Vijay Hazare Trophy: Prithvi Shaw blazes 185 off 123 balls as Mumbai book semi-final ticket, Uttar Pradesh also advance

Prithvi Shaw played a blistering knock of 185 from 123 deliveries as Mumbai marched into the semi-finals of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy on Tuesday. The 21-year-old also went on to slam the highest individual score by an Indian during a run-chase in List A cricket.

Chasing a stiff 285-run target against Saurashtra, Shaw along with U-19 star Yashasvi Jaiswal provided Mumbai with a solid start in the clash at New Delhi’s Palam Stadium. The pair added 238 for the first wicket as Mumbai wrapped up the proceedings in 41.5 overs. 

This was Shaw’s third century in the tournament after slamming 105* against Delhi and 227* against Puducherry in the league stage. 

Shaw’s match-winning knock included 21 fours and seven sixes and remained unbeaten to guide his side home. His partner Yashasvi scored 75 from 104 balls before being dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat.  

Opting to bat, Saurashtra rode on Samarth Vyas’ unbeaten 90 to post 284/5.  

Shaw, who now holds the record for the highest individual score in the tournament, kept playing his shots and completed his 50 off 29 balls. The youngster continued the onslaught and notched up his hundred in 67 balls even as the opening duo added 238 for the first wicket and laid the foundation for the win. Jaiswal perished when Mumbai was on the cusp of a win. Shaw, then in Aditya Tare’s (20 not out) company completed the formalities with ease.

Earlier, Saurashtra openers Snell Patel (30) and Avi Barot (37 off 49 balls; 5×4) gave the side a steady start conjuring 58 runs. Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (2/51) gave Mumbai the first breakthrough after castling Patel. Mumbai then pegged back Saurashtra as they snared two quick wickets and left them in a spot of bother at 85 for three.

All-rounder Shivam Dube (1/43) removed Barot, who was caught by Tanush Kotian, while Mulani sent back Prerak Mankad (4). One-drop batsman Vishvarajsinh Jadeja (53 off 69 balls; 4×4; 1×6), continued to play a steady innings, but he didn’t get the support at the other end.

Mumbai offie Tanush Kotian gave Saurashtra the fourth blow after dismissing Arpit Vasavada (10) cheaply as they were reeling at 121/4. When it looked like Jadeja and Vyas were taking the game away, 21-year-old leggie Prashant Solanki removed the former as Saurashtra lost half its side for 155.

But Vyas, who came in at number six, and Chirag Jani (53 not out off 38 balls), then rallied the innings and provided the much-needed momentum with their 129-run unbroken stand for sixth wicket. Vyas hammered seven boundaries and four maximums, while Jani struck five fours and one six, as the duo toyed with the Mumbai attack.

Brief scores:

Saurashtra 284/5 (Samarth Vyas 90 not out, Chirag Jani 53 not out; Shams Mulani 2/51; Tanush Kotian 1/30) lost to Mumbai 285/1 (Prithvi Shaw 185 not out, Yashasvi Jaiswal 75; Jaydev Unadkat 1/52) by 9 wickets.  

Uttar Pradesh comfortably beat Delhi by 46 runs to reach semis

A disciplined Uttar Pradesh put up a thoroughly professional performance to outwit Delhi by 46 runs in the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in New Delhi on Tuesday. UP will now meet Gujarat in the first semi-final while heavyweights Mumbai will be pitted against Karnataka in the other last four clash. Uttar Pradesh rode on keeper-batsman Upendra Yadav’s stroke-filled 112 off 101 balls and skipper Karan Sharma’s 83 off 100 deliveries to post a competitive 280/7. The UP bowlers then did well enough to restrict Delhi to 234 in 48.1 overs with none of the middle-order batsmen getting a move on after a top-order collapse, having lost half of the side within 20 overs.

Shivam Mavi 1/31 in 8.2 overs was brilliant until he had to be taken off the attack for bowling a couple of beamers. But it was the spinners Shivam Sharma (1/33 in 10 overs) and off-spinner Sameer Choudhary (0/25 in 6 overs) who put the brakes in the middle overs when Lalit Yadav (61 off 78 balls) and Anuj Rawat (47 off 64 balls) couldn’t break the shackles.
Put into bat at the Kotla, UP suffered a top-order collapse and was tottering at 25 for 3.

Both the openers Abhishek Goswami (6) and Madhav Kaushik (16) fell cheaply. While Goswami top-edged to wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat off pacer and skipper Pradeep Sangwan (2/49), Kaushik too top-edged to Rawat off left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya (1/50). Young Priyam Garg (0) was found short by a direct throw from Hiten Dalal as UP found itself in all sorts of trouble.

Skipper Karan (83) and veteran Akshdeep Nath (15) tried to steady the ship with their 41-run fourth wicket stand, but Nath perished in the 17th over, as he also edged to Rawat off Simarjeet Singh (2/51).

At 66/4, Karan and wicket-keeper Upendra Yadav rallied with Yadav playing initially playing second fiddle initially before launching a counter attack. The two conjured crucial 129-runs for the fifth wicket to pull the team out of trouble. While Sharma hammered 11 fours in his 100-ball knock, Yadav struck 11 boundaries and two maximums in his innings, as the two took on the Delhi bowlers.

UP were 150/4 after 32 overs and were in pursuit of a decent total. But of-spinner Lalit dismissed Sharma in the 39th over. Then Upendra took the onus on himself and found an able ally in Sameer Choudhary, who chipped in with quick-fire unbeaten 43 off 35 balls, which enabled them to go past the 275-run mark.

Brief Scores:

Uttar Pradesh 280/7 (Upendra Yadav 112, Karan Sharma 83; Pradeep Sangwan 2/49, Simarjeet Singh 2/51) beat Delhi 234 in 48.1 overs (Lalit Yadav 61, Anuj Rawat 47, Akshdeep Nath 2/29, Shivam Mavi 1/32).  

– with PTI inputs

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