Gujarat won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket which posed a bit of a challenge for the batsmen. The reigning champions lost wickets at regular intervals and added only 211 runs on the board as Tamil Nadu’s slower bowlers took advantage of the pitch.
Rujul Bhatt was the lone warrior in Gujarat’s batting line-up and top-scored with an unbeaten 83. TN skipper Vijay Shankar was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 for 48. Chasing 212, TN were comfortably cruising at 167 for three before they suffered a scare, losing three wickets for just five runs.
Ganga Sridhar Raju departed for 85 before leading run-getter of the tournament – Dinesh Karthik – and Baba Indrajith walked back to the pavilion. Pacer M Mohammed, who walked in at No. 7 scored a quick-fire 35 to take Tamil Nadu into the semi-final. Tamil Nadu will now take on Baroda on March 16 in the first semi-final at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 211 in 49.4 overs (Rujul Bhatt 83*, Samit Gohel 39, Vijay Shankar 3/48) lost to Tamil Nadu 217/5 in 42.2 overs (Ganga Sridhar Raju 85, M. Mohammed 35*).