Akshar Patel (left) has been in excellent form with both bat and ball for Gujarat in the tournament © PTI (File Photo)
Akshar Patel (left) has been in excellent form with both bat and ball for Gujarat in the tournament © PTI (File Photo)

Alur: Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel wreaked havoc recording a career-best List A figures of 6 for 43 as Gujarat beat Tamil Nadu by 31 runs to set up title date with Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 on Monday. Batting first, Gujarat scored a decent 248 for 8 with useful contributions from middle-order batsmen Chirag Gandhi (71) and Manprit Juneja (74). Tamil Nadu skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with 3 for 51 in 10 overs. In reply, Tamil Nadu were all out for 217 in 47.3 overs as Akshar’s figures read 10-1-43-6. India’s limited overs specialist ran through the Tamil Nadu top-order despite India discard Abhinav Mukund carrying his bat through the innings with an unbeaten knock of 104. Full updates: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Gujarat vs Tamil Nadu, 3rd Quarter-Final at Alur: Gujarat win by 31 runs

Mukund and fellow discard Dinesh Karthik (41) had added 84 runs in only 16.1 overs before Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel introduced Akshar as the sixth bowler into the attack. From 84 for 0, Tamil Nadu slumped to 99 for 4 as the left-arm spinner struck four times in his first three overs. Karthik, along with Baba twins Aparajith (7) and Indrajith (1) were dismissed quickly. India’s Test specialist Murali Vijay (0) also departed without opening his account. Three of the four batsmen were stumped as they tried to play attacking strokes.

Tamil Nadu never recovered from the setback even though left-hander Mukund carried the fight till the end playing 142 balls and hitting six fours. There was a glimmer of hope when Mukund along with skipper Ashwin (22) added 51 runs for the sixth wicket as Tamil Nadu reached 175 for 5 at one stage. But once Ashwin became Akshar’s fifth victim, Tamil Nadu’s run-chase ran out of steam. Mukund virtually had no support at the other end as Jasprit Bumrah finished the game with couple of fuller deliveries to polish off the tail.

Brief Scores:

Gujarat: 248 for 8 in 50 overs (Manprit Juneja 74, Chirag Gandhi 71, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 51) beat Tamil Nadu: 217 in 47.3 overs (Abhinav Mukund 104*, Dinesh Karthik 41, Akshar Patel 6 for 43) by 31 runs.