Good Morning and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2nd quarter-final match between Jharkhand and Delhi at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, as we bring you the live updates from the action. Jharkhand, who finished as table toppers for Group B, had 20 points from six games, along with five wins and a loss, while Delhi, on the other hand, too had the same points from same amount of games, along with same results, only to finish second owing to run-rate. Thus, both the teams would fight it out for a semi-final spot. Vijay Hazare 2015-16: Full coverage here

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 126 | Overs 38 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 70(108): Subodh Bhati finishes the job for Delhi, dismisses the last batsman Vikash. The latter lasted 16 deliveries scoring one run befor getting trapped leg before wicket on the last ball of 38th over. While Dhoni remians unbeaten on 70 fails to lead his side to the semi-final, Gautam Gambhir’s superb captaincy helped Delhi defend a low total of 226 in their thriller quarter-final match. Bhati bagged 4 wickets, whilethe other Jharkand wickets were shared between Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma and Pawan Negi. OUT! Vikash LBW Subodh Bhati 1(16)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 123/9 | Overs 35 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 68(98), Vikash 1(8): FIFTY for Dhoni. Although he has not been at his best today, he has stuck around. ANd after his half-century, he seems to have caught the top gear. Four sixes suddenly to his name. A victory looks unlikely but it’s cricket. Miracles do happen. If Vikash go on to support Dhoni, the latter can single-handedly win this match for his side. From here, Jharkand need another 103 runs to win.

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 100/9 | Overs 31 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 47(79),Vikash 1(3): 100 Up for Jharkand.
They took a little more than 31 overs to reach their first 100. Meanwhile, Dhoni is a couple of runs away from a 72nd List A fifty. He is once again doing the finishing job when his side is struggling. However he has no support at the moment. One mor wicket will knock-out his side from the tournament. From here, Jharkand need 126 runs still to win. On the other hand, Delhi are just two wickets away from a semi-final spot. Rahul Shukla was the last batsman to get out. He became Bhati’s third victim of the day. OUT! Rahul Shukla b Subodh Bhati 0(4)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 85/8 | Overs 27 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 37(62), Rahul Shukla 0(0): Delhi are now two wickets away from a fantatic victory in this match. The last batsman to get dismiised was Jharkand skipper Aaron. He scored 2 runs from 12 balls before getting trapped leg before wicket, leaving Jharkand at 77 for 8. OUT! Varun Aaron LBW Subodh Bhati 2(12)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 67/7 | Overs 24 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 18(49), Varun Aaron 2(7): Pawa Negi finally strikes for Delhi, they are just 3 wickets away from asuperb win and a semi-final place in the ongoing edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Shahbaz Nadeem lasted just four balls, scoring three runs off it. Nadeem gave a catch to Shikhar Dhawan in the 23rd over, leaving Jharkand at 64 for 7. OUT! Shahbaz Nadeem c Shikhar Dhawan b Pawan Negi 3(4)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 64/6 | Overs 22.3 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 17(48), Shahbaz Nadeem 3(3): Subodh Bhati strikes this time for Delhi. He gets his firts wicket in his 2nd over. Two overs, one wicket and five runs off it, excellent stuff from the young man. Ankit Dabas built a 23-run partnerhsip with Dhoni for the 6th wicket before getting bowled by Bhati on the first ball of the 22nd over. From here, Jharkand need another 162 runs to beat Delhi in this quarter-final. OUT! Ankit Dabas b Subodh Bhati 16(24)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 54/5 | Overs 21 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 15(39), Ankit Dabas 16(21): 50 Up for Jharkand with Dhoni still on crease. They took 19 overs to reach their 1st fifty. Long way ahead of them. With Dhoni still playing, there is still hope for Jharkand to win this contest depsite their bad start where they have lost five quick wickets. Delhi have brought in Subodh Bhati in a hope to break this partnership. Jharkand need another 172 runs to win this match.

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 36/5 | Overs 16 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 13(30), Ankit Dabas 2(6): Dhoni finally takes a single after five dot balls. Then again a dot from Ankit means Dhoni will again take strike in the next over. Delhi have bounced back in style, the economies of the Delhi bowlers is the proof of their disciplined bowling under immense pressure.

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 33/5 | Overs 14 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 12(24), Ankit Dabas 0(1): A thrid wicket for Amarjeet Saini. Jharkand are in trouble, 5-down neding another 193 runs to win this quarter-final. After a low-scoring firts innings, Delhi are making sure the match turns into a nail-biter. Kaushal Singh is dismissed for 11 from 29 balls on the 5th delivery of the 14th over. This brings in Ankit Dabas, who bagged two wickets earlier in the day. OUT! Kaushal Singh b Navdeep Amarjeet Saini 11(29)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 21/4 | Overs 10 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 5(13), Kaushal Singh 6(16): Two runs to end the 10th over so Dhoni keeps the strike. From here, Jharkand need another 205 runs to progress to the semi-final. Although Delhi posted just 226 run in teh first innings, their excellent bowling in reply have left Varun Aaron’s men struggling.

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 17/4 | Overs 5 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: MS Dhoni 3(2), Kaushal Singh 4(9): Jharkand have had a horrid start. Chasing a palatry total of 226, they have already lost four wickets, with just 9 runs on board. The last batsman to get dimsissed was Kumar Deobrat, who also failed to play Ishant Sharma’s bowling. From here, Jharkand need anotehr 209 runs to win the quarter-final. Big test for MS Dhoni. Can he lead his side to a victory here? OUT! Kumar Deobrat c Nitish Rana b Ishant Sharma 1(11), OUT! Saurabh Tiwary c Unmukt Chand b Navdeep Amarjeet Saini 6(12)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 2/2 | Overs 2 | Target 226 | BATSMEN: Kumar Deobrat 0(3), Saurabh Tiwary 0(3): OUT! Ishant Sharma brings in experience, strikes to leave Kharkand two-down after 2 overs. He dismissed the second opener Ishan Kishan in his frist over. the latter scored 1 off 4 balls before Sharma got him bowled on the third delievry of the 2nd over. Two wickets in the first two overs for Delhi. Superb stuff from them. OUT! Ishan Kishan b Ishant Sharma 1(4)

Live Cricket Score: Jharkand 2/1 | Overs 1 | Target 226 | BATSMEN:  Ishan Kishan 1(1), Kumar Deobrat 0(1): OUT! Amarjeet Saini of to a superb start, makes a breakthrough in his very first over. Ishank Jaggi is dismissed for just one run facing four balls. He got his stumps rattled on the fifth delivery of Jharkand’s first over, leaving his side at 2 for 1. OUT! Ishank Jaggi b Navdeep Amarjeet Saini 1(4)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 225 | Overs 50 | BATSMEN: Pawan Negi 38(16): OUT! And Delhi finish on 225 in 50 overs with Navdeep Amarjeet Saini getting dismissd on the very last delivery of their innings. Earlier, Ishant Sharma got out on 1 facing four balls. He became Rahul Shukla’s thirs wicket, who has been Jharkand’s best bowler of the day with three wickets. However, he was thrashed for 60 runs in his 10 overs which eventually ruins his final figures–an economy of 6. OUT! Ishant Sharma c Saurabh Tiwary b Rahul Shukla 1(4), OUT! Navdeep Amarjeet Saini run out Ankit Dabas 4(6)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 195/8 | Overs 47 | BATSMEN: Pawan Negi 13(6), Ishant Sharma 1(2): Two more wickets fall, Delhi are suddenly 8-down. Nitish Rana fails to make a thrid List A fifty after he becmae Himachal’s Rahul Shukla’s second scalp of the day. That dismissal was followed by Subodh Bhati getting run out in the very next over, leaving Delhi at 190 for 8. That wicket brought in Indian pacer Isant Sharma in, who is known to be a decent tail-ender batsman. OUT! Nitish Rana c M S Dhoni b Rahul Shukla 44(76), OUT! Subodh Bhati run out Saurabh Tiwary 0(2)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 183/6 | Overs 46 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 44(76), Pawan Negi 5(3): OUT! Jharkand’s Rahul Shukla breaks the partnership of Rana and Sharma. The duo who built a superb stand of 74 runs for the 6th wicket finally came to an end when Shukla removed Sharma on the seocnd delivery of the 46th over. Sharma scored 21 from 48 balls before giving a catch to Kaushal Singh, leaving Delhi at 174 for 6. OUT! Manan Sharma c Kaushal Singh b Rahul Shukla 21(48)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 172/5 | Overs 45 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 43(74), Manan Sharma 21(47): Nitin Rana whose highest List A score is 67 not out from the nine games he has played so far in his career is playing one of his best innings for Delhi. He is just 7 runs from a superb half-century which will be his career’s 7th List A fifty. He came in when Delhi was struggling at 92 for 4. He along with Sharma have made all the difference in the match.

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 153/5 | Overs 40 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 32(59), Manan Sharma 14(31): Excellent cricket from these two. And it is 50-run partnership up between Rana and Sharma for the 6th wicket. While Rana has four boundaries to his name so far in the innings, Sharma is yet to hit one. Until he keeps rotating the strike well and Delhi gets the runs on reguakr intervals, Delhi will not mind Sharma playing a slow innings.

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 123/5 | Overs 34 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 16(37), Manan Sharma 5(17): Rana is slowly catching up, after no boudnary in the 30 balls he had faced, he hit two fours in the last seven balls. Delhi need more of those boundaries from both the batmen. Sharma is yet to open is account of fours and sixes yet in the game. Will the duo help Delhi recover or will Aaron and boys continue to make breakthroughs?

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 113/5 | Overs 32 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 10(30), Manan Sharma 4(12): Delhi has been going at a rate of below 4 which is no good news for them. Rana and Sharma are clearly struggling and it’s highly unlikly of their survival against Jharkand’s bolwing attack for a long time.

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 101/5 | Overs 28 | BATSMEN: Nitish Rana 4(17), Manan Sharma 0(1): Delhi lose fifth wicket, Varun Aaron delivers again for Jharkand, dismisses Unmukt Chand in the 28th over. Meanwhile, it is 100 Up for Delhi. With Chand’s wicket, Delhi have lost all their dependent batsmen. This is the last combination. OUT! Unmukt Chand c Ishank Jaggi b Varun Aaron 17(36)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 92/4 | Overs 25.2 | BATSMEN: Unmukt Chand 16(32), Nitish Rana 0(6): Delhi are losing wickets like nine pins, Milind is the next bastman to depart just four balls after the dismissal of Gambhir. This was the first time in the matchw here MS Dhoni was involved in a wicket, as he caught Milind off Varun Aaron’s bowling on the 5th delivery of the 24th over. Milind went for a 2-ball duck, leaving Delhi at 92.4. OUT! Milind c M S Dhoni b Varun Aaron 0(2)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 91/3 | Overs 23.1 | BATSMEN: Unmukt Chand 15(30): Delhi are suddenly three down, skipper Gautam Gambhir departs after the explosive opener Shikhar Dhawan was out a couple of overs before. Delhi definitely wanted these two to stick around for more to ensure a big total in this improtant QF. Dhawan scored 27 from 42 deliveries he had faced before becoming the second victim of the day,  Shahbaz Nadeem’s excellent effort got Gambhir run out. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan st M S Dhoni b Ankit Dabas 27(42), OUT! Gautam Gambhir run out Shahbaz Nadeem

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 59/1 | Overs 16 | BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 26(35), Unmukt Chand 4(11): Himachal’s Ankit Dabas draws first blood, removes Delhi opener Rishabh Pant in the 14th over. Pant scored a 20 before giving a catch to  Shahbaz Nadeem. leaving his side at 53 for 1. OUT! Rishabh Pant c Shahbaz Nadeem b Ankit Dabas 24(50)

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 53/0 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Rishabh Pant 24(47), Shikhar Dhawan 24(31): 50 Up for Delhi in 12 overs. Shikhar and Rishabh are off to a decent start, they have managed to score runs on regular intervals so far. Four boudnaries for Shikhar, while his partner has a six along with his one boundary.

Live Cricket Score: Delhi 28/0 | Overs 6.2 | BATSMEN: Rishabh Pant 11(23), Shikhar Dhawan 15(15): Delhi are 28 for no loss at the end of 6.2 overs. Rishabh Pant is batting patiently on 11 with the help of a shot which dispatched the ball over the ropes while Shikhar Dhawan is batting at a run a ball 15 having struck three boundaries. It is a decent start by Delhi.

Toss: Jharkhand  win toss, elect to field.

Teams:

Delhi: Gautam Gambhir (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Unmukt Chand, Milind, Nitish Rana, Pawan Negi, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Navdeep Amarjeet Saini, Manan Sharma, Subodh Bhati

Jharkhand: Varun Aaron (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishank Jaggi, Kumar Deobrat, Vikash, Rahul Shukla, Ankit Dabas, Ishan Kishan, Kaushal Singh

Jharkhand, who have a good side in the form of Ishank Jaggi, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Varun Aaron and many more can easily be the one of the favourites to win this tie, especially by the presence of India’s limited-overs skipper Dhoni in the side. However, Delhi, in the form of Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Virat Kohli, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Manan Sharma, Parvinder Awana, and many more can easily upset the Jharkhand side, while Nehra would be interesting to watch out for, following his recall to the national side for the Australia tour.

Squads:

Delhi: Gautam Gambhir (c), Unmukt Chand (wk), Virat Kohli, Dhruv Shorey, Nitish Rana, Pawan Negi, Milind Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Manan Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Navdeep Saini, Suboth Bhati, Shivam Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Pawan Suyal.

Jharkhand: Ishank Jaggi, Anand Singh, Kumar Deobrat, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Kaushal Singh, Ankit Dabas, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron (c), Monu Kumar, Sonu Singh, Rahul Shukla, Jaskaran Singh, Shiv Gautam, Vikash, Sumit Kumar.