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Syed Mushtaq Ali | Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Make it to Final in Repeat of Vijay Hazare Trophy

Devdutt Padikkal and KL Rahul smashed half-centuries as Karnataka made light work of a seemingly stiff target set by Haryana to qualify for the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019.

Cricketnext Staff |November 29, 2019, 9:35 PM IST
Syed Mushtaq Ali | Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Make it to Final in Repeat of Vijay Hazare Trophy

Surat: Devdutt Padikkal and KL Rahul smashed half-centuries as Karnataka made light work of a seemingly stiff target set by Haryana to qualify for the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019.

In the other semifinal, bowlers set up a comfortable win for Tamil Nadu against Rajasthan to set up a title clash with Karnataka on Sunday. The two teams had played the Vijay Hazare Trophy final too, which Karnataka won.

Karnataka v Haryana

Haryana posted 194 for 8 in 20 overs, but Padikkal (87 off 42) and Rahul (66 off 31) ensured Karnataka chased it down in just 15 overs. Earlier, Abhimanyu Mithun had picked up 5 for 39 from four overs, all five wickets coming in the final over of the innings, including four in a row. Himanshu Rana (61 off 34) and Chaitanya Bishnoi (55 off 35) had scored half-centuries in vain for Haryana.

The pitch was a belter, and boundaries short. Karnataka got a rapid start, with Rahul and Padikkal adding 82 in the Power Play. They carried the momentum into the next phase of the innings taking the game away from Haryana. Even the experienced Yuzvendra Chahal (0 for 40 in 3 overs) and Amit Mishra (0 for 36 in 3 overs) were taken to the cleaners.

Rahul smashed six sixes and four fours, while Padikkal hit four sixes and 11 fours. Rahul fell in the 10th over but Mayank Agarwal (30* off 14) joined Padikkal to take the game forward.

Earlier, Karnataka opted to field first but it was Haryana who got off to a strong start. Harshal Patel and Chaitanya Bishnoi smashed 67 off 40 balls in their opening stand to set the base.

Harshal and Shivam Chauhan fell in quick succession but Bishnoi carried on to get to his half-century with Himanshu Rana providing steady support. Bishnoi was run out after his half-century but Rana took over, adding 80 for the fourth wicket with Rahul Tewatia, who scored 32 off 20. Rana too had accelerated, reaching 61 off just 34 balls.

Haryana had all the momentum but Karnataka grabbed it in the final over with Mithun taking five wickets in six balls, including four in a row. Haryana kept going for their shots, understandably, and Mithun helped himself to the wickets of Rana, Tewatia, Sumit Kumar, Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav.

Tamil Nadu v Rajasthan

Opting to field, Tamil Nadu restricted Rajasthan to 112 for 9 in 20 overs before chasing it down with seven wickets and 13 balls in hand, Washington Sundar scoring 54*.

Rajasthan's innings never got going, although captain Deepak Chahar promoted himself to open the batting. He began with a six but was soon bowled by Sai Kishore to begin a procession.

Chahar's opening partner Ankit Lamba slogged Washington Sundar to the deep and was caught well by M Ashwin. Rajasthan struggled for momentum losing regular wickets as Tamil Nadu's spinners kept things tight.

Tamil Nadu's medium pacers did well too, with T Natarajan and Vijay Shankar striking thrice in the middle overs. Rajasthan were 76 for 7 and in danger of being bowled out for less than a 100, but Chandrapal Singh and Ravi Bishnoi scored some late runs to take them past 110.

Vijay Shankar was the most successful bowler with 2 for 13 from 4 overs, while Sai Kishore, M Siddharth, Natarajan and R Ashwin got one each. Rajesh Bishnoi's 23 off 22 was the highest score for Rajasthan.

Tamil Nadu lost Hari Nishant for a duck as Chahar started with a wicket maiden. R Ashwin, who was a surprise opener, was scratchy but Washington Sundar looked fluent as he has done through the tournament.

The two added 69 for the second wicket, with R Ashwin sticking around for a 33-ball 31. It was not the best of efforts but the low target meant Tamil Nadu were on course. Dinesh Karthik scored 17 off 18, while Washington remained unbeaten to complete the formalities.

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