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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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
Scorecard

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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  • 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.

  • panikatturaja 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

  • baghels.a 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.

  • suremv 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.

  • 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

  • prasanna_79 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...

  • RajeshNaik 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.

  • Naresh28 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • panikatturaja 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

  • baghels.a 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.

  • suremv 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.

  • 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

  • prasanna_79 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...

  • RajeshNaik 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.

  • Naresh28 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

  • 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.

  • on March 14, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Robin uttappa diserve in odi in place of Rohith sharma....robin now india best opener..he is in full farm

  • Harizs on March 14, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    If selector still dont select Robin Utthappa , then India team will go down in performance n ranking quickly..Robin is an agressive opener, rotates the strikes well, dhawan will play better with him, both can hit ball long way.Robin Uthappa has played overseas n was sucessful .time to get him back in team as opener in england n Australia tour ...if he performs well then batting strength will improve n openers pair problem would be solved for WC2015..For Vinay Kumar .even he goes for run he is a wicket taking bowler..selector made a huge blunder by not selecting vinay n robin in T20 WC whn India need a strong aggresive opener like robin not boring n dull NOhit sharma who play one gud match in 20innings. SELECTORS BURN UR EGOS N GIVE CHANCE TO TALENTED GUYS ..STOP FAVOURTISM.

  • TimeKiller on March 14, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Triple Crown Baby, Triple Crown. Karnataka on the verge of Triple Crown this year! (Ranji, Irani, and now Vijay Hazare). Vinay/Uttappa haters take that!

  • on March 14, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    wake up selector atleast now give a chance to uthappa ..

  • KumarSubramanyan on March 14, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Actually 3 guys - Uthappa, Vinay & Binny are in the form of their lives.. Enough chanced have been given to the likes of Karthik, Saha, Rohit Sharma( who will play one brilliant innings in one series and retain his place)...Need to give these guys a longer run..Most consistent performers this domestic season..Vinay has suddenly found a new rhythm to his bowling and taking wickets by the bucketful..Hope some of the selectors are watching..we need these 3 guys for the WC in2015 in Australia

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ Viswanath Yup.. Worth trying Uthappa and Dhawan as opening combination... Rohith must be in middle order or lowe middle order..

  • TimeKiller on March 14, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Awesome job guys, Keep it up. Just one more match to go. Congratulations to Vinay Kumar, on grabbing 54 wickets from the last 11 matches (in both list A and first-class formats), Uttappa's consecutive century! His Third century in this tournament! 528 runs in total! Well done! Awesome performance! Let's get that 'Vijay Hazare Trophy' and it will be a hat trick for Karnataka this year (since you guys already won Ranji and Irani Trophies).Good job! Team Karnataka is so good at the moment, they can beat Team India on any ground, in any format (Test/ODI/T20) at the moment.Bring it on...

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Uthappa has been consistent at the top......He can bowl seem up and can be a part time WK....He begs a chance.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Uthappa & Vinay missed there chance for T20 World India Squad .... this both players was very much eligible to play for Indian team... Hope to see them back in Indian team!

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Robin uttappa 6 domestic odi score 530 runs 3cenchury and 2 50s his knock showing how he better player .even wicket keeping also he doing .Robin well fitt unfirtunetly he is nt in t20 its sad ..back to back hundread gujarath and jarkandh super before he hitt 104 againist kerala....if selctore given ennoff chance to Rohith ..karthik..raina..why nt one chance to Robin uttappa..he can be a xtra wicket keeper option also. .sanjay patil see this perfomence in yur big eye and dicide your self ...this is robins best

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Uthappa is a revelation. He is a very different batsman one saw two seasons ago. His evolution is remarkable. However, it is sad that the selectors continue to ignore the efforts in domestic cricket. Vinay and Uthappa must be in the Indian team on merit.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Uttappa has two consectuvie centuries and his list A avg before 2011 was 33 and now it has improved to 39. He deserves a top order for chance for india at 50 overs format. He should replace rohit and rohit should play at 4 for india. Uttppa and dhawan is the ideal openers of india. Both r aggressive and uttappa ,rotates the strike very well. Uttapa has performed well in cb series before and he won a match against england in england singlehandedly. So he can perform well in the conditions in australia.

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  • on March 14, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Uttappa has two consectuvie centuries and his list A avg before 2011 was 33 and now it has improved to 39. He deserves a top order for chance for india at 50 overs format. He should replace rohit and rohit should play at 4 for india. Uttppa and dhawan is the ideal openers of india. Both r aggressive and uttappa ,rotates the strike very well. Uttapa has performed well in cb series before and he won a match against england in england singlehandedly. So he can perform well in the conditions in australia.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Uthappa is a revelation. He is a very different batsman one saw two seasons ago. His evolution is remarkable. However, it is sad that the selectors continue to ignore the efforts in domestic cricket. Vinay and Uthappa must be in the Indian team on merit.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Robin uttappa 6 domestic odi score 530 runs 3cenchury and 2 50s his knock showing how he better player .even wicket keeping also he doing .Robin well fitt unfirtunetly he is nt in t20 its sad ..back to back hundread gujarath and jarkandh super before he hitt 104 againist kerala....if selctore given ennoff chance to Rohith ..karthik..raina..why nt one chance to Robin uttappa..he can be a xtra wicket keeper option also. .sanjay patil see this perfomence in yur big eye and dicide your self ...this is robins best

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Uthappa & Vinay missed there chance for T20 World India Squad .... this both players was very much eligible to play for Indian team... Hope to see them back in Indian team!

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Uthappa has been consistent at the top......He can bowl seem up and can be a part time WK....He begs a chance.

  • TimeKiller on March 14, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Awesome job guys, Keep it up. Just one more match to go. Congratulations to Vinay Kumar, on grabbing 54 wickets from the last 11 matches (in both list A and first-class formats), Uttappa's consecutive century! His Third century in this tournament! 528 runs in total! Well done! Awesome performance! Let's get that 'Vijay Hazare Trophy' and it will be a hat trick for Karnataka this year (since you guys already won Ranji and Irani Trophies).Good job! Team Karnataka is so good at the moment, they can beat Team India on any ground, in any format (Test/ODI/T20) at the moment.Bring it on...

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ Viswanath Yup.. Worth trying Uthappa and Dhawan as opening combination... Rohith must be in middle order or lowe middle order..

  • KumarSubramanyan on March 14, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Actually 3 guys - Uthappa, Vinay & Binny are in the form of their lives.. Enough chanced have been given to the likes of Karthik, Saha, Rohit Sharma( who will play one brilliant innings in one series and retain his place)...Need to give these guys a longer run..Most consistent performers this domestic season..Vinay has suddenly found a new rhythm to his bowling and taking wickets by the bucketful..Hope some of the selectors are watching..we need these 3 guys for the WC in2015 in Australia

  • on March 14, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    wake up selector atleast now give a chance to uthappa ..

  • TimeKiller on March 14, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Triple Crown Baby, Triple Crown. Karnataka on the verge of Triple Crown this year! (Ranji, Irani, and now Vijay Hazare). Vinay/Uttappa haters take that!