Vijay Hazare Trophy Semifinals: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu to meet in final- As it happened

Karnataka rode on Devdutt Padikkal and K.L. Rahul's brilliance to overcome Chhattisgarh, while Shahrukh Khan's gritty fifty saw Tamil Nadu beat Gujarat.

R Ashwin provided an early breakthrough for Tamil Nadu. (File Photo)   -  Vijay Soneji

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's  coverage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinals between Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat.

Until then, from everyone here at Sportstar, it's goodbye.

We will see you again on Friday for the grand finale at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium.

That's all we have for today. Thank you so much for joining us.

 

Semifinals Results:

Karnataka 229/1 (40 overs) beat Chhattisgarh 223/10 (49.4 overs).

Tamil Nadu 181/5 (39/40 overs) beat Gujarat 177/9 (40/40 overs).

 

Karnataka will go into the final with better confidence after a comprehensive win over Chhattisgarh. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu surived a scare after a top-order collapse, but thanks to Dinesh Karthik, Shahrukh Khan and Washington Sundar, the team was able to edge past a resilient Gujarat in a thriller.

There we have it. The two finalists of the 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, will square off at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday in the summit clash.

 

 

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: TAMIL NADU WINS! Shahrukh Khan and Washington Sundar held their nerves under tremendous pressure exceptionally well to help Tamil Nadu seal its berth in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final. The two batsman put up 85 runs for the sixth wicket and bailed their team out of trouble.  Shahrukh sealed the victory with a six and remained unbeaten on 56, while Sundar walked back not-out on 27.

 

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Tamil Nadu 135/3 in 33 overs, still requiring 43 runs in 42 balls to qualify for the finals.

 

So, we have our first finalist in Karnataka. What a commanding way to march into the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Who will Manish Pandey's men face in the final? In-form Tamil Nadu, which is currently struggling, or Parthiv Patel's Gujarat?

 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: KARNATAKA MAKES FINAL WITH A THUMPING NINE-WICKET WIN! K.L. Rahul remains unbeaten on 88 off 111 balls and Mayank Agarwal walks back not-out on 47 off just 33 balls Karnataka beats Chhattisgarh by nine wickets to qualify for the final. Devdutt Padikkal, earlier, gave his team a good start with Raul by scoring 92 runs.

 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Nearing victory! K.L. Rahul is currently unbeaten on 75 and Mayank Agarwal on 40 as Karnataka is cruising at 197/1 after 38 overs, requiring just 27 runs from 12 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: 56 from 54! Tamil Nadu is currently 122/5 after 31 overs, and requires 56 from 54 balls. Washington Sundar is not-out on 11, while Shahrukh Khan is not-out on 15. 

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: TAMIL NADU IN TROUBLE! Dinesh Karthik is dismissed on 47 by by Jayveer Parmar and Vijay Shankar is sent packing on six as Tamil Nadu loses its fifth wicket. Tamil Nadu 99/5 after 26 overs, needing 79 runs in 84 balls.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: MISSED BY A WHISKER! Devdutt Padikkal falls for 92, just eight shy of a well-deserved century Ajay Mandal castles the opening batsman. KL Rahul is joined by Mayank Agarwal.  Karnataka is 155/1 after 31 overs, needing 69 runs from 19 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: BREAKTHROUGH! Karan Patel gets rid of Abhinav Mukund for 32 as the 45-run stand between Karthik and Mukund comes to an end. Karthik, who is nearing his fifty, is joined by Vijay Shankar in the centre. Tamil Nadu 93/3 after 23 overs, needing 85 runs from the last 17 overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: KARNATAKA CRUISING! Now, K.L. Rahul brings up his half-century as the opening stand now goes up to 132. Karnataka 132/0 after 27 overs, needing 92 runs in 23 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: After losing two quick wickets, Tamil Nadu has restored stability through Abhinav Mukund and Dinesh Karthik, who have put up a 32-run stand so far. Tamil Nadu 57/2 after 18 overs, needing 121 runs off 22 overs. 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: 100-RUN STAND! K.L. Rahul (39*) and Devdutt Padikkal (57*) have stitched a 100-run opening standing. Karnataka 107/24 after overs, needing 117 runs off 26 overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: FIFTY UP WITH A SIX! Devdutt Padikkal brings up his half-century off 63 balls. He has hit five boundaries and a six at a healthy strike-rate of 80+. Karnataka 94/0 after 22 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: TWO DOWN! Axar Patel picks up his first wicket in the form of Baba Aparajith, who is caught behind by Parthiv Patel on six. Tamil Nadu 28/2 after nine overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: VIJAY GONE! Gujarat's Chintan Gaja cleans Murali Vijay for four runs as Tamil Nadu lose an early wicket. Baba Aparajith joins Abhinav Mukund. Tamil Nadu 4/1 after 2.3 overs.

 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Openers KL Rahul and Padikkal have started steady in the second innings. Karnataka 26/0 after seven overs. Rahul has hit three boundaries is currently not-out on 17, while Devdutt is currently unbeaten on nine.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: END OF 1ST INNINGS: Gujarat ends the first innings on 117/9 in 40 overs, setting TN a target of 178. Dhruv Raval was the top-scorer for Gujarat with a 37-ball 40, while M. Mohammed was the pick of the bowlers for Tamil Nadu with three wickets.

 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: START OF SECOND INNINGS: K.L. Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal walk out to the centre to open the innings. Puneet Datey will open the bowling for Karnataka. Karnataka needs 224 runs to win  in 50 overs.

 

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Last five to go! Axar Patel is still in the middle for Gujarat as the first heads into the final five overs. Roosh Kalaria was sent packing on a duck by Aparajith in the 32nd over. Gujarat 149/8 in 35 overs.

 

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: RUN-OUT! Piyush Chawla calls for a quick single but Aparajith was up to the task as he charges in quickly from mid-wicket with a direct hit. Gujarat 133/7 in 31 overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: END OF 1ST INNINGS: V. Koushik picks up his fourth wicket in the form of Pankaj Rao as Chhattisgarh is bowled out for 223 in 49.4 overs. In the previous over Mithun dismissed Ruikar on 40.

 

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Khare gone for 78! Amandeep Khare departs for 78 as he fails to clear a full toss outside off from Abhimanyu Mithun. He took the aerial route, but ended up getting caught by Manish Pandey at long-off. Chhattisgarh 202/8 after 47 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Third wicket for Mohammed! Karan Patel's short stay at the crease comes to an end on 4 as he is caught behind by Karthik off Mohammed.  Gujarat, 102/6 after 22 overs. Piyush Chawla is the new man in for Gujarat while R. Ashwin is brought back into the attack.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Khare with a flurry of boundaries. Last six overs to go and Amandeep Khare has decided to take the charge to the Karnataka bowlers. He smashed Ronit More for three boundaries in the same over as he moves into the 70s. Sumit, on the other end, is playing an able hand. Chhattisgarh 188/7 after 45 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Mohammed at it again! Tamil Nadu bowlers simply aren't letting Gujarat batsmen settle down by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Manpreet Juneja is caught by Washington Sundar, who does well to take a low catch at covers. Second wicket for Mohammed. After 20 overs in a 40-over game, Gujarat is 97/5. Axar Patel, not-out on 6, is joined by Karan Patel.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: WICKET ON FIRST BALL! M Mohammed strikes on the first ball of the match by dismissing Dhruv Raval, who set on 40 off 37 balls. Gujarat, 82/4 after 16 overs, is in deep waters now.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: SEVEN DOWN! K. Gowtham picks up his second wicket after Vishal Kushwah tried to slog a quicker one from the spinner to the on side, but ended up hitting it straight to Praveen Dubey at square leg. Chhattisgarh 149/6 after 38 overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: FIFTY! Amandeep Khare brings his up his 50 off just 73 balls soon after Krishnappa Gowtham removed Ajay Mandal for 26. Vishal Singh is the new man to the crease. Chhattisgarh 147/6 after 37 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Bhargav Merai and Dhruv Raval have managed to forge a partnership after the early loss of openers. The duo bring up the team's fifty in 10 overs. Gujarat 55/2 after 10.2 overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Praveen Dubey picks his second wicket to leave Chhattisgarh five down. Karnataka isn't allowing the opposition to gain any sort of momentum. Chhattisgarh 100/5 after 28 overs.

Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat: Spinners R. Ashwin and Washington Sundar strike early as they remove Gujarat openers Priyank Panchal and Parthiv Patel early. Gujarat 16/2

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Big wicket as Chhattisgarh skipper Harpreet Singh departs. It was a loose shot from Harpreet as he goes for a slog, misses the ball completely to be bowled. Leg spinner Praveen Dubey is pumped up.  Chhattisgarh 79/4 after 24 overs.

Toss: Tamil Nadu won the toss and opt to field.

Playing XI:

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (C/WK), Priyank Panchal, Dhruv Raval, Bhargav Merai, Manprit Juneja, Axar Patel, Karan Patel, Piyush Chawla, Roosh Kalaria, Chintan Gaja, Jayveer Parmar

Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Shahrukh Khan, Murugan Ashwin, M Mohammed, T Natarajan

Update from Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat match: Toss at 10:30 AM and the match will start at 10:45 AM. It will be a 40-over semifinal.

Amandeep Khare and Harpreet Singh are trying to rebuild the innings but Karnataka is keeping things tight.

WICKET - V. Koushik in business again and he picks his third wicket to put Karnataka on top. Ashutosh goes fishing outside the off and gets a feather as KL Rahul does the rest. Chhattisgarh 35/3 after 11 overs.

Skipper Harpreet Singh Bhatia is the new man in

WICKET - V Koushik picks his second wicket and he is rewarded for bowling a consistent line. This time Koushik draws Jiwanjot Singh to go for a drive, the ball takes the outside edge and Mayanak Agarwal at second slip swallows it with delight. It's the movement that Koushik has been able to extract. Chhattisgarh 19/2 in 6.4 overs.

Our correspondent N. Sudarshan with an update

 

WICKET - V Koushik strikes to give Karnataka an early breakthrough. Length delivery, Shashank Singh flirts with his bat around the off-stump and only manages to get an edge as KL Rahul pouches an easy catch behind the stumps. Chhattisgarh 1/1.

Toss: Karnataka has won the toss and opted to field.

Playing XI:

Chhattisgarh: Jiwanjot Singh, Ashutosh Singh, Harpreet Singh(c), Amandeep Khare, Shashank Singh, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Pankaj Kumar Rao, Vishal Kushwah, Lavin Coster(w), Sumit Ruikar, Puneet Datey

Karnataka: Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul(w), Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey(c), Karun Nair, Rohan Kadam, Praveen Dubey, Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhimanyu Mithun, V Koushik, Ronit More

Toss: Wet outfield delays start of Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat match.

Stay tuned as we bring you the toss in a while.

Preview by our correspondent Ashwin Achal

 

The arrival of Test cricketers R. Ashwin and Mayank Agarwal adds excitement to the Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinals, which will be held here on Wednesday. Off-spinner Ashwin joins Tamil Nadu to take on Gujarat at Just Cricket Ground, and opening batsman Mayank joins his Karnataka mates in their M. Chinnaswamy Stadium outing against Chhattisgarh.

Both Ashwin and Mayank are in good form, shining through in the recent home South Africa Test series. Ashwin finished with 15 wickets — the highest for the series — and Mayank underlined his international class with scores of 215 and 108.

Even without the inclusion of Ashwin and Mayank, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka would have started as favourites. Tamil Nadu handed Gujarat its only defeat in Group ‘C’, while a sparkling unbeaten 142 from skipper Manish Pandey powered Karnataka to a 79-run over Chhattisgarh in Group ‘A’.

‘Happy’

In this high-stake knockout round, however, past results count for little. Gujarat's Priyank Panchal, who alongside opening partner and captain Parthiv Patel laid the platform for his team’s six-wicket win over Delhi in the quarterfinal on Sunday, said, “I am very much happy with the team’s performance. From the league stage to now, we have won nine out of 10 matches. We’re looking forward to the semifinals, and hopefully we will make the final.”

The Tamil Nadu-Gujarat match, meanwhile, is likely to be affected by rain. Heavy rains have pounded the city in recent days and with more showers predicted, to go with inadequate drainage at Just Cricket Ground, the outing could turn out to be a non-starter. In the event of no result, Tamil Nadu will progress to the final on the basis of having registered one win more than Gujarat in the group stage.

Squads:

Chhattisgarh: Jiwanjot Singh, Shashank Chandraker, Ashutosh Singh, Harpreet Singh(c), Amandeep Khare, Shashank Singh, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Pankaj Kumar Rao, Lavin Coster(w), Sumit Ruikar, Puneet Datey, Manoj Singh, Veer Pratap Singh, Rishabh Tiwari, Shakeeb Ahmed, Shubham Singh

Karnataka: Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Rohan Kadam, Manish Pandey(c), Karun Nair, Praveen Dubey, Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, V Koushik, Prasidh Krishna, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Pavan Deshpande, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ronit More, Srinivas Sharath, Sharath BR

Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Washington Sundar, Shahrukh Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, T Natarajan, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Jagatheesan Kousik, M Mohammed, Abhishek Tanwar, M Siddharth

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel(w/c), Priyank Panchal, Dhruv Raval, Bhargav Merai, Manprit Juneja, Axar Patel, Karan Patel, Piyush Chawla, Roosh Kalaria, Chintan Gaja, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Rujul Bhatt, Hardik Patel, Kathan Patel, Tejas Patel, Ripal Patel, Manan Hingrajia

Semifinals line-ups

  • At Just Cricket Ground, Bengaluru: Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat, October 23, 09.00 am.
  • At M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh, October 23, 09.00 am.a