Nauman Azhar helps UP edge out Haryana in quarterfinals
New Delhi, August 19: Uttar Pradesh will take on Jharkhand and Delhi will battle with West Bengal in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation in conjunction with Sports Authority of India, here this weekend.
In the most exciting of quarter-finals played in Sonipat this week, Nauman Azhar captured four wickets in the span of eight deliveries to help Uttar Pradesh edge out Haryana by three runs. Chasing 139 for victory, Haryana was cruising at 101 for four with seven overs left but Akashdeep’s fall slowed down the rate of scoring. The home side’s later order crumbled under pressure.
Uttar Pradesh 138 in 29.5 overs (Altatmash Khan 32, Nauman 31, Rajat two for 18, Gurmar, two for 44, Ayush two for 20, Ujjwal two for 15) beat Haryana 135 in 29.5 (Ayush 42, Akashdeep 23, Raghav 24, Amaan two for 24, Nauman Azhar four 20).
Tamil Nadu 75 for nine in 30 overs (Pintoo Yadav five for 11) lost to Jharkhand 76 for two in 11 overs (Amar Jyoti 50, Sai Sharan two for 14).
Delhi 219 for seven in 30 overs (Priyansh Arya 20, Sumit Chikara 75, Rishabh Sharma 30 not out, Tejasvi 22, Anoop Patel two for 39, Gaurav Joshi two for 35) beat Uttarakhand 110 for nine in 30 overs (Himanshu Soni43, Anoop Patel 22, Aman Jainwal four for nine, Priyansh Arya two for 31, Shivender Sharma two for 11).
Telangana 88 in 27.2 overs (Sreyan three for four, Anamjyot four for 15) lost to West Bengal 89 for five in 18.5 overs (Atriz 34, Ankur three for 21, Rohan two for 25).
Fixtures (semifinals): August 20: Delhi vs West Bengal, Bharat Nagar ground, 9:00 am.; August 21: Uttar Pradesh v Jharkhand, Vikas Puri ground, 9:00.a.m.; August 22: Final, Bharat Nagar ground, 9-00 a.m.