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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Army enters semi-finals after defeating Kerala

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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Army enters semi-finals after defeating Kerala

In the fourth quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Army defeated Kerala by 7 wickets to reach the final. Opener Ravi Chauhan and captain Rajat Paliwal shone in this victory of the army, including their bowlers, who contributed with the bat. Batting first, Kerala had set a target of 176 runs in front of Army, which they achieved in 30.5 overs with the help of Chauhan’s 95 and Paliwal’s 65.

Earlier, after losing the toss, the Kerala team came out to bat in front of fast bowlers Divesh Pathania (3 for 19), Abhishek Tiwary (2 for 33) and Pulkit Narang (two wickets for 51 runs) in front of the sharp bowling 175 in 40.4 overs. Stacked on the run. For Kerala, opener Rohan Kunumal scored 85 runs before being run out.

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Pathania dealt a double blow to Kerala in the seventh over by dismissing Mohammad Azharuddin (07) and Jalaj Saxena (00) in successive deliveries. Rohan and Vinoop Manoharan (41) took the innings by adding 81 runs for the third wicket. Narang broke this partnership by taking a catch of Vinoop on his own ball. Kerala then lost wickets at regular intervals.

Rohan, however, held on to one end. He completed his second List A half-century in 77 balls. However, Rohan was run out in the 37th over as the sixth batsman, after which it did not take long for Kerala’s innings to be wrapped up. Rohan faced 106 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes.

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Chasing the target, the army also lost the wickets of Lakhan Singh (04) and Mumtaz Qadir (04) early, taking the team’s score to 12 for two in the second over itself. Both the wickets were taken by Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan (2 for 23). Chauhan and Paliwal, however, shattered the hopes of a comeback in Kerala with a century partnership.

Chouhan, batting aggressively, completed his 47-ball half-century. Captain Paliwal batted patiently and gave more strike to Chauhan. Army will face Himachal Pradesh in the semi-finals on Friday in Jaipur itself.

(With PTI Inputs)

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