Draw of lots help Punjab, Kerala fight it out in semis
Chennai: Draw of lots helped Punjab and Kerala to progress to the semifinals, while Mumbai and Karnataka will cross swords in the other last-four encounter in the All India Buchi Babu Memorial Cricket Tournament.
At the end of the league phase, all three round robin matches among four teams each in Group C and D failed to yield any result either due to rain or unfinished matches.
Draw of lots was applied, in which Punjab (Group-C) and Kerala (Group-D) were lucky to advance to the semifinals to be played on Thursday. In Group-B, both Rajasthan and Karnataka were tied with six points each but the latter made the grade on account of better run rate.
Mumabi remained the lone team to have aggregated nine points from three matches to qualify without any hitch for the semifinals.
The highlight of the second and last day of the third round matches was Saurashtra`s Jaydev Shah`s blistering 97 and Andhra left arm spinner, G Shankar Rao claiming five for 100 against Mumbai.
After yesterday`s abandonment of play due to rains and wet pitch conditions, the tie between Karnataka and City XI was curtailed to 50-over a side. Karnataka, chasing City`s 147 all out in 42.3 overs, coasted home with ease making 151 for six in 32.2 overs with K L Rahul chipping in with 58 (89b 2 x 4 and 2 x 6).
Match between Districts and Orissa was abandoned for the second day without a ball being bowled, while Saurashtra batting first made 172 for 3 in 38.4 overs and drew with Assam.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 256 in 9 Overs (S Anirudha 41 and K B Arun Karthick 121, Akaash Bhandari 3 for 81, Harshavardhan 2 for 58 and D B Ravi Teja 2 for 16) versus Hyderabad.
Mumbai 253 all out in 89.5 overs (Swapnil Salvi 27, Kaustab Pawar 70, Abhishek Nayar 41and Gaurav Jathar 35, G Shankar Rao 5/100 and P Vijayakumar 2/55) drew with Andhra 19 for one in 4 overs.
Rajasthan 27 no loss in 7.5 overs drew with Madhya Pradesh.
Saurashtra 172 for 3 in 38.4 Overs (Jaydev Shah 97, Sheldon Jackson 44 not out) Drew with Assam.
Punjab 71 for three in 32 Overs (Vishwas Bhalla batting 34, Sarul Kanwar 26, Bipul Sharma 71, P Goyal not out 42 and Sandeep Singh 2 for 39) drew with Vidharbha.