Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021: Akshdeep Nath’s all-round efficiency sees Uttar Pradesh beat Gujarat to enter closing

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021: Akshdeep Nath’s all-round efficiency sees Uttar Pradesh beat Gujarat to enter closing

Akshdeep Nath’s tight seam-up stuff together with a helpful half-century helped Uttar Pradesh defeat Gujarat by 5 wickets to succeed in the Vijay Hazare Trophy closing after 16 lengthy years.

They may meet Mumbai within the closing on the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.

Opting to bat on the Ferozshah Kotla, Gujarat top-order put up an atypical present and located the going powerful in opposition to some relentless UP bowling assault to be bundled out for a paltry 184 in 48.1 overs with Nath taking 1 for 29 in 6 overs aside from pacers Yash Dayal and Aaqib Khan ending with three and two scalps respectively.

In reply, UP survived some early hiccups earlier than Nath wrested management with a calculated 104-ball 71 (8×4), whereas the in-form Upendra Yadav sealed the difficulty with an unbeaten 31 from 25 balls.

Recent from his match-winning 112 in opposition to Delhi within the quarter-final, Yadav got here to the crease after UP misplaced their set duo of skipper Karan Sharma (38) and Akshdeep in fast successions.

Yadav held his nerves and ensured that there have been no extra jitters as he smashed one six and three boundaries to script the win with 44 balls to spare.

UP had final made the ultimate within the 2004-05 season once they shared the trophy with Tamil Nadu after a tied end.

Hailing their disciplined bowling effort, UP skipper Sharma stated they executed their plans effectively to make sure a simple win.

“Initially, the ball was skidding the concept was to bowl wicket to wicket and never give away any free deliveries. We simply caught to our plan and it resulted within the success,” Sharma stated.

Gujarat skipper Priyank Panchal blamed it on the sloppy batting and stated they threw method their preliminary few wickets.

“Batting was poor initially and we gave method two-three fast wickets. We might have taken the rating to 240-mark which might have made it troublesome for them,” he stated.

Requested whether or not the choice to bat first was a mistake, he stated: “We have been constructive and assured about our batting however these preliminary few wickets price us expensive.”

UP new ball duo Dayal (3/71) and Aaqib (2/22) shared 5 wickets amongst them and it was their self-discipline and management that didn’t enable Gujarat to interrupt free.

The one respite got here from Het Patel who top-scored for Gujarat with an 87-ball 60 (5×4) in a 66-run partnership with veteran Piyush Chawla (42-ball 32; 2×4, 1×6).

Temporary Scores:

Gujarat 184; 48.1 overs (Het Patel 60, Piyush Chawla 32; Yash Dayal 3/34, Aaqib Khan 2/22) misplaced to Uttar Pradesh 188/5; 42.5 overs (Akshdeep Nath 71, Karan Sharma 38, Upendra Yadav 31 not out) by 5 wickets.

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