Vijay Hazare Trophy: Stroll and a walkout while Chhattisgarh knocked out

Jharkhand progress to quarters after facile win over J&K; Karnataka steamroll Chhattisgarh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:22 am

Group A
Chaurasia bags 6-for
Delhi: Off-spinner Abhishek Chaurasia made short work of Assam batting, as Vidarbha consolidated their position in Group A to romp into the knockouts. Chaurasia’s List A career-best, 6/37, saw Assam fold up for 169, replying to Vidarbha’s 273.
In another match, Haryana beat Baroda by 85 runs but that wasn’t enough as Baroda had already secured a berth in the quarter final. Also, Punjab lost their final group league fixture against Orissa by 69 runs and were eliminated. Harbhajan Singh took one wicket and Yuvraj Singh scored eight runs. Orissa’s Govinda Poddar overshadowed the star-cast with a 119-ball 120.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 273/9 in 50 overs (J Sharma 83) beat Assam 169 all out in 41.1 overs (A Chaurasia 6/37) by 104 runs
Vidarbha and Baroda reach quarter finals
Group B
Cuttack: Tamil Nadu hammered Tripura by 262 runs and finished as Group B toppers on net run rate, while Maharashtra took the second spot. Dinesh Karthik shone brightest today in the Tami Nadu top-order, scoring 81 off 63 balls. Then, Aswin Crist ran through Tripura batting, who were 75 all out.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 337/8 in 50 overs (Dinesh Karthik 81) beat Tripura 75 all out in 18.2 overs (Aswin Crist 5/29) by 262 runs.
Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra reach quarter finals.

Group C
Shami returns to action
Chennai: Mohammed Shami returned to competitive cricket after a three-month injury lay-off and bowled seven overs in Bengal’s final group league game against Gujarat. He went wicketless, but it was more about getting in the groove for the India fast bowler. Gujarat won the match by seven wickets and qualified, along with group-leaders Bengal. Parthiv Patel made an 82-ball 88 after Jasprit Bumrah rattled the opposition with three wickets.
Mumbai won big against Goa; by eight wickets with 44.2 overs remaining. But Gujarat trumped them on net run rate.
Brief scores: Bengal 168 all out in 49.1 overs (J Bumrah 3/27) lost to Gujarat 172/3 in 28 overs (P Patel 88; Md Shami 0/36) by 7 wickets.
Bengal and Gujarat reach quarter finals

Group D
Jharkhand qualify
Kalyani: It was a must-win game for Jharkhand and Shahbaz Nadeem’s five-for ensured that MS Dhoni’s team beat Jammu & Kashmir in their final group league encounter and reach knockouts. A 66-run third wicket stand between Owais Shah and Parvez Rasool had steadied the ship for Jammu & Kashmir after being sent in. But things started to change following Nadeem’s introduction into the attack. The left-arm spinner picked four wickets in his last three overs to restrict the opponents to 184. Kumar Deobrat anchored the chase for Jharkhand and Dhoni gave the finishing touches with a couple of fours and a six.
Hyderabad’s batting meltdown in another Group D fixture at Eden Gardens on Monday also helped Jharkhand’s cause. Hyderabad folded for 88 and conceded the match to Services with 29.4 overs to spare. It destroyed their net run rate.
Karnataka maintained their all-win record finished as group toppers after defeating Chhattisgarh by three wickets at the CAB’s JU Campus ground.
Brief scores: J&K 184 all out in 43 overs (O Shah 59, P Rasool 45; S Nadeem 5/42) lost to Jharkhand 185/4 in 35 overs (K Deobrat 78, MS Dhoni 19*) by 6 wickets
Karnataka and Jharkhand reach quarter finals .

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FORMER India batsman Mohammad Kaif, who is captaining Chattisgarh in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy led his team out of the field after umpires didn’t accept his request to use television referrals. The incident took place on Monday in Kolkata, where Chattisgarh had scored 199 against Karnataka and a tight game was on the cards.

Chasing 200, Karnataka were 3 for no loss when opener Mayank Agarwal’s bat took an edge behind off medium-pacer Omkar Verma on his individual score of 1. Kaif and his team appealed loudly and on-field umpire Virender Sharma went ahead to consult on-field umpire Umesh Dubey at square leg. It was decided to give the decision in Karnataka’s favour. Kaif asked for umpires to seek a television referral. Though the game was not live, BCCI provides small cameras for each game these days where umpires can check no-balls and run-outs.

The umpires didn’t accede to any referral request and asked Kaif to continue the game. However, to everyone’s surprise Kaif decided to protest and left the ground with his team-mates. It was only when match referee Nitin Goel pacified the former India player, that play resumed.

Agarwal went on to score 66 runs and Karnataka defeated Chattisgarh by three wickets.

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