Good Morning and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2nd semi-final match between Gujarat and Tamil Nadu at the KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur on Saturday, as we bring you the live updates from the action. Both the teams have defeated their respective opponents in the quarter-finals of the season. While Gujarat won over the Group C table toppers Vidarbha, Tamil Nadu took on Uttar Pradesh and came victorious in their previous encounter to reach the semi-finals. The game will be an interesting one as both the teams will give their best performance to win and reach the final. Vijay Hazare 2015-16: Full coverage here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Tamil Nadu in 217 overs 48.1, Batting: Abhinav Mukund 104(142): And Gujarat won it! What a splendid performance by the Gujarat side with the ball and the bat as well. Handling the pressure of the game nicely they put up a good total of 248 for Tamil Nadu to chase and the Gujarat bowlers kept on taking wickets in regular intervals. Akshar Patel took 6 wickets and handed the victory to his team. The only batsman who put up a remarkable performance for Tamil Nadu is Abhinav Mukund who remained unbeaten at 104 but failed to save his side from defeat. Man of the Match: Akshar Patel

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Tamil Nadu in 123/5 overs 34, Batting: Abhinav Mukund 59(85), Ravichandran Ashwin 3(7): What a superb display of bowling by the Gujarat bowlers. Akshar Patel has already picked up 4 wickets and has done the destruction. Tamil Nadu has lost 5 wickets and have 20 overs left in hand to score 117 runs more.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Tamil Nadu in 86/5 overs 27, Batting: Abhinav Mukund 42(49), Dinesh Karthik 40(50): Gujarat has failed to get any wickets as of now and the partnership is turning strong with every passing ball. Dinesh Karthik looks set while Mukund at the other end is giving the support Karthik might have wanted. Gujarat needs wickets here.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Tamil Nadu in 50/2 overs 9, Batting: Abhinav Mukund 23(22), Dinesh Karthik 23(34): Tamil Nadu has started off nicely. Abhinav Mukund and Dinesh Karthik need to give their side a strong start for their side because the score isn’t really easy to achieve. They look good with 50 runs on board already but they need to carry this forward.

*Tamil Nadu’s innings starts*

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 248/8 in overs 50, Batting: Rohit Dahiya 21(25), Hardik Patel 1(2): What a turn around by the Gujarat team as from a trembling start they build up a good looking 248 run total to chase for the Tamil Nadu team. The openers did not look comfortable in front of the Tamil Nadu bowlers at all while Chirag Gandhi and MC Juneja took command and scored 71 and 74 runs respectively to gain control of the game. Their previous matches’ hero and skipper Parthiv Patel failed today scoring a duck. Ravichandran Ashwin was the best of the Tamil Nadu bowlers as he took 3 wickets. It will be interesting to see Tamil Nadu chase now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 183/6 in overs 42, Batting: Rohit Dahiya 1(3), M C Juneja 44(55): A big wicket for Tamil Nadu as they remove a well set Chirag Gandhi. But he has done his bit and changed the course of the game with a commendable 71 off 82. Gujarat have grabbed equal control of the game now with Tamil Nadu. MC Juneja is still at the crease and can make huge differences.

OUT! Chirag Gandhi ct L Balaji b Vijay Shankar 71(82)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 145/5 in overs 36, Batting: Chirag Gandhi 51(60), M C Juneja 29(44): A much needed innings comes from Chirag Gandhi as he keeps his cool and scores his individual 50 while helping his team with a good boost of runs. He is getting a good support from Juneja who is looking forward to score his own 50 now. If the two batsmen manage to settle down now, the run can easily go beyond 220. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, needs wickets to restrict their opposition within a low score.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 117/5 in overs 29, Batting: Chirag Gandhi 42(45), M C Juneja 10(19): Two more wickets in Tamil Nadu’s favour but Gujarat batsman Chirag Gandhi is playing a good innings. Currently batting at 42, he is close to his half century and is seeking a good partner at the other end who can support him well to take the score to a respectable one. But wickets are falling frequently at the other end which is no good news for the Gujarat team.

OUT! Akshar Patel lbw R Ashwin 17(24)

OUT! Priyank Panchal lbw Malolan Rangarajan 25(36)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 45/3 in overs 15, Batting: Priyank Panchal 15(15), Rujul Bhatt 9(18): Two wickets go down for Gujarat and they are in trouble now. An early, steady partnership is required for a strengthened start to put up a good total and team Gujarat is yet to find that. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu bowlers are doing great and their skipper is rotating the bowlers right to get wickets i regular intervals.

OUT! Rujul Bhatt ct Abhinav Mukund b R Ashwin 3(22)

OUT! Bhargav Merai ct Dinesh Karthik b L Balaji 16(27)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Gujarat in 25/1 in overs 6, Batting: Priyank Panchal 15(15), Bhargav Merai 9(18): A big disappointment for Gujarat as they lose a very crucial wicket in the very first over. Parthiv Patel, their captain, is one of the most experienced player for the side and has been the hero of the last encounter but fails to perform today and this wicket can change the game entirely. Huge success for the Tamil Nadu side.

OUT! Parthiv Patel ct Abhinav Mukund b R Sathish 0(3)

Playing XI:

Gujarat: Axar Patel, Parthiv Patel (C) (W), Jasprit Bumrah, M C Juneja, Chirag J Gandhi, Priyank Kirit Panchal, Bhargav H Merai, Hardik P Patel, Rujul H Bhatt, Rush B Kalaria, Rohit Dahiya

Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund, Baba Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (W), Malolan Rangarajan, Aswin Crist, Baba Indrajith, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Rajagopal Sathish, Vijay Shankar, Murali Vijay

TOSS: Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to field first.

In the 4th quarter final, Vidarbha won the toss and decided to bat first. They put up a decent total of 195 as both their openers Jitesh Sharma and Faiz Fazal scored their individual half-centuries. Another good contribution came from No 3 batsman Ganesh Satish who narrowly missed on his 50 as he scored 47 before getting out on a Jasprit Bumrah delivery. The batting order thereafter collapsed badly and no other mentionable contribution came from any other batsman. Bumrah took 4 crucial wickets while Rohit Dahiya and Rujul Bhatt both got couple of wickets each. Skipper keeper Parthiv Patel made the chase look easy as he scored a match winning 57 off 79 followed by contributions from Chirag Gandhi and Akshar Patel. Gujarat won the match with 1.5 overs still remaining.

The 3rd quarter final between Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu was a low scorer as Uttar Pradesh put up a target of 168 batting first. The only mentionable contribution came from Rinku Singh who came out to bat at No 6 and scored 60 runs as the entire batting order looked helpless in front of Tamil Nadu’s bowling action. Veteran Lakshmipathy Balaji took 3-for 32 while Ravichandran Ashwin got 2 wickets. The chase wasn’t quite easy as the Tamil Nadu top order collapsed and middle order batsmen Baba Indrajith and Rajagopal Sathish emerged as the saviours for side. The other batsmen who contributed majorly is Murali Vijay who came out at No 3


Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c) (wk), Rohit Dahiya, Mehul Patel, Priyank Panchal, Himalaya Barad, Rujul Bhatt, Jasprit Bumrah, Chirag Gandhi, Bhargav Merai, Manpreet Juneja, Rush Kalaria, Jesal Karia, Akshar Patel, Hardik Patel, Smit Patel, RP Singh

Tamil Nadu: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Srikkanth Anirudha, Antony Dhas, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Aswin Crist, Baba Indrajith, J Kousik, M Mohammed, Abhinav Mukund, Malolan Rangarajan, Rajagopal Sathish, Rahil Shah, Vijay Shankar, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Murali Vijay