Good Morning and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy, 4th quarter-final match between Vidarbha and Gujarat at the KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur on Thursday, as we bring you the live updates from the action.Vidarbha finished as table toppers in Group C with 20 points from six games while Gujarat ended their league stage at the second spot after Jharkhand in Group B.  Both, Jharkhand and Gujarat had 20 points each but Jharkhand were above due to a better net run rate. Both, Vidarbha and Gujarat are coming after victories in their last league match they played on December 18 against Maharashtra and Kerala respectively. The match between Vidarbha and Maharashtra was close as the former won by two wickets with just two overs to spare. Gujarat, on the other hand took a convincing victory against Kerala by seven wickets. Vijay Hazare 2015-16: Full coverage here

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 198/8 | Overs 48.1 | Target 196 | Gujarat won by 2 wickets; advances to the semi-final | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 36(45), Hardik Patel 15(27): Gujarat take a two wicket victory in this match played at Alur, Karnataka. With it Vidarbha are knocked out and Gujarat advances to the semi-finals. It was a close game where anyone could have won. Both teams played good brand of cricket and it was the gentleman’s game which finally stood victorious at the end. For Gujarat, Parthiv Patel was their top scorer with 57 runs and Jasprit Bumrah was their pick of the bowlers; he took a four-wicket-haul.  Vidarbha came very close but were not able to pull it off at the end. Their top scorer was Faiz Fazal with his 52-run knock while Akshay Wakhare and Ravikumar Thakur took three-wicket-hauls for them in the bowling department.

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 180/8 | Overs 46 | Target 196 | Requirement 16 runs off 24 balls | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 28(40), Hardik Patel 7(19): The ninth wicket partnership between the two Patels has fetched Gujarat 18 runs as of now. They need 16 more runs off 24 deliveries to win the game with only two wickets remaining. Spectators have received full value of their money in the match. It has got very close now and it’s very difficult to predict who will have the last laugh.

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 165/8 | Overs 43.1 | Target 196 | Requirement 31 runs off 41 balls | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 19(33), Hardik Patel 1(8): Rush Kalaria is caught outside his batting crease and the wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar makes no mistake. Kalaria made six runs. Akshar Patel is still in the middle batting with the newcomer Hardik Patel. Match has entered the climax with Gujarat needing 31 runs in 41 balls with just two wickets in hand. OUT! Rush Kalaria st Akshay Wadkar b Akshay Karnewar 6(15)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 149/7 | Overs 36.2 | Target 196 | Requirement 47 runs off 82 balls | BATSMAN: Akshar Patel 11(16): Match is getting very interesting as Vidarbha bowlers are bowling very well. It has been a bowlers day having witnessed the fall of 17 wickets in only 84.2 overs. Akshay Wakhare and Ravikumar Thakur have picked up three wickets each. Gujarat is now 149 for seven at the end of 36.2 overs. They now need 47 runs in 82 balls with just three wickets to go. OUT! Chirag Gandhi 26(45) c Akshay Wakhare b Ravikumar Thakur 31(56), OUT! Himalaya Barad c Rajneesh Gurbani b Akshay Wakhare 1(8), OUT! Rohit Dahiya c Faiz Fazal b Akshay Wakhare 5(6)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 127/4 | Overs 29.4 | Target 196 | Requirement 69 runs off 122 balls | BATSMEN:  Chirag Gandhi 26(45), Akshar Patel 1(1): Ravikumar Thakur sends Akshay Wadkar back to the dugout for 15 runs. Chirag Gandhi is batting on 26 having hit two shots to the fence. Akshar Patel is the new man in the middle. Gujarat now requires 69 runs in 122 balls to record victory in the game. OUT! Rujul Bhatt c Akshay Wadkare b Ravikumar Thakur 15(32)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 94/3 | Overs 18.3 | Target 196 | Requirement 102 runs off 189 balls | BATSMEN:  Chirag Gandhi 8(9), Rujul Bhatt 1(2): Parthiv Patel departs after a quickfire 57. Rujul Bhatt has arrived at the crease after Parthiv’s dismissal. He will bat along with Chirag Gandhi who is batting on eight runs with the help of a boundary. Gujarat now needs 102 more runs to win. OUT! Parthiv Patel c Wadkar b Karnewar 57(58)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 81/2 | Overs 15.2 | Target 196 | Requirement 115 runs off 208 balls | BATSMEN: Parthiv Patel 55(50), Chirag Gandhi 0(0): Right-arm offbreak bowler Akshay Wakhare traps Bhargav Merai leg-before for nine runs. Parthiv Patel has slammed a quick half century. Batting on 55, he has hit 10 shots to the fence till now. Gujarat now needs 115 runs to win in 34.4 overs with eight wickets in hand. They are favourites to win from here on. Vidarbha have to get rid of Parthiv Patel soon or else the match will get over in no time. OUT! Bhargav Merai lbw Akshay Wakhare 9(17)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 60/1 | Overs 11.3 | Target 196 | Requirement 136 runs off 231 balls | BATSMEN: Parthiv Patel 40(37), Bhargav Merai 4(7): Vidarbha draw first blood. Priyank Panchal is caught by Akshay Wakhare on a Ravikumar Thakur’s delivery for 15 runs. Parthiv Patel is batting at a fast pace at the moment. Batting on 40 he has struck eight beautifully timed boundaries so far. Bhargav Merai is the new man at the crease. OUT! Priyank Panchal c Akshay Wakhare b Ravikumar Thakur 15(25)

Live Cricket Score: Gujarat 6/0 | Overs 2.1 | Target 196 | Requirement 190 runs off 287 balls | BATSMEN: Parthiv Patel 6(11), Priyank Panchal 0(2): Gujarat have started batting after a brilliant bowling performance which helped them bowl out Vidarbha for 196. Skipper Parthiv Patel has opened the batting along with Priyank Panchal. Gujarat will try to score moderately in the first 10 overs without losing any wicket. They are not chasing a big total but still they cannot afford to get lose.

INNINGS BREAK

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 195 | Overs 48 | BATSMEN: Akshay Wakhare 4(6): Medium-pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah cleans up the final two wickets. Vidarbha are bowled out for 195 in 48 overs. They will be unhappy with their performance considering they started very well. Gujarat have a good batting line-up, hence it is imperative for Vidarbha bowlers to bowl in the right areas. They should bowl a good line and length and also bring in some variations in their bowling or else Gujarat will win this match easily. OUT! Rajneesh Gurbani b Jasprit Bumrah 2(14),OUT! Ravikumar Thakur b Jasprit Bumrah 1(3)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 190/8 | Overs 45.5 | BATSMEN: Rajneesh Gurbani 1(8), Akshay Wakhare 1(2): Gujarat pick up the key wicket of Ganesh Satish for just three runs short off his fifty. Rajneesh Gurbani and Akshay Wakhare are at the crease now. Vidarbha requires 10 runs to reach the 200-run mark. Akshar Patel has finished his quota of 10 overs. He picked up two wickets, bowled two maidens and gave just 22 runs. OUT! Ganesh Satish c&b Jasprit Bumrah 47(66)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 188/7 | Overs 44 | BATSMEN: Ganesh Satish 47(65):  Vidarbha lose two wickets in quick succession. Akshay Wakhare is trapped leg-before by Akshar Patel for 10 runs while Shrikant Wakhare is caught by Jasprit Bumrah on a Hardik Patel’s delivery for seven runs. Vidarbha are now in danger of getting bowled out for under 50 overs. OUT! Akshay Karnewar lbw Akshar Patel 10(12), Shrikant Wagh c Jasprit Bumrah b Hardik Patel 7(16)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 170/5 | Overs 39.3 | BATSMEN: Ganesh Satish 38(59), Akshay Karnewar 8(7): Akshay Wakhare is caught behind the stumps for 13 runs off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. Vidarbha have lost half their side in 39.3 overs. Akshay Wakhare is the new batsman in the middle. Vidarbha will want to make a moderately quick partnership now for the next 4-5 overs and then attack in the final 5-6 overs. OUT! Akshay Wadkar c Parthiv Patel b Jasprit Bumrah 13(17)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 160/4 | Overs 37.2 | BATSMEN: Ganesh Satish 36(54), Akshay Wadkar 13(16): Gujarat’s right-arm offbreak bowler Rujul Bhatt cleans up Vidarbha skipper Subramaniam Badrinath for seven runs. Ravi Jangid, who came next did not trouble the scorers and departed for a duck. He was trapped leg-before by Ravi Jangid. Ganesh Satish and Akshay Wadkar’s partnership is now worth 28 runs. Good comeback by Gujarat after the good start that Vidarbha took. They lost their first wicket on the third ball of the 21st over with 96 runs on board. OUT! Subramaniam Badrinath b Rujul Bhatt 7(21), OUT! Ravi Jangid lbwAkshar Patel 0(1)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 125/2 | Overs 28.3 | BATSMEN: Ganesh Satish 17(29), Subramaniam Badrinath 4(11): Jitesh Sharma is unlucky to get run out at a point when he was looking so good and was probably going to change his batting gear soon. Vidarbha skipper Subramaniam Badrinath has come to the crease. OUT! Jitesh Sharma run out Chirag Gandhi 51(66)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 101/1 | Overs 22 | BATSMEN: Jitesh Sharma 45(61), Ganesh Satish 3(5): Gujarat draw first blood. Faiz Fazal is sent to the pavilion by right-arm offbreak bowler Rujul Bhatt. Ganesh Satish has come to the middle after Fazal’s departure. Jitesh Sharma is now just five short of his half century. OUT! Faiz Fazal c Rohit Dahiya b Rujul Bhatt 52(66)

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 94/0 | Overs 19.4 | BATSMEN: Jitesh Sharma 42(56), Faiz Fazal 51(62): As expected, Jitesh Sharma and Faiz Fazal have upped the tempo in the last four overs. Jitesh needs eight runs to get to his half century while Fazal has already completed his fifty. He has struck five boundaries en route his fifty while Jitesh has hit four boundaries and one shot for the maximum in his 42-run konck so far.

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 61/0 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Jitesh Sharma 28(45), Faiz Fazal 32(45): Both, Jitesh Sharma and Faiz Fazal have struck a rapport and are batting well in tandem. At the end of 15 overs, they have helped Vidarbha reach 61 without the loss of any wicket. Although, it’s not a flyer but since they have not lost a wicket and are batting at a run rate of approximately four runs per over; hence it can be safely said they it’s a decent, slow and steady start for Vidarbha. Gujarat will have to break this partnership now or else things will get difficult for them.

Live Cricket Score: Vidarbha 17/0 | Overs 6.4 | BATSMEN: Jitesh Sharma 7(19), Faiz Fazal 9(21): Vidarbha have started off pretty well. They are 17 for no loss at the end of 6.4 overs. Jitesh Sharma and Faiz Fazal are taking time to get their eye in. Maybe we will witness an increase in the scoring rate within a few overs.

Toss: Vidarbha elects to bat first

Teams:

Vidarbha: Subramaniam Badrinath (c), Akshay Wadkar (wk), Faiz Fazal, Shrikant Wagh, Akshay Wakhare, Ganesh Satish, Jitesh Sharma, Ravi Jangid, Ravikumar Thakur, Akshay Karnewar, Rajneesh Gurbani

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c) (wk), Priyank Panchal, Bhargav Merai, Chirag Gandhi, Akshar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Himalaya Barad, Hardik Patel, Rujul Bhatt, Rush Kalaria, Rohit Dahiya

The key players to watch out for in this match will be Ganesh Satish, Umesh Yadav and Akshay Wakhare for Vidarbha. Offbreak bowler Wakhare in particular has been in good form although he went wicketless in the last game. For Gujarat, Parthiv Patel and Priyank Panchal will have to shoulder the responsibility to give their team a good start. Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Akshar Patel will also have to deliver the goods if Gujarat wishes to win this knockout match.

Squads:

Vidarbha: Subramaniam Badrinath (c), Akshay Wadkar (wk), Faiz Fazal, Aditya Shanware, Ravi Jangid, Ganesh Satish, Rajneesh Gurbani, Akshay Karnewar, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Aditya Sarwate, Jitesh Sharma, Ravikumar Thakur, Shrikant Wagh, Akshay Wakhare, Umesh Yadav

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