A disciplined Uttar Pradesh defeated Delhi by 46 runs in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in new Delhi on Tuesday. UP will now take on Gujarat in the first semi-final, while Mumbai will be heavyweight, against Karnataka in the other last four clashes. Uttar Pradesh scored 112 runs off 101 balls by keeper batsman Upendra Yadav and scored 280/7 with the help of captain Karan Sharma's 83-run partnership of 100 runs. UP bowlers restricted Delhi to 234 runs in 48.1 overs. None of the middle-order batsmen got a move after the collapse of the top order, which ended their half in 20 overs.
Shivam Mavi performed brilliantly, scoring 1/31 in 8.2 overs, until he had to come out of the attack to bowl a pair of beamers.
But it was spinner Shivam Sharma (1/33 in 10 overs) and off-spinner Sameer Chaudhary (0/25 in 6 overs), who got breaks in the middle overs by Lalit Yadav (61 off 78 balls) and Anuj Rawat. 47 off 64 balls) Could not break a century.
Batting at Kotla, UP suffered a drop in the top order and were tottering for 3. 3 on 25. Both the openers Abhishek Goswami (6) and Madhav Kaushik (16) fell cheaply.
Goswami dismissed wicketkeeper Anuj Rawat out of pacer and captain Pradeep Sangwan (2/49), while Kaushik also had left-arm fast bowler Kulwant Chhajrolia (1/50) caught by Rawat.
Young Priyam Garg (0) was found to be less than a direct throw by Hiten Dalal as UP found itself in every kind of trouble.
Skipper Karan (83) and veteran Akshdeep Nath (15) tried to stabilize the ship with their 41-run fourth wicket, but in the 17th over, Nath faltered as he also defeated Simarjit Singh (2/51). Caught in the hands of Rawat.
Karan on 4 for 66 and wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav rallied with Yadav.
Both scored 129 runs for the fifth wicket.
While Sharma hit 11 fours in his 100-ball innings, Yadav hit 11 fours and two sixes in his innings as both of them beat the Delhi bowlers fiercely.
UP was 150/4 after 32 overs and in search of a good total. But off-spinner Lalit dismissed Sharma in the 39th over. Upendra then attacked himself and found a capable ally in Sameer Chaudhary, who scored an unbeaten innings of 43 off 35 balls, leading him to a score of 275 runs.
Brief Score: Uttar Pradesh 280/7 (Upendra Yadav 112, Karan Sharma 83; Pradeep Sangwan 2/49, Simarjit Singh 2/51) beat Delhi 234 in 48.1 overs (Lalit Yadav 61, Anuj Rawat 47, Akshdeep Nath 2 / 29) Shivam Mavi 1/32).
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