Dhawal Kulkarni, Yashasvi Jaiswal shine, but rain plays spoilsport

Ahead of the semi-finals, Yashasvi Jaiswal remains as the Vijay Hazare Trophy's highest run-getter this season.

A tight spell from Dhawal Kulkarni and a blitz from the in-form Yashasvi Jaiswal proved futile as the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final match between Mumbai and Chhattisgarh at Alur II in Bengaluru was abandoned due to rain on Monday.

Opting to bowl first, Mumbai put Chhattisgarh in a tight spot early on with Kulkarni's opening spell that saw him give away just three runs in his six overs. He picked up a wicket in just the second ball of the match while Shardul Thakur struck in the fourth over to reduce the opposition to a stingy 3/2.

Only 10 runs were scored in the first 10 overs as Mumbai's pacers kept the pressure on with Kulkarni, an Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs bowler in T20 Mumbai, finishing the day with figures of a miserly 2/9 in his eight overs.

Chhattisgarh, however, recovered to accelerate to 190/6 in the 46th over before rain intervened and ended their innings, setting a revised VJD-method target of 192 for Mumbai to chase in 40 overs.

The in-form Jaiswal, who recently hit a record double century in List A cricket, went all guns blazing when Mumbai came out to bat. His assault meant that he had three balls lost over the boundary.

Mumbai were 95 for no loss in 11.3 overs when the showers returned at Alur II with the team needing another 97 runs at a cruise of 3.40 runs per over with Jaiswal, a North Mumbai Panthers pick in T20 Mumbai, blazing an unbeaten 38-ball 60 (5x4s, 5x6s) with 50 runs coming in boundaries alone.

With 624 runs, Jaiswal is the highest run-getter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy ahead of B. Aparajith, who has 526 to his name, although the Mumbai southpaw has collected his in three fewer matches.

But the rain didn't cease and Chhattisgarh was awarded the semi-final spot as they had registered one more win in the group stage (5 against 4) over Mumbai.

"We gave our heart, soul and tears for this amazing tournament, and unfortunately, the way we started the season, rain was affecting every game," Mumbai captain Shreyas Iyer said. "We'll take it in our stride and move forward. The boys are also very disappointed from inside."

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