Hyderabad will now face Mumbai in the first semi-final on Wednesday.
Hyderabad will now face Mumbai in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

Mohammad Siraj, who was released from the Indian squad along with allrounder Hanuma Vihari after the duo couldn t find places in the Test squad that clinched the two-Test series against West Indies, made an instant impact with three wickets, but it was an all-round show by Bavanaka Sandeep, who scored 96 and picked one wicket that helped Hyderabad beat Andhra by 14 runs in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 season at Just Cricket Academy ground in Bengaluru on Monday.

After being put into bat, Hyderabad ended their innings at a competitive 281. Openers Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath Reddy were unable to provide the right start and departed for 31 and 18 respectively. The onus fell on 26-year-old Sandeep, who smashed seven boundaries during his 97-ball 96. Sandeep, who missed out on his maiden List A century, received strong support from skipper Ambati Rayudu (28). Sandeep departed in the last over of the innings after he was caught by Srikar Bharat off B Ayyappa.

In reply, skipper Vihari s 95 went in vain as Andhra fell 15 runs short of their target. Batting at No. 3, Vihari stitched a 112-run partnership with skipper Ricky Bhui. Andhra were looking dangerous to seal the win at 198/2 in the 36th over. However, Siraj spoilt the party by first dismissing Bhui for 52 and then cleaning up Vihari. None of the middle order batsmen contributed as Andhra went from 207/4 in the 39th over, when Vihari walked back, to 237/8 in the 47th over when Karn Sharma was dismissed for one off Ravi Kiran, who claimed two wickets.

Hyderabad will now face Mumbai in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 281/8 in 50 overs (Bavanaka Sandeep 96) beat Andhra 267/9 in 50 overs (Hanuma Vihari 95, Ricky Bhui 52; Mohammad Siraj 3/50) by 14 runs