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Hazare Trophy: Vidarbha pips Himachal to reach semis~~

Published: Sunday, April 6, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Vizag: Vidarbha, riding on Faiz Fazal's workmanlike 64 (121 balls, 5X4s) and all-round effort from Ravi Jangid (36&3/36), overwhelmed Himachal Pradesh by 29 runs to book semis' berth of the All India One-day Inter-zone Vijay Hazare knockout trophy at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Saturday.

Vidarbha opting to bat first made a decent  204 all out in 49.4 overs. Fazal and Jangid revived the surprise qualifiers from West with 73-run stand for the third wicket after HP new-ball bowler Ashok Thakur struck early to leave 'em in a spot of bother at 19/2.

The surprise qualifiers from the West Zone suffered a slump in the middle overs thanks to couple of run outs and departure of well set Fazal before Urvesh Patel (40) and Viraj Kadbe (31) resurrected with a brisk 46-run stand in the last 10 overs.

Ashok Patel was the pick of HP bowlers with 4 for 38. His new-ball partner V S Malik claimed 2/40.

In reply, Himachal collapsed against Vidharba slow bowlers Jangid (3/36) and Kadbe (2/47) and managed just 175 all out in 45.4 overs. Sangram Singh top-scored with a patient 38 while Maninder Bisla made 37. Paras Dogra was the other major contributor with 22.

Vidharbha will play Saurashtra in the semifinal April eight.

Brief Scores:

Vidarbha 204 all out in 49.4 overs ( Faiz Fazal 64, Urvesh Patel 40, Ravi Jangid 36, Viraj Kadbe 31; Ashok Thakur 4 for 38, Malik 2 for 40) beat Himachal 175 all out in 45.4 overs (Sangram Singh 38, Maninder Bisla 37, Paras Dogra 22; Jangid 3 for 36, Kadbe 2 for 47).

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