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February 27, 2011
Jharkhand surged into the final with a comfortable five-wicket win over Vidarbha in Indore. When the Vidarbha openers had eased to 42 in 11 overs, it seemed they had justified their side's decision to bat. But things started to go wrong for Vidarbha when Amol Ubarhande was dismissed by Varun Aaron. Himanshu Joshi followed soon, and opener Akshay Kolhar became the third man to be dismissed after making a steady 40. No one from the Vidarbha middle order stepped up to salvage the stuttering innings. Ravi Jangid tried with a patient 35 but he became one of Yaju Krishanatry's three victims. Vidarbha ultimately lurched to 186 for 9, 25 extras contributing to their inadequate score.
Jharkhand's openers could not do much, but Ishank Jaggi and Saurabh Tiwary did their growing reputations no harm in a calculated 121-run partnership that almost sealed the game. Jaggi was the aggressor, smashing 13 boundaries in his 85 off 94 deliveries. Tiwary had dropped anchor for the afternoon, and remained unbeaten on 72 off 124. Jharkhand lost a few late wickets but made the final by the 46th over.
Gujarat made short work of Haryana at the Emerald High School Ground in Indore to set up a final meeting with Jharkhand. Ishwar Choudhary led a disciplined bowling performance to skittle Haryana for 157, and Manprit Juneja and Parthiv Patel knocked off the runs with plenty to spare. Apart from opener Rahul Dewan (41), no Haryana batsman came up with anything substantial. After Amit Singh had taken two in two in the sixth over, Choudhary accounted for Hemang Badani, Joginder Sharma and Nitin Saini. The other bowlers chipped in as well, and Haryana were bundled out cheaply.
Parthiv ensured Gujarat did not take the small chase easy with a quick 42. There were no early breakthroughs for Haryana, and Juneja did what Tiwary had done for Jharkhand with an unbeaten 54 off 93. Haryana used eight bowlers, but they managed three wickets between them.
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