VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY 2016-17, GROUP D March 6, 2017

Jharkhand qualify after Hyderabad lose big

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File photo - Mayank Agarwal led Karnataka's chase of 200 with his eighth half-century in List A cricket © ESPNcricinfo

A batting meltdown at Eden Gardens cost Hyderabad dear as they were pipped for a knockout berth by Jharkhand on net run rate.

Services' pace trio of Suraj Yadav (3 for 36), Diwesh Pathania (4 for 21) and Sachidanand Pandey (3 for 22) skittled Hyderabad for 88, before the batsman wobbled and eventually got home by five wickets. Hyderabad ended their campaign with four wins in six matches.

A stand of 39 runs for the sixth wicket between Tanmay Agarwal (16) and Chama Milind (32) saved some of Hyderabad's blushes after they lost their first five wickets inside 11 overs. They were struggling at 25 for 5 when the duo added the only significant stand. Hyderabad's bowlers, led by spinner Mohammed Siraj (2 for 31), made the Services chase difficult, but useful knocks from Gaurav Kochar (24) and G Rahul Singh (22) were enough to complete a consolation win.

Karnataka completed their sixth-straight win to finish as Group D toppers after beating Chhattisgarh by three wickets . Captain Vinay Kumar snared three wickets while opener Mayank Agarwal slammed a half-century (66 off 76 balls) to help complete the chase of 200 at Kolkata's Jadavpur University Ground.

Vinay struck early after Chhatisgarh chose to bat; they slumped to 60 for 4 before Abhimanyu Chauhan (58 off 102 balls) and Mohammad Kaif (43* off 52 balls) put on a 75 for the fifth-wicket. Chauhan was the fifth man to go with the team on 135. They would lose their last four wickets for 12 to finish with 199.

Karnataka's started strongly after a 52-run opening partnership between Agarwal and Robin Uthappa (23). That was followed up by useful contributions from captain Manish Pandey (34 of 40 balls) and Stuart Binny (25 off 34 balls). Shubham Thakur's three wickets kept Chhattisgarh in the hunt, but a batting collapse would eventually mean they didn't have enough to defend in the end.

Jharkhand qualified to the next round after Shahbaz Nadeem's second List A fifth-wicket haul set up their five-wicket win over Jammu & Kashmir.

A patient 78 from Kumar Deobrat led Jharkhand's 185 chase. They got past the line with 90 balls to spare. MS Dhoni, who hit two fours and a six, was unbeaten on 19 when the winning run were scored. J&K got off to a strong start courtesy a 66-run third wicket partnership between Owais Shah (59) and Parvez Rasool (45 off 40 balls) but Nadeem's introduction to the attack turned the game. He took four wickets off his last three overs to set up a comfortable second-innings chase.

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  • ramli on March 7, 2017, 8:25 GMT

    If MSD is destined to lift the cop, what else Hyd can do?

  • Kausthub27 on March 6, 2017, 17:02 GMT

    Hyderabad were extremely unlucky to miss on net-run rate. They lost just by 1 wicket against Karnataka but as Karnataka had many balls left chasing a small, Hyd suffered a huge net run rate loss despite losing by a very small margin. NRR should adopt a D/L like system where number of wickets are also taken to consideration to avoid these type of situations. Reminds me of NZ v AUS World Cup match.

  • sweetglanny on March 6, 2017, 16:52 GMT

    Captain vinay Kumar and captain manish pandey. 2 captains for Karnataka

  • paramnp9 on March 6, 2017, 16:42 GMT

    Hyderabad should work on their weaknesses and should come stronger next year. Badrinath seems to have lost his batting consistency. Why not pick a younger captain and back the youngsters to come good? Players like Agarwal, Sandeep, Siraj, Milind will only get better with more exposure.

  • bhargav_p on March 6, 2017, 13:12 GMT

    Hard luck Hyderabad. But to reflect on the season - There is a consistent pattern seen that they failed to do well against big teams & in crucial matches. The way they played the whole season is commendable, but there was a lack of a big player both in the batting & bowling departments. Ravi, Milind & Siraj were exceptional thought on any surface. They were the back bone of Hyderabad. The spinners Bhandari & Hasan were extremely mediocre during Ranji, and fared little better during Vijay Hazare with helpful pitches. In the batting department Reddy, Sandeep & Anirudh were good but inconsistent, and Tanmay performing in T20s & One Days. Badrinath was disastrous. Well played & a few key changes should see Hyd winning a title next year.

  • Ezaz_Shaikh on March 6, 2017, 12:58 GMT

    Correction. Manish Pandey is the current captain of Team Karnataka in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17

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