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Jadejas help vault Saurashtra into final

Saurashtra 255 (Vasavada 58, Jadeja 56, Raman 4-69) beat Andhra 196 (Ravi Teja 42, Sumanth, 42, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4-40) by 59 runs

Half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Arpit Vasavada, coupled with a four-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja propelled Saurashtra to the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Andhra's dream run ended with a 59-run defeat in the semi-final in Delhi.

Chasing 256, all of Andhra's top order got starts but failed to get past the 29-run mark. Reduced to 91 for 4 inside 23 overs, middle-order batsmen B Sumanth and Dwaraka Ravi Teja kept things ticking with scores of 42 each. Having lifted the side to 150, however, Sumanth fell to Dharmendrasinh, who subsequently ran through the lower-middle order, while medium-pacer Shaurya Sanandia ended Ravi Teja's resistance. Andhra could muster only 196, bowled out in 45.3 overs.

Earlier, Andhra's decision to bowl found validation as Saurashtra lost two wickets to Duvvarapu Siva Kumar inside five overs with only 17 on the scoreboard. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara persevered for a 53-ball 17, while opener Samarth Vyas struck a 59-ball 46. The pair added stability to the innings even if not momentum, but that was provided by Jadeja and Vasavada, who struck 56 and 58 respectively at a brisk pace. Their 113-run stand hoisted Saurashtra to 182 before seamer Karthik Raman dismissed Vasavada and Jadeja was run out in the following over. Prerak Mankad, with a quickfire 40, and Kamlesh Makvana added vital lower-order runs to ensure their team got past the 250-run mark.

Andhra 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st21KS BharatK Ashwin Hebbar
2nd44GH VihariKS Bharat
3rd6GH VihariRK Bhui
4th20B SumanthRK Bhui
5th59DB Ravi TejaB Sumanth
6th0DB Ravi TejaKV Sasikanth
7th24DB Ravi TejaD Siva Kumar
8th0DB Ravi TejaI Karthik Raman
9th16DB Ravi TejaB Ayyappa
10th6BA BhattB Ayyappa

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Elite, Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM860281.634
MAHA861261.003
BRODA842201.141
PNJB842200.354
HP83414-0.138
VIDAR83414-0.819
KNTKA82412-0.175
GOA8158-0.935
RLYS8072-1.719
Elite, Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI861261.258
AP861260.1
HYD852220.539
KER84318-0.165
CGARH844160.278
SAU83512-0.475
ODSH82510-0.181
UP8158-0.378
MP8166-0.984
Elite, Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND970321.347
HRYNA961281.661
SVCS953220.597
GUJ953220.534
TN954200.767
BENG94418-0.115
J + K93612-0.855
TPURA92610-0.58
RAJ9278-0.971
ASSAM9168-2.005
Plate Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
Bihar870302.724
UKHND871281.82
PONDI851241.727
NAGA853200.909
MEGHA844160.791
MNPR82510-0.197
ARPR82510-1.928
MIZOR8166-2.467
SIKM8080-3.182