Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rahul slams 90, guides Kar to semis; Shikhar flops, Delhi out
BENGALURU: R Vinay Kumar has been the architect of many a Karnataka victory at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, but on Sunday, playing in Pondicherry colours, the former state skipper came up short against his old team both with the ball and bat as the hosts coasted to an eight-wicket win in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
On an overcast morning, Manish Pandey called it right at the toss and asked the visitors to bat. It was a bad toss to lose as the Rohit Damodaran-led side, which made the grade as Plate group toppers, crumbled on a sticky wicket, although they recovered fairly well to get to 207/9 in 50 overs.
Given the firepower in the Karnataka batting line-up, the target was never a worrying number. Riding on KL Rahul's 112-ball-90 (8x4, 1x6) and half-centuries from inform opener Devdutt Padikkal (50, 54b, 5x4, 1x6) and Rohan Kadam (50 n.o, 68b, 3x4), the home side overhauled the target in 41 overs.
With barely any pressure - either in terms of the target or the quality of Pondicherry's bowlers - Karnataka openers Rahul and Padikkal went about laying a solid foundation in workman style.
Rahul, who reeled off a few stylish shots, looked set for his second century of the tournament, but was trapped plumb in front by Udeshi when within touching distance of the mark. But that did nothing to alter the course of the match, as Kadam and Pandey finished off the proceedings with the latter signalling the win with a six. Karnataka play the winners of the quarterfinals between holders Mumbai and Chhattisgarh on Wednesday at the same venue.
Brief scores: Pondicherry 207-9 in 50 overs (Sagar Trivedi 54, Vigneshwaran Marimuthu 58, Fabid Ahmed 37; Abhimanyu Mithun 2-35, V Koushik 2-33, Pravin Dubey 3-44) lost to Karnataka: 213-2 in 41 overs (KL Rahul 90, Devdutt Padikkal 50, Rohan Kadam 50 n.o.; Sagar Udeshi 2-47) by eight wickets.
Gujarat down Delhi, enter semis
The 150-run opening partnership between skipper Parthiv Patel (76, 60b, 10x4, 1x6) and Priyank Panchal (80, 91b, 8x4, 1x6) was the cornerstone of Gujarat's six-wicket win over Delhi in a rain-affected Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal encounter at the Just Cricket Ground, here on Sunday.
A 25-minute rain delay during Delhi's innings (40th over) reduced the match to a 49-over-a-side affair, but that did nothing to stop Gujarat's dominance. After bowling out Delhi for 223, Gujarat cruised to the target in the 38th over, losing four wickets in the process.
Earlier, put in to bat, Delhi were done in by pace bowlers as Chintan Gaja (3/27) struck a twin blow removing openers Anuj Rawat (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (0). Skipper Dhruv Shorey (91, 109b, 7x4, 2x6) ended his poor run to rebuild the innings with Nitish Rana (33) and put on 90 runs for the second wicket but Gaja broke that stand at a crucial time.
Parthiv & Co will take on the winner of the quarterfinals between Tamil Nadu and Punjab.
Brief scores: Delhi 223 allout in 49 overs (Dhruv Shorey 91, Nitish Rana 33, Himmat Singh 26, Lalit Yadav 28 n.o; Chintan Gaja 3-27, Arzan Nagwaswalla 3-75, Piyush Chawala 2-40) lost to Gujarat 225/4 in 37.5 overs (Parthiv Patel 76, Priyank Panchal 80, Dhruv Patel 34 n.o; Simarjeet Singh 2-54) by six wickets.