Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai, Andhra qualify for knockouts with easy wins
Andhra and Mumbai posted wins over Gujarat and Goa respectively yesterday to qualify for the national knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy
Mumbai's Prithvi Shaw scored 53 against Goa yesterday
Andhra and Mumbai posted wins over Gujarat and Goa respectively yesterday to qualify for the national knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy from Group 'C' here yesterday. While Andhra trounced Gujarat by nine wickets to notch up its fifth straight victory, Mumbai won its fourth game to make sure of advancing. KS Bharat with an unbeaten 106 and Ashwin Hebbar (99) helped Andhra steamroll Gujarat reaching the target of 251 in 45.2 overs.
Meanwhile, Mumbai rode on half-centuries by Surya Kumar Yadav (71), Prithvi Shaw (53) and captain Aditya Tare (59) to post a four-wicket win over Goa. Chasing Goa's score of 266 for 8, Mumbai secured the win in the 47th over as the top-order got going.
Shaw, who led India to a memorable triumph in the under-19 World Cup in New Zealand recently, put Mumbai on track with a well crafted half century. He was involved in two important partnerships, first with Jay Bista for 64 runs and then with Surya Kumar Yadav (90 runs). The young right-hander hit six fours and a six in his innings of 53.
Yadav then forged a 52-run stand with Tare, who scored an almost run-a-ball 50.
Earlier, identical scores of 56 by former IPL star Swapnil Asnodkar and Suyash S Prabhudessai helped Goa make 266 in 50 overs.
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