Opener Unmukt Chand smashed an unbeaten 118 off 99 balls to fire Delhi to a nine wicket win over Andhra and reach the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday.
Delhi ended Group C in second spot, having earned 12 points from five wins in six matches. Vidarbha topped the group with 12 points on a better run-rate.
Thanks to the fireworks provided by Chand, Delhi made short work of the 184-run target, reaching home in 34.1 overs.
Andhra ended their innings at 183 with left-arm spinner Pawan Negi (3/29) being the pick of Delhi bowlers.
Chand hit top form after failing in his last three innings. His sublime knock comprised 14 fours and four sixes.
Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir was run out after making 30 runs off 60 balls. The southpaw’s 67 against Odisha was his sole fifty plus knock in the league stage.
Chand had the company of Himmat Singh (29 not out off 46) towards the end of the successful chase.
Brief scores: Andhra 183 all out 49.2 overs (D Siva Kumar 38; Pawan Negi 3/29). Delhi 184/1 in 34.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 118 not out).
Punjab beat Services by 3 wickets
Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh powered Punjab chase of 324 with a quickfire 98 as his team defeated Services by three wickets
and qualify for the knockout stages of the Vijay Hazare cricket tournament on Friday.
Opting to bowl, Punjab saw Services pile up 323 for seven with the help of twin centuries by Nakul Verma (113) and Soumya Swain (101) in the stipulated overs at the Railways Recreation Club Ground.
Verma hit nine boundaries and a six in his 125-ball knock, while Swain needed just 90 balls to score his runs and struck 10 fours.
In reply, Punjab were off to a solid start with openers Pargat Singh (49 off 39 balls) and Jiwanjot Singh (41 off 35) adding 82 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs.
Mandeep Singh made 45 off 56 balls, while Mayank Sidhana scored 46 runs off 49 deliveries.
However, it was Yuvraj who anchored the chase before skipper Harbhajan (16 not out) and Gitansh Khera (13) took the team past the daunting target.
Yuvraj smashed eight boundaries and four sixes, facing 83 balls.
Saurashtra beat Bengal but not enough for knock-out berth
Youngster Samarth Vyas struck 94 on his List A debut as Saurashtra beat Bengal by six wickets in their Vizay Hazare Trophy ODI cricket Group D match on Friday
The win was, however, not enough for Saurashtra to qualify for the knockouts as they finished third in Group D with 12 points behind Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (both on 16 points).
Only top two teams from each of the four groups make it to the knock-out phase.
HP finish on top in Group D, qualify for quarterfinals
Riding on a strong batting show, Himachal Pradesh secured a place in the knockout stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as they won their last Group D match against Madhya Pradesh by 41 runs on Friday.
Rishi Dhawan struck an unbeaten 117 while Robin Bisht scored 84 as Himachal Pradesh put on board 295 for five after being invited to bat.
Dhawan hit 13 boundaries in his 88-ball fiery knock.
Himachal Pradesh: 295 for 5 in 50 overs. (R Dhawan 117 not out, R Bisht 84; C Sakure 1/37).
Madhya Pradesh: 254 all out in 46.1 overs.(V Iyer 57, P Sahani 42; P Jaiswal 6/40).
Karn’s five-for give Railways win over Haryana
Leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s five-wicket haul helped Railways end their campaign with a 106-run win over Haryana in an inconsequential Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day cricket tournament on Friday.
Chasing a modest 220 for win, Haryana were bowled out for 113, inside 36 overs, as Karn finished with figures of five for 13 in 9.1 overs. Only Nitin Saini (20) and Rohit Sharma (26) got past 20 among the Haryana batsmen.
Railways: 219 for seven in 50 overs (Arindam Ghosh 76; Ashish Hooda 2/28)
Haryana: 113 all out in 35.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 26; Karn Sharma 5/13).