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Saurashtra ride on Kotak and Pathak

Saurashtra 216 for 5 (Pathak 58, Kotak 53) beat Vidarbha 212 for 9 (Paunikar 63, Jangid 51) by five wickets
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An allround show enabled Saurashtra to overcome Vidarbha by five wickets and enter the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam. Chasing 213, Saurashtra rode on half-centuries from Chirag Pathak and Shitanshu Kotak to reach the target with 15 balls to spare. This will be Saurashtra's maiden appearance in the final of this tournament.

Vidarbha's decision to bat first did not pay off as they would have expected. Faiz Fazal, the in-form opener, fell in the very first over and it was left to Amit Paunikar to grind out a patient 108-ball 63. He received good support from Ravi Jangid, whose 67-ball 51 provided the innings with some momentum.

Saurashtra, though, fought back through left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Coming off a good run in the recently concluded U-19 World Cup, Jadeja struck three vital blows in the middle overs to put the skids on Vidarbha. He conceded 49 runs in his ten overs but his triple-strike went a long way in restricting Vidarbha to a below-par score.

Pathak got Saurashtra off to a steady start. He lost his opening partner, Sagar Jogiyani, early but his 81-run stand with Jaydev Shah, the captain, put them on course. Shah's dismissal was quickly followed by another - Cheteshwar Pujara's run-out - but Kotak, the veteran, drew on all his experience to seal the victory. He was unbeaten at the end and it was fitting that he was Jadeja, the hero with the ball, who was with him at the sweet moment.

Saurashtra will now face Bengal in the final on Thursday.

Saurashtra 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st15SD JogiyaniCR Pathak
2nd81JN ShahCR Pathak
3rd10CA PujaraCR Pathak
4th9SH KotakCA Pujara
5th72SH KotakPS Mehta
6th29SH KotakRA Jadeja

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Elite, Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM860281.634
MAHA861261.003
BRODA842201.141
PNJB842200.354
HP83414-0.138
VIDAR83414-0.819
KNTKA82412-0.175
GOA8158-0.935
RLYS8072-1.719
Elite, Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI861261.258
AP861260.1
HYD852220.539
KER84318-0.165
CGARH844160.278
SAU83512-0.475
ODSH82510-0.181
UP8158-0.378
MP8166-0.984
Elite, Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND970321.347
HRYNA961281.661
SVCS953220.597
GUJ953220.534
TN954200.767
BENG94418-0.115
J + K93612-0.855
TPURA92610-0.58
RAJ9278-0.971
ASSAM9168-2.005
Plate Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
Bihar870302.724
UKHND871281.82
PONDI851241.727
NAGA853200.909
MEGHA844160.791
MNPR82510-0.197
ARPR82510-1.928
MIZOR8166-2.467
SIKM8080-3.182