Vijay Merchant Trophy: Abhishek helps Hyderabad achieve an exciting career victory over Madhya Pradesh, enter the semifinals
HYDERABAD: Murugan Abhishek The five wicket effort helped Hyderabad achieve an exciting career victory over Madhya Pradesh in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Merchant Trophy at the Gymkhana on Thursday.
Resuming his night score of 74 for four, Madhya Pradesh, who needed another 181 to win, took the fight to the enemy camp. Pattern Adarsh Dubey (40) and Aryan Pandey challenged Hyderabad bowlers for 18 overs to give their side an appearance of hope. The duo added 84 invaluable races before Nitin Sai Yadav He shot Aryan, who scored with a fast ball of 44 59 balls (6x4, 3x4).
Adarsh was shot down by Abhishek to leave Madhya Pradesh delicately placed at 174 for six.
However, Anchit Singh Thakur and Saumy Kumar Pandey had other ideas. They added 40 for the seventh wicket before Nitin got rid of Anchit (38). But Saumy kept up the fight while he and Harshit Dwivedi (4) added 30 to the score to advance towards the goal of victory. But Pranav Varma ran out of Harshit to bring Hyderabad back to the game.
Saumy was caught in the leg before by Abhishek and the visitors still needed five races with the last pair. Vineet Singh Baghei (8th) and Yatendra Prajapati took the score to 253 before Abhishek caught the latter by Arnav Kothapally to send Hyderabad to the semifinals against Mumbai
Abhishek, who had scored 108 and scored four for 41 in the first innings, finished with figures of five to 92.
Brief scores: Hyderabad 276 and 144 bt Madhya Pradesh 166&253in84.4overs(adarshdubey40,anchitthakur33; Arnav Kothapally 2/11, Murugan Abhishek 5/92, Nitin Sai Yadav 2/62).