April 20, 2021

Gujarat, Andhra, Karnataka qualify for Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-finals

The league section for 3 of the Elite Teams within the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21 ended on Sunday, with Gujarat, Andhra and Karnataka topping Teams A, B and C.

The final spherical of the league section will happen on Monday, with the groups ending on high in Elite Teams D and E becoming a member of the opposite three group toppers as automated quarterfinal entrants.

The format for this 12 months’s event has the highest groups from every of the 5 Elite teams progressing to the quarterfinals. They are going to be joined by the 2 groups who end highest on factors amongst all the opposite Elite Group groups. The staff that finishes third on factors will play the Plate Group topper in a pre quarter-final, and the winner of that match would be the eighth quarter-finalist.

Sunday’s video games had been marked by a number of groups going exhausting to enhance their internet run-rates, with a view to qualifying.

Group A

Gujarat got here out triumphant in a top-of-table conflict in opposition to Baroda, sustaining a clear slate to complete on high of the group, whereas Baroda completed second. Dhruv Raval (102 off 129) and Het Patel (82 off 84) had been the fulcrum round which Gujarat put up 277 for 7, and Baroda may solely muster 237 for 9 in response. Piyush Chawla (3 for 52), Chintan Gaja (2 for 40) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (2 for 47) had been the principle wicket-takers for Gujarat.

Gujarat completed on 20 factors from 5 video games, whereas Baroda had 16, with a internet run-rate of 0.399.

Group B

On the Daly Faculty Floor in Indore, Andhra ensured their internet run-rate can be the very best in Group B, romping to victory in opposition to Jharkhand in 9.5 overs after bowling them out 139. Harishankar Reddy led the best way with the ball, taking 4 for 30. Andhra’s chase blasted off with an 82-run opening stand that got here in simply 5.5 overs, Ashwin Hebbar (44 off 18) and Ricky Bhui (57* off 27) making certain a fast end and a passage into the quarter-finals. Jharkhand would have been by way of to the quarter-finals if they’d received.

Elswhere in Indore on the Emerald Excessive Faculty Floor, Tamil Nadu accomplished a massive win over Vidarbha. Having bowled Vidarbha out for 150 in 41 overs, Tamil Nadu acquired to 152 for five in 11.2 overs. B Aparajith opened the bowling for Tamil Nadu and took 3 for 10 in six overs, whereas J Kousik (3 for 22) and M Mohammed (3 for 33) additionally had three-wicket hauls. Mohammed accomplished a superb all-round day with 37 not out off 14 balls, with N Jagadeesan’s 18-ball 48 the opposite notable rating.

Madhya Pradesh overcame Punjab by 105 runs in an action-packed match on the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to safe qualification. MP put up 402 for 3, powered by Venkatesh Iyer’s 198 off 146, with Aditya Shrivastava blasting 88* off 56. Punjab’s chase ended at 297 all out in 42.3 overs, however they’d their moments with opener Abhishek Sharma smashing a 49-ball 104, having acquired to his century off simply 42 balls.

4 groups ended up on 12 factors in Group B – Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Not one of the different three could make the quarterfinals nevertheless, attributable to not less than three different groups among the many Elite Teams ending up with increased than 12 factors.

Group C

Three groups ended up on 16 factors – Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. All three had a excessive internet run-rate, having ended the league section with complete wins, however Karnataka’s was the very best at 1.834. Nevertheless, UP (1.559) and Kerala (1.244) have ensured that they may nonetheless be within the working for the quarterfinals.

Karnataka’s openers led the staff to a ten-wicket win on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with a mammoth stand, after Railways had made 284 for 9 constructed round Pratham Singh’s 129. Shreyas Gopal’s 3 for 41 had been the most effective figures, however the true stars of the day had been R Samarth (130* off 118) and Devdutt Padikkal (145* off 125), as Karnataka accomplished victory in 40.3 overs.

Shivam Sharma, the 20-year-old left-arm spinner, took 6 for 22 as Uttar Pradesh bowled Odisha out for 148 in 40.1 overs. The UP batsmen then hauled within the goal in 21.4 overs, dropping 4 wickets.

On the Alur 3 cricket floor, Kerala bowled Bihar out for 148 in 40.2 overs, after which chased down the goal in simply 8.5 overs. Robin Uthappa continued his good type within the event, smashing 87 not out off 32, whereas Vishnu Vinod (37 off 12) and Sanju Samson (24* off 9) had been equally harmful in a nine-wicket win. Uthappa reached his half-century in 22 balls, and hit 4 fours and 10 sixes total. S Sreesanth took 4 for 30 whereas Jalaj Saxena, who opened the bowling with Sreesanth, was among the many wickets too, with 3 for 30.

For the three groups within the Elite Teams already on 16 factors however who have not certified but – Baroda, UP and Kerala – their possibilities will rely upon how different outcomes go in Teams D and E. Whereas UP have the very best internet run-rate, adopted by Kerala, Baroda are a way behind with 0.399.

Group D

Mumbai have an all-win report with 16 factors in 4 video games, and play Himachal Pradesh of their closing recreation. Mumbai’s internet run-rate is a large 2.268 – the very best within the league section within the Elite Teams – so they need to fancy their possibilities of qualifying even when they lose their final recreation. Delhi are on 12 factors, and will attain 16 in the event that they win their final league recreation, in opposition to Rajasthan. Delhi’s internet run-rate is 0.473 although, they usually’ll be trying to enhance that significantly even whereas needing a win.

Group E

Saurashtra have received all video games thus far and are on 16 factors. They play Companies of their final league match. Their internet run-rate is 1.133, decrease than each UP and Kerala, so they are going to want a win to make sure automated development. Chandigarh are second, with 12 factors, and play Jammu & Kashmir of their closing league recreation. Chandigarh’s internet run-rate nevertheless, is -0.213 so even a large win of their closing recreation may not be sufficient to take them to the quarter-finals.

Uttarakhand and Assam are each on 16 factors within the Plate Group, and can play totally different opponents of their final league matches (Sikkim and Mizoram), however Uttarakhand’s internet run-rate of three.538 – as in opposition to Assam’s 1.382 – means they need to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals from the Plate Group if factors are equal.

Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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