Tamil Nadu knocked out of Vijay Hazare trophy

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In a virtual pre-quarterfinal encounter, it was Haryana who came out on top beating Tamil Nadu by 77 runs at IIT Chemplast, Chennai on Tuesday (October 9). Rahul Tewatia’s assault towards the end of the innings tilted the game in favour of Haryana as the legspinning allrounder scored a swashbuckling 59-ball 91.
Electing to bat, Haryana never really took off as the openers took a cautious approach. The impetus to the innings was provided by number four batsman Himanshu Rana. His positive attitude rubbed off on the rest of the batsmen, especially Tewatia, coming in at number seven, who added 141 runs in 92 balls with Rana. That onslaught gave Haryana a total of 310.
Tamil Nadu had to win to keep their hopes alive and they did not get off to the best of starts. Jagadeesan departing in the second over. Mukund and Murali Vijay steadied the innings, but two quick wickets put them on the backfoot once again. Tamil Nadu kept losing wickets at regular intervals from thereon and never really could challenge the target.
Brief scores: Haryana 310/6 in 50 overs (Himanshu Rana 89*, Rahul Tewatia 91*; Varun 2/55) beat Tamil Nadu 233/9 in 50 overs (Abhinav Mukund 47, Vijay Shankar 44; Tewatia 2/27, Jayant Yadav 2/37) by 77 runs
Assam v Tripura
Assam recorded the first win of their Vijay Hazare campaign by beating Tripura by 8 wickets at Murugappa Ground, Chennai on Tuesday (October 9). In an inconsequential encounter between the two sides, Assam’s bowling nullified Bishal Ghosh’s hundred and set up the victory.
Opting to bat, Tripura got off to a steady start thanks to openers Bishal and Smit Patel. There was a slight wobble when they lost their first three wickets for four runs, then a 79-run stand for the fourth wicket put them back on track, but the Assam bowlers did not allow the lower middle order to flourish and bowled them out for 209. Ghosh was the only batsman to show application and reached his hundred in the 48th over, he was the 9th wicket to fall.
Assam started the chase in blazing fashion even though they lost Avijit Roy early, the other opener Riyan Parag and Rishav Das stitched a 104-run partnership to set the tone. The latter continued batting after losing his partner to see his side through. The right-hander remained unbeaten on 87.
Brief scores: Tripura 209 in 49.1 overs (Bishal Ghosh 100; Arup Das 3/25, Abu Nechim 3/35) lost to Assam 211/2 in 44.1 overs (Riyan Parag 82, Rishav Das 87*) by 8 wickets.
Services v Rajasthan
Rajasthan ended their tournament on a high by beating a consistent Services side by seven wickets at SSN College Ground, Chennai on Tuesday (October 9). Having won only one game before this, Rajasthan’s bowlers stepped up to restrict the Services’ batting order, with Rahul Chahar being the pick of the bowlers.
Services started their innings without any hiccups and were cruising along at 109/3 when Rahul Chahar ran through the side. Having removed opener Nakul Verma early on, the leg-spinner kick-started the collapse by sending back set batsman Rajat Paliwal. He picked three wickets in seven balls to break Services’ middle order. It was such a blow that they could not recover and were rolled over for 139, Chahar finishing with 5 for 29.
Chasing a small total, Rajasthan lost opener Amitkumar Gautam early, but Abhijeet Tomar and Manendar Singh saw off the difficult phase to keep the chase on track. The latter remained unbeaten on 83 and had useful partnerships for the second and third wicket. Rajashtan overhauled the target with 7 overs to spare.
Brief scores: Services 139 in 41.1 overs (Ravi Chauhan 47; Rahul Chahar 5/29, Rajesh Bishnoi 2/25) lost to Rajasthan 140/3 in 43 overs (Manendar Singh 83*) by 7 wickets.

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