Vijay Hazare Trophy Quarter-Finals and other match highlights:
- Chasing 230, Delhi won by 5 wickets against Haryana
- Gautam Gambhir smashed a 72 ball 104
- Mumbai decimated Bihar to dismiss them for just 69 in the second quarter-final on the day
- They chased down the target with 9 wickets to spare
Coming back to Vijay Hazare Trophy Quarter-Finals, Delhi and Mumbai sailed into the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare trophy on Sunday with comfortable wins in their quarter-final ties. Delhi chased down the 230 run target set to them by Haryana with 5 wickets to spare, riding high on captain Gautam Gambhir’s ton. Mumbai, on the other hand, destructed Bihar’s batting line-up to dismiss them for a petty 69 runs and ease to a 9 wicket victory.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first didn’t pan out for Haryana as they would have imagined. Striking early, Kulwant Khejroliya and Navdeep Saini reduced Haryana to 42-3 in 11.3 overs giving their side the upper hand in the early stages of the match. A knock of 85 by Chaitanya Bishnoi at that point helped his side build their innings back. A partnership between him and Chanidla (59) of over a 100 runs saw them take their side to a healthy total of 160 going into the final 10 overs.
Their dismissals came to the worst point though for Haryana with the rest of the batting order failing to turn up. A poor batting performance has been Haryana’s story this entire tournament and it ultimately leads to their demise against a well-oiled and experienced Delhi side. With five of their batsmen departing for single figures, Haryana’s last seven wickets fell for 69 runs as they failed to see out the full length of their overs to finish at 229 from 49.1.
Group B Toppers Delhi came through to the quarter-finals with six wins and a draw courtesy of their strong batting line-up. Turning up for his side once again, Gambhir scored a magnificent knock of 104 off just 72 balls to steer his side in the right direction come to the chase. Gambhir’s knock was worth its weight in gold; a knock that saw him become the 9th Indian batsman to cross 10,000 runs in List A cricket and 6th Indian batsman to score over 6,000 runs in List A cricket in India.
His dismal lead to a mini-crisis for his side with Delhi losing their way a bit mid-innings before Nitish Rana stabilised the innings. The chase was comfortable for Delhi from thereon who ended up sealing an easy 5 wicket win.
Going up against traditional warhorses Mumbai, the going was never going to be easy for Bihar. Coming into the quarter-finals as plate division toppers, Bihar faced their first big test of the Vijay Hazare trophy on Sunday when they took on a Mumbai line-up that had ended up as group A winners. With Rohit Sharma coming back into the Mumbai setup to bolster an already strong unit, Bihar knew they would have to put in a performance of a lifetime if they were to have chances of progressing.
A contest between the unequal panned out in a fashion that not even the most pessimist of Bihar supporter would have predicted though. Batting first, Bihar’s batsmen fell like nine pins with half the side back in the hunt for 53. Tushar Deshpande picked up the first four Bihar wickets and added a wicket late on to complete his fiver which along with Mulani’s three wickets ended Bihar’s misery at 63.
Rohit Sharma’s 33 saw his side to a clinical nine-wicket win. For more details on Vijay Hazare Trophy Quarter-Finals and related updates, like and subscribe to tentaran.com.