takes a look and raises the finger.

C Milind 10 (18) lbw b Dubey 4s

Hyderabad 123-6 (34.2) Akash Bhandari is the new man in.

11.30 am: Kulkarni is back. Iyer is playing the right cards. Rohit Rayudu is the wicket Mumbai needs at the moment.

Hyderabad 123-5 (34)

11.11 am: WICKET| Deshpande strikes for the third time.

K Sumanth c Tare b Deshpande 3 (16)

Hyderabad 102-5 (28)

11.07 am:  Iyer has brought back Deshpande to go for the kill. Mumbai will look to restrict Hyderabad within 200. Rohit Rayudu needs to stay till the end. Strangely, there has not been a maiden over but the Hyderabad batsmen have failed to steal singles.

10.50 am: Jharkhand will play Delhi in the second semifinal on Thursday. The Ishan Kishan-led side has been unbeaten so far. Gautam Gambhir has been phenomenal for Delhi. Gambhir’s solid 104 in the quarterfinal win over Haryana propelled him to third on the tournament's list of highest run-scorers.

WICKET! Dias gets rid of Ambati Rayudu. Rahane takes a fine catch.

A Rayudu c Rahane b Dias 11 (17) 4s 1

Hyderabad 93-4 (24)

10.33 am: Finally, the skipper is out in the middle. Hyderabad would need both the Rayudus to stick around to ensure a competitive total.

10.30 am: WICKET| First slip ploy works. Rohit Sharma takes a low catch off Mulani to dismiss Sandeep.

Sandeep c Rohit b Mulani 29 (33) 4s 3 6s 1

Hyderabad 76-3 (18.3)

10.21 am: Mumbai turns to spin after bowling four seamers. Shams Mulani, slow left-arm, comes into the attack. Oh! He also has a slip in place. Good move by Iyer. Mulani was also instrumental in Mumbai's destruction of Bihar in the quarterfinal. He claimed three wickets.

Quick trivia: This year, Vijay Hazare Trophy hosted 69 more games from the last season with nine new teams in the fray. It hosted 160 matches so far.

 

10.13 am: At the end of 15 overs, Hyderabad 65-2. Drinks break.

10.00 am: Sandeep has started to accelerate, while Rohit is playing anchor. Hyderabad must have a target in mind to stop the star-studded Mumbai batting line-up.

Hyderabad 56-2 (12); Sandeep 24 (18), R Rayudu 8 (17)

9.54 am: Rayudu has had an interesting year. After a terrific form in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, he was selected for the tour of England but dropped for not clearing the Yo-Yo cut-off. He was back for the Asia Cup, that India won in Dubai last month.

Shivam Dubey, righ-arm medium, starts his spell.

9.45 am: The Mumbai bowlers have been splendid this morning. Deshpande (4-0-19-2) has been ruthless. Kulkarni has been economical.

Royston Dias, another youngster, starts his spell. 

Quick trivia: Deshpande had picked four wickets on first-class debut in 2016-17 against Tamil Nadu.

 

9:40 am: Skipper Ambati Rayudu, a top order player, perhaps didn't want to disrupt the batting position of the side. He is likely to bat at No 5. The new batsmen on crease are B. Sandeep and Rohit Rayudu.

WICKET|Deshpande strikes again. Absolutely plumb. No doubt in the umpire's mind. Reddy has to walk back.

Akshath Reddy lbw b Deshpande 7 (19) 4s 1

Hyderabad 26/2 (7.0)

WICKET| Deshpande cleans up Agarwal. It was a fuller delivery aiming at the stumps. Agarwal went backfooot and succumbed to the pace.

Tanmay Agarwal b Deshpande 11 (18) 4s 2

Hyderabad 21/1

9.23 am: It is a special ocassion for Mumbai skipper Shreyas Iyer. He is captaining a side that has India's official Test vice-captain (Ajinkya Rahane), the stand-in captain in limited-overs (Rohit Sharma) and talk of the town, Prithvi Shaw, who recently had a terrific international debut against Windies at home.

Ashwin Achal, our correspondent from Bengaluru: No prizes for guessing who start as favourites.

 

9.10 am: Tushar Deshpande will share the new ball with Kulkarni. The 23-year-old Deshpande claimed a five-for in the quarterfinal against Bihar.

Another tight over, only a run. Agarwal and Reddy are taking time to settle down.

Hyderabad 2/0 (2.0)

9.05 am: The Chinnaswamy pitch is a batsman’s paradise, but there is a bit of grass. Dhawal Kulkarni to start proceedings for Mumbai. Hyderabad openers Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath Reddy are out in the middle.

Kulkarni finished a tight first over, conceding a run. Kulkarni has been a veteran for Mumbai, spearheading the bowling attack since 2008-09.

Hyderabad 1/0 (1.0)

8:50 am: Hyderabad wins the toss and elects to bat.

Mumbai (From): Akhil Herwadkar, Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare(w), Shreyas Iyer(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivam Dubey, Tushar Deshpande, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Jay Gokul Bista, Eknath Kerkar, Akash Parkar, Vijay Gohil, Royston Dias, Shardul Thakur

Hyderabad (From): Tanmay Agarwal, Akshath Reddy, Rohit Rayudu, Bavanaka Sandeep, Ambati Rayudu(c), Kolla Sumanth(w), Akash Bhandari, Chama V Milind, Mohammed Siraj, Mehdi Hasan, Ravi Kiran, Saaketh Sairam, Jaweed Ali, Mohammad Muddassir, Telukupalli Ravi Teja, Himalay Agarwal, Tanay Thyagarajan, Ashish Reddy