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RESULT
1st semi final (D/N), Rajkot, December 13, 2023, Vijay Hazare Trophy
293/7
(47.1/50 ov, T:294) 230

Haryana won by 63 runs

Player Of The Match
116* (118)
himanshu-rana
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Himanshu ton and all-round bowling lead Haryana into their maiden Vijay Hazare final

Tamil Nadu's star-studded batting line-up failed to chase down 294 despite Haryana missing Chahal

Vishal Dikshit
Vishal Dikshit
13-Dec-2023
File photo: Himanshu Rana scored his second century of the season  •  Getty Images

File photo: Himanshu Rana scored his second century of the season  •  Getty Images

Haryana 293 for 7 (Himanshu 116*, Yuvraj 65, Sumit 48, Natarajan 3-79) beat Tamil Nadu 230 (Indrajit 64, Kamboj 4-30) by 63 runs
Haryana stormed into their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy final by thrashing five-time champions and a star-studded Tamil Nadu in the first semi-final in Rajkot. Haryana's historic win was set up by an unbeaten century from No. 3 Himanshu Rana, a blitzy finish from Sumit Kumar that propelled the score to 293 for 7, and the bowling attack that combined to bowl out Tamil Nadu for 230 in the absence of their lead spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who left for South Africa for national duty.
Opting to bat, Haryana started slow before Yuvraj Singh and Himanshu picked up pace with a second-wicket partnership of 132. The middle order, however, could not capitalise on Yuvraj's 65 off 79 and Haryana slipped from 170 for 2 to 206 for 6 as most batters fell while attempting big shots. Himanshu, meanwhile, continued to pull and drive to anchor the innings before the No. 8 Sumit joined Himanshu to lift Haryana again. He started with a first-ball six and smoked three fours and two more sixes for a game-changing partnership of 75 off 42 that ensured Haryana collected 69 runs in the last five, including 43 runs off three overs from T Natarajan, and a 19-run over from Varun Chakravarthy.
Himanshu brought up his century off 110 balls and scored nearly half of his runs in boundaries, with 11 fours and two sixes that earned him his second century of the tournament.
Tamil Nadu were dented in their chase even before it started because their regular No. 3 Baba Indrajit injured his face by slipping in the bathroom in the innings break, and had to move down to No. 5. Haryana strengthened their position further in the game by dismissing Baba Aparajith - caught down the leg side - and Hari Nishaanth within the first three overs. Vijay Shankar dug in for nearly 50 minutes but he was run-out while attempting a very risky single, and the well-set N Jagadeesan soon lobbed a catch to short fine leg off a sweep. Tamil Nadu were 76 for 4 in the 21st over and even though they still had Indrajith, captain Dinesh Karthik and Shahrukh Khan left, neither could take them close to the target.
With the asking rate already over 7.50 an over, Karthik smashed three sixes over the midwicket boundary and Indrajith scored a brisk half-century with strokes all around the ground. Karthik, however, miscued a pull to be caught at midwicket in the 31st over, and Shahrukh holed out three overs later to all but seal's Tamil Nadu's elimination. Anshul Kamboj soon had Indrajith caught at short fine leg and struck two more times in consecutive overs to finish with 4 for 30.
Karthik lamented the loss by saying that it was a "very chasable total," and credited his fast bowlers but said his batters did not really click when they needed big partnerships, an area he wanted his team to improve in to score big totals.
Haryana captain Ashok Menaria lauded his team for stepping up in the absence of Chahal, especially because he admitted that at the halfway stage, he thought 293 would not be enough.

Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Vijay Hazare Trophy

Group A
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Group B
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MAHA7520200.985
SVCS7520200.390
HYD7430160.899
CGR7430160.451
JHK7430160.136
MEGHA71604-1.361
MNPR70700-2.866
Group C
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HRYNA7700281.891
KNTKA7610241.680
UKHND7520200.691
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CHD7340120.777
J + K724010-0.456
MIZO71604-3.298
BIHAR70602-2.116
Group D
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RAJ6600241.870
GUJ6410180.910
UP6420160.833
HP6330120.824
AP61406-0.769
ARP61504-2.946
ASSAM61504-0.924
Group E
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TN6510200.944
BENG6510202.100
MP6420160.478
BRODA6330120.070
PNJB6330120.800
GOA61504-0.303
NAGA60600-6.273