Amaan, Vipul excel in Uttar Pradesh’s drive to final against Delhi

img_5804New Delhi, August 21: A mature 67-run eighth-wicket partnership between Amaan Siddique (42, 38 balls, three fours) and Vipul Krishna (31, 40 balls, two fours, one six) saw Uttar Pradesh quell Jharkhand’s aspirations of making a match of it in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.Despite a quiet 34 (51 balls, five fours) by opener Abhishek Chaudhury (RRK School, Moradabad), Jharkhand was able to peg Uttar Pradesh down to 101 for seven in the 27th over.  However, sensible batting by Amaan Siddique (Suryansh Public School, Moradabad) and Vipul Krishna (City Montessori School, Lucknow) saw Uttar Pradesh pass the 150-mark to gain the edge.

Jharkhand may have missed a trick when it did not have its most successful bowlers.left-arm spinner  Gaji Zafar (four for 30) and Sourav Vats (four for 33) bowl more than three overs to Uttar Pradesh’s eight-wicket pair during its stand that lasted 10.3 overs. And when Uttar Pradesh crossed the 175-run mark, it was always going to be difficult for Jharkhand to chase the target.

Opener Amar Jyoti (Oxford Public Schoo, Ranchi) made 22 off 27 balls to spark some hope in the Jharkhand camp but some steady bowling by Lucknow’s Shourya Singh (DPS Janakipuram). Agra’s Soumik Verma (City Vocational Public School) and Hardoi’s Prince Maurya (Shrish Chandra Public Inter-College) saw Uttar Pradesh romp home by a sizeable margin.

In the final on Monday, Uttar Pradesh will meet home side Delhi at the Bharat Nagar ground.

Scores: Uttar Pradesh 179 in 39.2 overs (Abhishek Chaudhury 34, Amaan Siddique 42, Vipul Krishna 31, Sourav Vats four for 33, Gaji Jafar four for 30) beat Jharkhand 74 in 26.4 overs (Amar Jyoti 22, Prince Maurya two for 17, Soumik Verma two for 11, Shourya Singh three for five) by 105 runs at Vikas Puri ground.

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