Gujarat became the first time to qualify in the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 on Monday. They beat Andhra Pradesh in the first quarter-final game by a big margin of 117 runs. Batting first, Gujarat posted a formidable 299-run total in the first innings. Skipper Priyank Panchal scored a sensational 134-run knock off just 131 balls, including 10 fours and 2 sixes. While wickets kept falling at regular intervals, Panchal never let the opposition attain an upper hand. Instead, Gujarat ended up managing a par score of 299 runs in their 50 overs.
The bowlers bowled brilliantly in the second innings to bundle out Andhra Pradesh for just 182 runs. Arzan Nagwaswalla accounted for the wicket of both the openers. Andhra Pradesh, as a result, were reeling at 21 for 3 inside the first six overs.
The wickets kept falling as the batsmen failed to make a partnership. Ricky Bhui (67) led a lone battle but it wasn’t enough to take his team over the line. Piyush Chawla got him out in the 28th over as the seventh wicket and it was only a matter of time after that.
Arzan Nagwaswalla was the pick of the bowlers for Gujarat. He ended with outstanding figures of 4 for 30 in 8 overs. Piyush Chawla bowled beautifully in the all-important game. He took 3 for 33 in 8.2 overs. Karnataka won the second quarter-final after beating Kerala by a margin of 80 runs. Devdutt Padikkal struck his fourth consecutive century in the tournament as his knock helped the team reach the semis. The quarter-final three and quarter-final four will take place on Tuesday.