RESULT
1st Semi-final, Delhi, February 24, 2018, Vijay Hazare Trophy
(30.3/50 ov, T:161) 164/1

Karnataka won by 9 wickets (with 117 balls remaining)

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Agarwal continues storming run as Karnataka enter final

The opener made his sixth 80-plus score in seven innings in the tournament and added 155 with Karun Nair in a nine-wicket win against Maharashtra

Mayank Agarwal punches the ball down the ground, South Zone v West Zone, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter Zonal, Mumbai, February 16, 2017

Mayank Agarwal punches the ball down the ground  •  ESPNcricinfo

Mayank Agarwal crossed 2000 runs across formats this season, scoring an 86-ball 81 in the presence of the national selectors in Delhi, during Karnataka's nine-wicket win against Maharashtra in the first semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. This was Agarwal's sixth 80-plus score in seven innings in the tournament. His opening partner and Karnataka captain Karun Nair made an unbeaten 70 and hit the winning runs after the pair had put together 155 in a 161 chase.
Maharashtra lost opener Ruturaj Gaikwad in the first over after electing to bat. A second-wicket stand of 57 between Shrikant Mundhe (50) and Rahul Tripathi (18) would be their most substantial one as first the seamers and then offspinner K Gowtham (3 for 26) ensured the wickets fell regularly. Following the run-out of Ankit Bawne, Naushad Shaikh (42) kept the innings afloat before being the last man dismissed. Fast bowler Prasidh Krishna finished with figures of 2 for 26.
Agarwal, on the back of a 140 against Hyderabad in the quarter-final, started the chase with a six and four off the first two balls. He got Karnataka off to a quick start and forced Maharashtra to bring on the left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav (1 for 32) early to try and restrict the runs. Maharashtra failed to capitalise on the offered chances and the opening pair went about the chase with the run rate barely falling below five at any point.
In the final, Karnataka will face either Saurashtra or Andhra, who face off in the second semi-final at Palam on Saturday.

Karnataka Innings
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Vijay Hazare Trophy
Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
BRODA6510202.012
KNTKA6410181.489
PNJB6330120.473
ODISA633012-0.224
RLYS633012-0.444
HRYNA623010-0.426
ASSAM60600-2.401
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MAHA6410180.878
DELHI6420160.727
KER6320140.288
HP632014-0.108
UP633012-0.563
BENG6230100.007
TPURA60600-1.127
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
AP6600240.626
MUM6420160.324
MP6330120.112
GOA633012-0.411
TN624080.468
RAJ62408-0.791
GUJ61504-0.321
Group D
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
HYD6510200.646
SAU6420161.017
VIDAR6420160.718
CGARH642016-0.103
JKAND624080.325
J + K62408-1.040
SVCS60600-1.508