Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rishi Dhawan shines again as HP crushes Services in semi-final

Rishi Dhawan continued to play with bat and ball in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as his full show at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday helped Himachal Pradesh secure a place to the final.

Prashant Chopra (78, 109b, 4×4, 3×6) played the anchor shot while Dhawan (84, 7b, 9×4, 1×6) provided the acceleration much needed in the commercial sector to bury Services under a mountain of tracks. A disciplined effort with the ball – led by Dhawan 4 for 27 – was enough for a 77-point victory.

HP will face Tamil Nadu in the final on Sunday.



During their 282 chase, Services top hitters Ravi Chauhan and Rajat Paliwal avoided stroke play for almost three hours to keep the wickets in hand for the end, but the strategy didn’t work. . The required stroke rate continued to climb and once the punches started to be attempted the wickets fell and the Services resistance ended with 3.5 overs remaining.

READ: As it happened

Paliwal (55, 66g, 3×4) and Chauhan (45, 70b, 4×4) remained 12.2 overs after a quiet start, but their partnership only contained one limit. They repeatedly pushed deliveries halfway or halfway or played with gentle hands near the wicket to pick up singles. Chauhan fell trying to break the chains as the races came to the net. Devender Lohchab played an enterprising move to keep the hopes alive, but he didn’t last long, exhausted on the non-attacking side.

Eventually, with the required run-rate having crossed nine, Paliwal couldn’t hold back. He tried to strike and was caught midway through in the 37th. With the first batter out, the rest of the innings stalled slowly.

Much like they did in the quarterfinals, the Services crimps continued to hang in the first 10 overs with the new ball in the morning. Although he had beaten the bat a few times and drawn edges and misses, only one wicket – that of Shubham Arora, who fired lbw just after breaking a border with extra cover – fell during the first one. time.

Opener Chopra, however, was not insensitive during this span, making a good-length delivery from left arm crimper Raj Bahadur Pal for a long-range six.

Digvijay Rangi (37, 59b, 4×4, 1×6) also started playing a few shots on the 13th, an expensive shot from crimper Abhishek Tiwari. But despite seeing the new ball safely, the top order must have stumbled a bit during the middle overs, Rangi fired left arm pitcher Rahul Singh, Nikhil Gangta ran out after an entertaining appearance and Amit Kumar returned lbw for a duck by Pathania after the quick pitcher was brought back on offense in the 26th.

It was not until the 30th that Chopra, until then happy with singles, began to play a few shots with Dhawan. He raised his fifties with a ground six off Rahul, hopping onto the track and leaving. The ball was hit so well that it hit the screen right in. Chopra also played pull-ups and cuts for the limits, and pulled out again to reclaim a deep six midwicket from Pulkit Narang, the off-wire.

He started in 41st trying to speed up and it was Dhawan who completely changed the game. Dhawan and Akash Vasisht smashed the Services attack into the commercial sector as they engaged in vigorous strokes. Dhawan has walked down the runway to dressmakers several times for his punches. After missing the bat in the quarterfinals, he reached half a century again – his sixth in seven games.

Brief Notes

Himachal Pradesh 281 (Dhawan 84, Chopra 78, Vashisht 45 no) defeated Services 204 (Paliwal 55, Chauhan 45, Dhawan 4 for 27)