Vijay Hazare trophy semi-final match highlights:
∙ Mumbai won by 60 runs via the VJD method
∙ Chasing 247, Mumbai were at 155-2 after 25 overs before rain stopped play
∙ They will face the winner of Delhi Vs Jharkhand in the final
Coming back to Vijay Hazare trophy semi-final match highlights, Mumbai brushed aside Hyderabad with ease to win by 60 runs and book their place in the final of the Vijay Hazare trophy. Chasing 249, Mumbai were fired to 155-2 in 25 overs by Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer before rain brought an end to proceedings. Well ahead of the required total of 95 at the point, Mumbai ended up winning the match by 60 runs via VJD.
Batting first on a batting friendly pitch, Hyderabad failed to exploit the conditions to their advantage. They were off to a shaky start with both the openers Tanmay Agarwal and Akshat Reddy back in the pavilion inside 26 runs. Captain Ambati Rayadu too failed to hold the fort, departing cheaply for 11 off 17 balls. Reeling at 123-6, 200 looked a distant score away for Hyderabad before Rohit Rayadu helped them to a competitive 246-8.
Walking in at a point when his team was collapsing like a house of cards, Rohit started off slowly, looking to play the anchor role. It took him 92 balls to reach his half-century; one that saw him hit just 2 boundaries. Past his 50 and with overs drying up, Rayadu switched gears quickly to up Hyderabad’s run-rate. Scoring his next 71 runs in just 40 balls, Raydu registered a score of 121, one that helped his side be in the game going into the chase.
Coming out to chase, Mumbai’s openers Rohit Sharma and Prithvi Shaw were in no mood to waste time. Continuing from where he had left off in the West Indies series, Shaw clobbered Hyderabad’s bowlers from the word go. Living on a knife’s edge in the early part of his innings, it didn’t take Shaw long to get on top off Hyderabad’s bowlers. Creaming Akash Bhandari through midwicket, one through the covers and over deep midwicket for three boundaries in the third over, Shaw showed that there was only one way he was going to go about this chase.
With Rohit Sharma continuously rotating strike, the duo worked in tandem to put on an opening stand of 73. Left-arm spinner Mehdi Hassan did try to bring his side back into the game with two quick wickets of Sharma and Shaw but Mumbai’s captain Shreyas Iyer was fast in repairing the damage. Scoring 55 before rain stopped the match; Iyer took his side to a healthy 155-2, keeping them well ahead of the required VJD total.
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