Vijay Hazare Trophy 2013-14, semi-finals March 14, 2014

Paunikar, bowlers take Railways to final

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Railways 188 for 5 (Paunikar 83, Shukla 56*) beat Bengal (Tiwary 61, Saini 3-25) 185 by five wickets
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An opening stand of 109 between Amit Paunikar and Shivakant Shukla set the platform for Railways' successful chase of 186 against hosts Bengal, setting up the final clash with Karnataka. Teams batting second had struggled under lights at Eden Gardens, but Railways, save for a minor hiccup in which they lost five wickets, yet reached the target with plenty of balls to spare.

The Railways bowlers had set it up after they had limited Bengal to a below-par score. The Bengal top order didn't put on enough big partnerships, with only Manoj Tiwary going on to score a fifty. Bengal had lost half their side for 109 and it was a stand of 54 between Tiwary and Sayan Mondal that revived them. The legspinner Karn Sharma broke the stand when he had Mondal caught at long-off. It triggered a collapse as Bengal lost their last five wickets for 22 runs. Chanderpal Saini, the right-arm seamer, cleaned up the tail with 3 for 25.

In reply, Paunikar and Shukla added 109 in 22 overs before Ashok Dinda broke the stand by getting Paunikar to edge to the keeper. Paunikar hit 14 fours in his 83, off just 86 balls. The right-arm seamer Veer Pratap Singh then took three wickets but it came too late for Bengal as Shukla remained unbeaten on 56 to see Railways through to the final, which will be played on Sunday.

Karnataka 323 for 6 (Uthappa 133, KL Rahul 67) beat Jharkhand 302 for 9 (Jaggi 141, Vinay 4-75) by 21 runs

Ishank Jaggi was the last hurdle Karnataka had to cross to book a place in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Jharkhand batsman galloped to 141 off 121 balls and threatened to overshadow Robin Uthappa's second consecutive century in a knockout game, but a late collapse ensured the Ranji champions a shot at another trophy this season.

Set a target of 324, Jaggi steered Jharkhand to 220 before he was bowled in the 37th over. He had biffed 16 fours and four sixes during his stay and the chase had seemed well on course. However, his dismissal proved just the spark Karnataka needed. Abhimanyu Mithun (3-52) accounted for the Jharkhand captain Saurabh Tiwary and Vinay Kumar took two wickets in the 43rd over to turn the innings out of shape. The equation - 64 off 42 - required a set batsman in the middle but Jharkhand had none and their fight was snuffed out.

The Karnataka top-order, led by Uthappa's 135-ball 133, had done the hard yards to set up victory. It was the opener's highest score in the tournament so far and places him at the head of the run-getters list as well. A 137-run stand with Mayank Agarwal (66) laid the platform, which KL Rahul (67) used to boost the total beyond 300.

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  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Utappa ruined all chances given to him earlier . No doubt he is fighter and can turn the course of the match with his bat . Selectors should have been patient with him like they are with many others.

  • Cricinfouser on March 15, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done robbie time to comeback. I hav been waiting to see u in team india fr years now d time has arrived.come on selectors give him a chance

  • jayaesh on March 15, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Even though i admire current Ranji champions Karnataka but i wanted to see Jharkhand in the final, only reason being there match would have been telecast !!! i wanted not only to see Rahul Shukla ,Varun Aaron,Monu Singh rev up the speed gun but i also wanted to all the four teenagers in Jharkhand team next teenage batting star Virat Singh and Ishant Kishan and allrounder Kaushal Singh while we have already seen seamer Monu Singh in U 19 WC .Tournaments like Vijay Hazare and Syed Mustaq Ali should be used to blood young talent ahead of next Ranji season.

  • Cricket on March 15, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    It may be a case of selectors ruing not picking Uthappa for world T20 in hindsight!!. He would have been a handful had he been picked with his present red hot form.

  • Quichang on March 15, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Indian Selectors should select Talented Cricketers based on their Statistics as given blow:- 1. Selection on Test Batsman: First-Class batting Average:MAXIMUM-50. 2. Selection on Test Bowlers: First-Class bowling Average:BELOW-23. 3. Selection on ODI Batsman: List-A batting Average:MAXIMUM-50. 3. Selection on ODI Bowlers: List-A bowling Average:BELOW-23. Please kindly give chance to the following players(At-least in India A ): ODI Batsman:1.Rajat Paliwal(22):Ave-67.66. 2.Nikhil Naik(19):Ave-58.50. 3.Jitesh Sharma(20):Ave-54.66. 4.Ishank jaggi(25):Ave-52.60. 5.Ricky Bhui(17):Ave-**.**(not yet, score-200+) ODI Bowlers:1.Veer Pratap Singh(21):Ave-18.13. 2.Jasprit Bumrah(20):Ave-18.46. 3.Rahil Shah(28):Ave-18.56. 4.Amit Mishra(22):Ave-19.92. 5.Anureet Singh(26):Ave-21.85. 6.Kamlesh Thakor(21):Ave-21.87. Test Batsman:1.Karun Nair(22):Ave-65.11. 2.Ankit Bawne(21);Ave-55.32. 3.Manish Pandey(24):Ave-53.37. 4.Baba Aparajith(19):52.77. 5.Hanuma Vihari(20):Ave-51.09. 6.kedar Jadhav(28):50.18.

  • Android on March 15, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I completely agree with u hariz. how many chances were given to rohit raina ashwin vijay n others. y don't u give chances based on performance not on region. if he s Mumbai or chennai or north Indian then he automatically selected whatever his performance is. wake up bcci

  • VENKATESA on March 15, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Uthappa can ideally fit into the Indian team as a No.5 batsman.., which is at present being given to rayudu.. But teams won't worry too much when rayudu comes on to bat.., but an in-form uthappa will definitely provide the edge to our batting in overseas conditions which was so lacking & apparently visible throughout the NZ Odis.. I am not degrading rayudu one bit but uthappa has the x-factor & he is more capable of taking the game away from the opponents with his strokeplay & experience as well.. But no vinay in limited overs pl.. Though he has taken some wkts in list A matches.., he goes for lots of runs a too.. He def doesn't do well under pressure.. My ODI squad for WC2015 will be.., Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli(c),Rahane,Uthappa,S.Raina,Dhoni,A.Mishra,R.P.Singh,M.Shami,B.kumar..& U.Yadav,Rohit,R.Ashwin,R.Dhawan as bkps...

  • Rajesh on March 14, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Karnataka Vs Railways at Eden Gardens? Interesting match it will be. Karnataka have played all their matches at the batting friendly Jadhavpur University Grounds. And Railways have played, I guess, 2 matches at bowling friendly EG. Karnataka may find it difficult to score runs and face problems against a good Railways attack. All the best to Vinay and his team.

  • Naresh on March 14, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Manoj tiwari has hit form after his return from injury. He was way ahead of all contenders for a spot in team India. FITNESS is a problem. He should realize this and makes amends. Uthappa would make a perfect ODI opener for India. Vinay yakes wickets in Indian conditions

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Uthappa was very promising at his early days. He has not been given more opportunities like Raina got. I am not sure whether he is eligible for automatic choice in India team now, but It is an healthy habit for indian cricket to give more chances to players who have shown promise in their beginning of the career.

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