Hyderabad vs Rajasthan
Champions Rajasthan entered the semifinals by virtue of their huge 281-run first innings lead against Hyderabad at the Uppal Stadium. Hyderabad,following-on,began the day at 138 for no loss and declared at 431 for 2 in the second innings.
Rajasthan,set a target of 155 in 20 overs,needed only a draw to advance. At stumps,on the final day,they were at 25 for no loss.
Rajasthan will play Haryana in the semifinals from January 10 in Rohtak.
Hyderbad’s opening batsmen Akshat Reddy (151) and D Ravi Teja (185 not out) batted impressively and put together an outstanding opening-wicket stand of 275 before the former was scalped by Pankaj Singh.
Reddy consumed 224 balls in his knock,studded with 14 fours and four sixes. Teja,who remained unconquered till the end,then found an able ally in T Suman,who smashed 59 off 51 balls with the help of eight shots to the fence. They added 97 runs for the second wicket before Suman ran himself out.
Teja’s patient knock came off 293 balls and with 12 fours. Bavanaka Sandeep (18) was the other unbeaten batsman along with Teja when Hyderabad declared the innings.
Brief scores: Rajasthan: 431 and 25/0 in 20 ovrs vs Hyderabad: 144 and 431 for 2 in 98 ovs (D Ravi Teja 185 n.o. Akshat Reddy 151; Pankaj Singh 1/113).