Baroda knock out Karnataka in quarters

Cricket Vijay Hazare Trophy: Tamil Nadu beat Gujarat to make it to semifinals

Baroda knock out Karnataka in quarters

Krunal Pandya continued his fantastic form guiding Baroda to an easy seven-wicket win over Karnataka with his all-round show in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, here on Sunday.

The older of the Pandya brothers, Krunal, first grabbed 3/32 in 6 overs to restrict Karnataka to 233 in 45.5 overs and then anchored the chase with a well-compiled 70 off 79 balls taking Baroda home in 45.5 overs.

Krunal had a partnership of 92 runs for the second wicket with opener Kedar Devdhar (78, 98 balls) after adding 64 for the first wicket with Aditya Waghmode.

Devdhar’s innings had six fours and two sixes while Krunal hit five boundaries and a straight lofted six. Deepak Hooda also played his bit, hitting 34 off 39 balls.

The match was certainly Krunal’s who has now had a fabulous 50-over tournament and is certain to make it to one of the Challenger Trophy teams if Baroda doesn’t emerge champions.

Krunal now has 11 wickets and three half-centuries in the tournament so far.

During his knock, Krunal ran beautifully between the wickets pushing the portly Kedar for quick doubles. He found the gaps with ease. Devdhar also packed a punch in his drives as Baroda didn’t look like missing injured Hardik Pandya and neither did they require the services of veteran Yusuf Pathan.

During the Karnataka innings, Pawan Deshpande (54) and Ravikumar Samarth (44) were the main scorers. Opener Mayank Agarwal (40) was dismissed after getting set.

Krunal was brought into the attack in the 38th over when Karnataka were only four down and looking good for a big score. But the Mumbai Indians all-rounder got the important breakthroughs and was instrumental in keeping opposition below 250.

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Opener V Ganga Raju's 85 steered Tamil Nadu to the semifinals with a five-wicket win over Ranji champions Gujarat. Tamil Nadu knocked out Gujarat with 46 balls to spare at the Palam A Ground.

Opting to bat, Gujarat were all out for a modest 211 in 49.4 overs, thanks to some disciplined bowling from Tamil Nadu.

In reply, Tamil Nadu chased down the target in 42.2 overs.

Brief scores: Karnataka 233 all out in 48.5 overs (Mayank Agarwal 40, R Samarth 44, Pawan Deshpande 54; Krunal Pandya 3-32) lt to Baroda: 234/3 in 45.5 overs (Kedar Devdhar 78, Krunal Pandya 70, Deepak Hooda 34 n.o.; S Arvind 2-42).

Gujarat: 211 all out in 49.4 overs (Samit Gohel 39, Rujul Bhatt 83; Rahil Shah 2-34, R Sai Kishore 2-35, Vijay Shankar 3-48) lt to Tamil Nadu: 217/5 in 42.2 overs (V Ganga Raju 85, B Aparajith 34).

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