- UP won the match by 46 runs to make it to the semi-finals
- A 129-run partnership for the fifth wicket between wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav (112) and captain Karan Sharma (83) brought UP to victory
New Delhi: Delhi lost to Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-final match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy ODI cricket tournament on Tuesday. Vijay Hazare defeated in the quarterfinals of the Trophy by 46 runs. After a century of wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav (112) and a 129-run partnership for the fifth wicket with skipper Karan Sharma (83), the bowlers’ strong performance led Uttar Pradesh to the semi-finals, winning the match by 46 runs. Uttar Pradesh will face Gujarat in the semi-finals while Mumbai will face Karnataka in the second semi-final. Batting first after losing the toss, Uttar Pradesh reduced Delhi’s innings to 234 runs in 48.1 overs after scoring 280 runs for seven wickets.
Chasing a competitive target at Arun Jaitly stadium, Delhi, half of Delhi’s team returned to the pavilion before 20 overs. Young fast bowler Shivam Mavi (one wicket for 31 runs) was bowling brilliantly but was removed from the attack after putting the beamer twice.
For Delhi, Lalit Yadav (61) and wicketkeeper Anuj Rawat (47) raised the hopes of the host team by sharing 104 runs for the sixth wicket. However, Mavi broke the partnership by sending Lalit Yadav to the pavilion after which Delhi’s batting was shattered.
Earlier Uttar Pradesh also had a very poor start and the team lost three wickets for 25 runs. Skipper Karan and Akshdeep Nath (15) added 41 runs for the fourth wicket, trying to get the innings back on track when Simranjit (2 for 51) broke the partnership with Akshdeep’s wicket in the 17th over.
After this, Karan and Upendra Yadav shared 129 runs for the fifth wicket and laid the foundation for a big score. The duo made several eye-catching shots after playing well in the beginning. Upendra hit 11 fours and two sixes in a 101-ball innings, while Karan hit 11 fours in a 100-ball innings. After Karan’s dismissal, Sameer Chaudhary, besides giving good support to Upendra, played an unbeaten innings of 43 runs in 35 balls, which enabled the team to score 280 runs. Simranjeet and captain Pradeep Sangwan took two wickets each for Delhi.