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Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinal: Tamil Nadu beats Saurashtra in last-ball thriller

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In a humdinger of a semifinal, Tamil Nadu prevailed over Saurashtra off the final ball of the innings whereas chasing a mammoth whole of 311 to succeed in the ultimate of the Vijay Hazare Trophy right here on Friday. 

The match noticed high-quality particular person performances from each side all through the day. B. Aparajith’s good 122 (124b, 12×4, 3×6) and Washington Sundar’s masterful 70 (61b, 8×4) underneath strain ensured TN a transparent passage to have an opportunity to go for a file sixth title on Sunday.

With seven required within the final over, R. Sai Kishore and R. Silambarasan traded singles within the first 5 balls that included an above-the-head bouncer, declared a large ball by the leg-umpire. 

Sai Kishore creamed one via level to the boundary within the final ball to information TN to a two-wicket victory.

Earlier, the skilled Sheldon Jackson got here to the celebration for Saurashtra with an excellent 134 (125b, 11×4, 4×6) to assist his aspect cross the 300-run mark. He had assist from opener Vishvarajsinh Jadeja (52) and the skilled Arpit Vasavada, who smashed a quickfire 57 (40b, 4×4, 2×6).

TN bought off to a disastrous begin. It misplaced opener N. Jagadeesan and skipper Vijay Shankar to Chetan Sakariya (5/62). 

Twins Aparajith and Indrajith mixed for an excellent partnership of 97 for the third wicket. 

Aparajith was the aggressor with delectable punches and drives via the off-side towards the pacers. He scored a flurry of boundaries initially of his innings earlier than Indrajith joined the celebration with an important 50.

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The skilled Dinesh Karthik chipped in with a fast 31.

With 143 wanted off nearly 20 overs, Washington performed a simple knock and added 76 with Aparajith for the fifth wicket. As soon as Aparajith fell, Washington took cost of the innings. It had extra finesse than energy.

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With 25 wanted off the final three, he picked two boundaries behind level off Jaydev Unadkat to convey the equation to only 11 off 12. However Sakariya introduced Saurashtra again into the sport with the wicket of Washington after having dismissed Shahrukh Khan with a slower one.  

Ultimately, TN nearly managed to maintain it collectively and can meet Himachal Pradesh within the last on Sunday. 

Temporary scores: Saurashtra 310/8 in 50 overs (Sheldon Jackson 134, Arpit Vasavada 57, Vishvarajsinh Jadeja 52, Vijay Shankar 4/72) misplaced to Tamil Nadu 311/8 in 50 overs (B. Aparajith 122, Washington Sundar 70, B. Indrajith 50, Chetan Sakariya 5/62).

Ultimate: December 26: Tamil Nadu vs Himachal Pradesh.

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