Gujarat, Vidarbha make it to quarters
Vidarbha beat Punjab by 100 runs at the Emerald High School Ground in Indore to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Ranjit Paradkar and Ravi Jangid scored half-centuries and were involved in a 74-run stand for the fourth wicket, taking their team to a challenging 278 in 45 overs. Punjab struggled in their reply, collapsing to 98 for 6 and had to rely on Mayank Sidhana and the lower order to put up some resistance. Each of the five Vidarbha bowlers bagged at least a wicket and bowled out Punjab for 178. Vidarbha meet Tamil Nadu in the quarter-final on February 25.
Gujarat prevailed over Karnataka in a low-scoring game at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore to qualify for the quarter-finals. Manprit Juneja's 49 stood out in an innings otherwise replete with low scores as Gujarat managed just 168. But Karnataka proved abject in their reply. Bharat Chipli, Ganesh Satish, Manish Pandey and Udit Patel down the order got starts but failed to convert them, while the batting around them crumbled. Ishwar Choudhary picked up four wickets with his medium-pace as Karnataka folded for 136 in 31.5 overs. Gujarat will meet Bengal in their quarter-final on February 25.