Jagadeesan, Chopra shine as Tamil Nadu and Himachal qualify for semis

The Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22’s first two quarterfinals were both one-sided encounters. Tamil Nadu overcame arch-rivals Karnataka by 151 runs to advance to the semifinals, while Himachal Pradesh defeated Uttar Pradesh by five wickets to secure a spot in the final.

At KL Saini Ground in Jaipur, the Tamil Nadu batting line-up hit the ground running, posting a mammoth score of 354/8 in their 20 overs. N Jagadeesan smashed a century, while R Sai Kishore and Shahrukh Khan each struck a half-century. Karnataka, in turn, suddenly threw in the towel early and never returned to the game.

At Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Himachal held Uttar Pradesh to just 207/9 and then chased down the score with more than four overs to spare. Prashant Chopra missed short on a century by one run, but he and Nikhil Gangta made sure UP didn’t have a chance in the second half. Himachal Pradesh defeated Uttar Pradesh for the first time in the Vijay Hazare Trophy’s history, and they are only making it to the semi-finals for the second time.

The target was enormous, but Karnataka had the batting line-up to match it. They got off to the worst possible start, though, as Devdutt Padikkal (nought) was dismissed in the second over. After that, Rohan Kadam (24) and Krishnamurthy Siddharth (29) put together a respectable 59-run stand for the second wicket, but they were unable to turn it into something meaningful. Before Manimaran Siddharth grabbed the huge scalp of Manish Pandey (9) and put Tamil Nadu in command, the duo perished in the space of two overs.

Abhinav Manohar (32 balls, 34 runs), Srinivas Sharath (65 balls, 43 runs), and Praveen Dubey (25 balls, 26 runs) all got starts, but it wasn’t enough. They were bowled out for 203 runs in 39 overs after losing wickets at regular intervals. R Silambarasan took four wickets for Tamil Nadu, while Washington took three for the visitors.