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Vijay Hazare: Andhra, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Saurashtra qualify for knockouts

Sahir  Usman
By Sahir Usman
November 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM View: 1116

Chennai, Feb 14 - Andhra registered their sixth straight win in Group C of the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket tournament after they overcame Mumbai by 29 runs here on Wednesday.

Skipper G Hanuma Vihari (169) and K.S. Bharat (105) starred for Andhra as the triumph enabled them to finish on top of the standings with 24 points and qualify for the national knockout phase, along with Mumbai, which finished second with 16 points.

Vihari and Bharat stitched together a massive 254-run partnership in 204 balls, propelling Andhra to a mammoth 344/5 in 50 overs before restricting the opponents to 315 for 9 despite Siddhesh Lad's strokeful ton.

From Group D, Hyderabad and Saurashtra made the cut. 

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu ended their losing streak by posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Team Rajasthan.

Left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore took five wickets, his first in List 'A' cricket. In the other match of the day, wicketkeeper Keenan Vaz snared seven victims (six catches and a stumping) to equal the record of Mahesh Rawat and Parthiv Patel in List A matches as Goa edged Gujarat by one wicket in a humdinger. 

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