Hyderabad hold on to qualify

File photo – S Badrinath saw Hyderabad through to stumps to secure their qualification to the knockout stage © Sivaraman Kitta

Hyderabad held on after being aided by a fog delay draw their match against Andhra in Lucknow and seal the second knockout qualification spot from Group C.

Hyderabad had gone to stumps at 13 for 1 after a bold declaration by Andhra – who would have qualified with an outright win – had set them a target of 219. However, the entire first session was lost due to fog and only 40 overs were bowled in the day after that, which wasn’t enough time for Andhra to take ten wickets. They could manage only five, as Hyderabad shut shop and went for the one point they needed. They were reduced to 36 for 5 in the process, but captain S Badrinath and wicketkeeper K Sumanth batted together for nearly 20 overs, and added as many runs, to take them through.

Himachal Pradesh‘s spinners, led by offspinner Gurvinder Singh, took eight wickets between them to dismiss Goa for 286 and set up a seven-wicket win on the last day of the group stage in Mumbai.

Gurvinder took four wickets, including that of Darshan Misal (119) who scored his second century of the match. Sumiran Amonkar (55) was the only other batsman to make a significant contribution, but he had fallen in the second over of the day that Goa had begun on 99 for 2. They lost regular wickets as Bipul Sharma (2-36) and Mayank Dagar (2-77) joined Gurvinder in bowling 60.4 of the 84.4 overs Goa batted before being bowled out for 286, setting HP 139 to win.

HP went about the chase in similar batting fashion to their first innings – striking at over five runs per over – and chased it down in the 28th over. Paras Dogra led their chase with an unbeaten 55 off 69 balls.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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