Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13, quarter-finals

Dominant Delhi, Kerala make last four

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February 27, 2013

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Delhi 130 for 2 (Gambhir 44*) beat Gujarat 126 (Narwal 5-21) by eight wickets

Delhi crushed Gujarat in Visakhapatnam to enter the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, first rolling them for 126 and then knocking off the meagre target with over 21 overs to spare. Seamer Sumit Narwal triggered the Gujarat collapse, removing both openers after they had strung together a partnership of 40. Narwal went on to five wickets in an economical seven-over spell, and received support from new-ball bowler Parvinder Awana and Rajat Bhatia as Gujarat went on to score just 86 more runs in 25 overs after the opening stand was broken. Delhi lost opener Dhruv Shorey early in the chase, but the rest of the top order contributed cameos as they cruised home. Gautam Gambhir finished unbeaten on 44, the top-scorer in the game.

Kerala 320 for 6 (Jagadeesh 119, Sachin Baby 104*) beat Punjab 274 (Gurkeerat 99, Mandeep 81) by 46 runs

Kerala put on a dominating show with the bat, to ease past Punjab by 46 runs, and secure their place in the final four. Punjab chose to bowl, and made a decent start, reducing Kerala to 51 for 2 in the tenth over. However, one of the openers, VA Jagadeesh, hung in there and went on to make a career-best 119, that set a firm platform. Sachin Baby, batting at No. 6, launched from that platform, scoring a maiden List A century. He finished unbeaten on 104 runs from 70 balls to take Kerala to 320. For Punjab, Gurkeerat almost played a similar role to that of Jagadeesh, but was run out on 99 to dent Punjab's chances. Their hopes took another big blow when Yuvraj Singh was out to Prasanth Parameswaran for a golden duck. Mandeep Singh kept them going with a steady 81, but they still fell well short, bowled out in the 48th over.

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Posted by Chelsean on (February 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Kerala has been awesome. We've found our version of "Baby Sachin" who is in fantastic form. Sandeep Warrier has been conceding a bit more runs to my liking. I hope we go on to win the title. Semifinals against a strong Assam team.

Posted by Kannan_C_Haridas on (February 28, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

congratz kerala well done boys.....

Posted by ronsbose on (February 28, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Congrats Kerala Team...You won the hearts of all now win the cup

Posted by harishrajendran on (February 28, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Great performances from Kerala. Very talented & capable players are in Kerala, who can be asset to Indian team also............. All the best to Kerala team for raising the Vijay Hazare trophy........

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

All the best to kerala team..Keep gng :) You are the champions..

Posted by Crusader1980 on (February 28, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Guys..those who are asking about Sreesanth, he is serving a 2 match ban and will be available for the semi-final matches...and yes great performance by the Kerala team, even they almost made the quarters of Ranji Trophy...hope the team will be managed properly with professional people...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

I am very glad to see Kerala played a brilliant match, they have some talented young boys and I hope they maintain their consistancy..... and surely Kerala will be stay frontline. But the only thing surprise me is...where is Sreesanth????, people are talking about that he should be in Indian team!!!!, if he can't play for his state regularly how can he be considered!!!!, is there any system BCCI???

Posted by Dranpi on (February 28, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Well Done Kerala..Go and win the title..All the Best..

Posted by vishnu.varrier on (February 28, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Woww.. what a perfomance by the kerala team, scoring 320 runs against punjab team and beating them by 40 runs was a brilliant perfomance. Kerala has been one of the powerhouses of Indian Sports, but in cricket they were on the backstage all these years, like other southindian states like TN,Karnataka, they were never been a dominating position on india cricket. Come on kerala this is a new biginning for us, keep going...

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

well done Kerala..!keep it up....go ahead .. good luck..!!

Posted by bijuphilip on (February 27, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

prasanth parameswaran and sandeep warrier is not a bad candidate along with tamilandu pacer sunil sam to be considered for national team. What happened for sreesanth,he didn't get a chance in the playing eleven?

Posted by CaliforniaMysterySpinner on (February 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Kerala should be getting Sreesanth back as well now that the 2 match ban is over. Go kerala!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Well done to the Kerala team for an awesome performance. Their reaching this far can only be put down to the collective team effort they have shown on the field. Jagadeesh Samson Baby Parameshwaran all look good. Parameshwaran has bounced back well after being hit for a 37 run over by Gayle in the IPL. Yuvraj's Singh's form is a concern. Delhi is also looking very good with new player Shorey looking like a nice prospect for the future along with Chand. Also Delhi have Gambhir back along with old veterans like Manhas and Bhatia along with Awana and Narwal in the bowling line-up. Gambhir has started showing signs of a welcome return to form which is a good sign for Indian Cricket as we really need in form openers. I am backing Delhi to win this Vijay Hazare Trophy because of excellent blend of youth and experience in their batting and bowling line-up.

Posted by Jaijo on (February 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Good show by Kerala... they almost made it to Ranji Knockout phase.. Looks like the new breed of local cricketers are better than imports from other States.

Posted by vinu80314 on (February 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

A good all round perfomance by Kerala team team. Llost only one match against Karnataka in the preliminary rounds. hope Sanju samspon can be a good prospect.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 27, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Robin uthappa and KL rahul is in great form, for kerala sachin baby sanju samson is playing well and prashanth parameswaran is bowling well and i am worrying about sandeep warrior he is leaking runs, I think Keral vs Karnataka and Mumbai vs Delhi will be semi linup

Posted by TJJOSEPH on (February 27, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Gr8 Acheivement - Kerala Boys. keep it up. All malayalies around the world really proud of u Guys.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (February 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Kerala rockzzz... Feeling so proud to be a Keralite. V.A.Jagadeesh, Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson all batted really well. Prasanth Parameshwaran was brilliant with the ball. Yuvraj got out for golden duck!! Go on Kerala, Make history, you already did......

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Well done kerala....keep going!!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

wow, what's going on??/ When did Kerala start becoming so good in cricket. In Ranji they were always the ugly stepchild trading last place with Goa/Andhra and now they are in the final four at a National level tournament!!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

wow.. kerala makes it to semis

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