Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13, quarter-finals February 27, 2013

Dominant Delhi, Kerala make last four

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Aneesh 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.

  • Kannan on February 28, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    congratz kerala well done boys.....

  • Ron on February 28, 2013, 8:46 GMT

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

  • Harish 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........

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

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

  • Baiju 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...

  • Dummy4 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???

  • Mahendran on February 28, 2013, 4:39 GMT

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

  • Vishnu 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...