Hyderabad: Rajasthan had a long day in the field but the splendid first innings batting paid in the end as they advanced to the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy after playing out a draw against Hyderabad, on Thursday.

Hyderabad while following-on, began the day at 138 for no loss and went on to make 431 for two declared in their second essay, setting Rajasthan a target of 155 in 20 overs.

Rajasthan, who needed only a draw to advance, played safely and ended the day at 25 for not loss with Akash Chopra (8) and Vineet Saxena (16) seeing off the 20 mandatory overs.

Rajasthan will now lock horns with Haryana in the semifinals from January 10 in Rohtak. The other semifinal will be played between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu in Mumabi.

Earlier, Hyderbad's overnight opening batsmen Akshat Reddy (151) and D Ravi Teja (185 not out) slammed centuries in their side's much better show in the second innings.

Reddy and Teja put together an impressive opening-wicket stand of 275 runs before the former was scalped by Pankaj Singh.

Reddy took 224 balls for his knock, studded with 14 fours and four sixes.

Teja, who remained unconquered till the end, then found an able ally in T Suman, who smashed 59 off 51 balls with the help of eight shots to the fence.

They added 97 runs for the second wicket before Suman ran himself out. Teja's patient knock came off 293 balls and with 12 fours.

Bavanaka Sandeep (18) was the other unbeaten batsman along with Teja when Hyderabad declared the innings.

Brief Scores

Rajasthan: 431 and 25/0 in 20 overs.

Hyderabad: 144 and 431 for two in 98 overs (D Ravi Teja 185 not out, Akshat Reddy 151; Pankaj Singh 1-113).

(Agencies)