In a crucial Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023 quarter-final clash against Bengal, Yuzvendra Chahal showcased his mettle, securing 4 wickets for just 37 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. The leg-spinner's stellar performance, marked by subtle variations and clever strategies on a dry pitch, played a pivotal role in bundling out Bengal for 225.

Chahal's mastery extended beyond conventional leg-spin, as he utilised quick sliders and well-timed variations to trouble the opposition batters. His crucial wickets included Anustup Majumdar, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Mohammad Kaif, and Pradipta Pramanik, contributing significantly to Haryana's dominance in the match.

With 18 wickets in 8 matches, Yuzi is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. This standout performance serves as a confidence boost for the leggie ahead of his departure to South Africa for the upcoming ODI series against the Proteas. 

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On the other hand, Rajasthan also confirmed their semi-final slot with a massive 200-run win against Kerala. Mahipal Lomror's unbeaten hundred guided them to a strong total of 267/8 in 50 overs. It was complimented well by Royals batter Kunal Singh Rathore's explosive half-century that featured 7 fours and 2 sixes. The Rajasthani bowlers then came to the party, bundling out Kerala for a paltry 67 in 21 overs. 

Haryana will now take on Tamil Nadu in the first semi-final on December 13, while Rajasthan will lock horns against Karnataka in the 2nd semi-final on December 14, both matches hosted by the Saurashtra Cricket Association in Rajkot. The final will be played on December 16 at the same venue.