Young Yashasvi Jaiswal’s dream season just got a little better as Mumbai beat Ranji Trophy champions Madhya Pradesh by eight wickets in a high-scoring Group A league match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Rajkot on Wednesday. MP batted first, scoring 181/7 in 20 overs, with RCB star Rajat Patidar hitting five sixes in his 35-ball 67. Venkatesh Iyer, who is trying to make a national comeback, came into mid-tier, hitting 57 of 35 balls with five fours and two sixes. However, Mumbai made short work of the goal as they achieved it in 17 overs, with the flamboyant Prithvi Shaw setting the pace with 29 balls from 12 with five boundaries.
Jaiswal then took over with an elegant 66 not from just 44 balls peppered with five fours and four sixes as Mumbai won in a gallop.
Sarfaraz Khan (30 balls from 18) and Aman Hakim Khan (21 balls from 11) also made small guest appearances to end the match in style.
Short results: MP 181/7 (Rajat Patidar 67 from 35 balls, Venkatesh Iyer 57 from 35 balls). Mumbai 182/2 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 66 not outside, Prithvi Shaw 29 from 12 balls). Mumbai won by 8 wickets.
Strong Nitish stars in victory in Delhi
Captain Nitish Rana hit a superb hundred as Delhi effortlessly beat Punjab by 12 in a Group B league match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Jaipur on Wednesday. Rana, a T20 specialist and Kolkata Knight Riders star, was just too good for the Punjab bowling unit as he hit 107 from just 61 balls with the help of nine fours and seven sixes to put Delhi on a solid 191 for 4 in to bring 20 overs.
In response, Punjab could only manage 179 for 5 with Ishant Sharma picking up 2 for 35 in his 4 overs. Rana also made a star turn with his off-breaks, picking 2/24 in 3 overs.
Previously, Rana scored his first T20 hundred with just 55 balls and also hit 173 runs in just 16.4 overs with India U-19 world champion captain Yash Dhull (66 not from 45 balls) who also claimed his first half century in the shortest format.
Dhull, playing only his second T20 game, smashed four fours and as many sixes.
Rana and Dhull were particularly tough on Punjab Kings left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar, who was hit for 32 runs in his two overs, including two fours and three towering sixes.
Almost all Punjab bowlers were penalized with the exception of Abhishek Sharma who was brilliant with the new ball on the power play overs and finished with scores of 2/16 in 3 overs.
Abhishek gave Punjab the upper hand early on, removing opener players Anuj Rawat and Hiten Dalal, but when the middle pacers came into action, Dhull and Rana took control of the proceedings.
Short results: Delhi 191/4 (Nitish Rana 107 from 61 balls, Yash Dhull 66 not from, Siddarth Kaul 2/31). Punjab 179/5 (Anmolpreet Singh 64, Yash Dhull 44, Ishant Sharma 2/35, Nitish Rana 24/2). Delhi won by 12 runs.
Manipur 134/9 (Nitish Sedai 53, Arjun Tendulkar 2/20, Felix Alemao 2/31). Goa 138/3 in 17. 2 overs (Siddhesh Lad 59, Suyash Prabhudesai 43). Goa won by 7 wickets.
Uttar Pradesh 163/6 in 20 overs (Akshdeep Nath 37, Priyam Garg 31, Parvez Sultan 2/29). Tripura 166/4 in 19.3 overs (Sudip Chatterjee 49 not out, Wriddhiman Saha 7). Tripura wins by 6 wickets.
Hyderabad 147/8 (Tilak Verma 57, Mickil Jaiswal 44, Bharat Sharma 4/18) Puducherry 143/4 (R Raghupathy 35). Hyderabad won by 4 runs.
Defending champion Tamil Nadu records first win
Defending champions Tamil Nadu outplayed Odisha by five wickets in a Group E match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Wednesday in Lucknow. Skipper Baba Aparajith (63 not out) played the role of Schoanker perfectly, scoring a 63-run unbeaten knock after Tamil Nadu bowlers, led by T Natarajan, restricted Odisha to under-150.
Odisha opted for the punch, riding half-centuries from Subhranshu Senapati (65) and Anshy Rath (51) to post 141/3.
In response, Tamil Nadu got off to a strong start in the fourth over despite the sending off of Gujarat Titans player Sai Sudershan (14).
CSK opener N Jagadeesan (35) slammed three limits and a six and added 48 runs with Aparajith. But the Odisha bowlers did well to stage a comeback as they picked up a barrage of wickets to rattle at the defending champion.
As the gates at the other end fell down like skittles, Aparajith kept his cool and carried on as usual.
The 28-year-old batting all-rounder sent the ball to the fence seven times and was expertly assisted by M Shahrukh Khan, 19, as the two shared an important 46-run streak.
In the end, Tamil Nadu scored in front of goal with seven balls. Previously, disgraced center pacer Natarajan (2/32) with his left arm did well to break the partnership between Senapati and Rath.
Tamil Nadu’s bowlers then rolled well at death as Odisha’s batters failed to accelerate. In another match in the group, Gaurav Puri hit an undefeated 47-ball 93 to propel Chandigarh to a 66-run win over Sikkim.
Puri had six shots as he sent the ball over the fence nine times, helping Chandigarh along with Ankit Kaushik (65) score a disheartening 178/3.
In response, Sikkim could only manage 112/9 in his odds of 20 overs when Sandeep Sharma chose a three-wicket haul (3/22). The third game in the group between Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand was abandoned without a ball being thrown.
Short Results: Odisha 141 for 3 in 20 overs (Subhranshu Senapati 65, Anshy Rath 51; T Natarajan 2/32) Tamil Nadu 143 for 5 in 18.5 overs (B Aparajith 63 not out; Sameer Mohanty 2/7.) Chhattisgarh v Jharkhand: Game abandoned without a ball being thrown.
Chandigarh 178 for 2 in 20 overs (Gaurav Puri 93 not out, Ankit Kaushik 65 not out; Lee Yong Lepcha 1/21, James Rai 1/37.) Sikkim 112 for 9 in 20 overs (Ashish Thapa 52; Sandeep Sharma 3/ 22.)
Haryana weirdos destroy Meghalaya
Spinners Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia and left-arm orthodox Nishant Sindhu each won three wickets as Haryana defeated Meghalaya in a Group C match of the 83-run Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Mullanpur on Wednesday. Haryana batted first, scoring 136/7 over a difficult stretch, with Tewatia making his presence felt with 35 balls from 19 balls.
In response, Meghalaya were bundled for 53 in 14.3 overs, with Tewatia (3/4 in 1.3 overs), Mishra (3/10 in 4 overs), and Sindhu (3/15 in 4 overs) sharing the bulk of the spoils .
Chirag Khurana (21) and Dippu Sangma (11) were the only batsmen to hit double figures.
Short results: Haryana 136/7 (Rahul Tewatia 35 from 19 balls). Meghalaya 53 in 14.3 overs (Amit Mishra 3/10, Nishant Sindhu 3/15, Rahul Tewatia 3/4). Haryana won by 83 runs.
Kerala 179/4 (Mohammed Azharuddeen 95 from 47 balls). Karnataka 126/9 (Mayank Agarwal 0, Devdutt Padikkal 9, Abhinav Manohar 46, Vyshak Chandran 4/11). Kerala won by 53 runs.
Samarth Vyas sizzles
Samarth Vyas scored 97 balls from 52 to power Saurashtra to a four-wicket win over Baroda in a Group D match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Indore on Wednesday. Vyas chased 176 and single-handedly steered Saurashtra into their most successful chase of the tournament.
With 96 required from the last eight overs, the 26-year-old upped the ante.
He first hit Impact substitute Safvan Patel, coming on for Dhruv Patel, for a four to improve his fifty in style and then hit two sixes to collect 20 runs from the 14th over.
In the groove, Vyas, along with Jay Gohill (17 not out), looted 45 runs from the next two overs. The duo hit four maxima and three limits.
Unfortunately, Vyas feels he is missing three runs from a well-deserved century. His innings were peppered with nine sixes and five fours.
Previously, Mitesh Patel and Vishnu Solanki batted scintillating half centuries to help Baroda hit a challenging 175 for 4.
The duo laid a solid platform with a 48-run partnership before Bhanu Pania (26 not of 10) and Krunal Pandya (17 not of 15) provided the late bounce.
In the day and night game, Bihar defeated Nagaland by six wickets in a low scoring match.
Short Score: Baroda 175 for 4 in 20 overs (Mitesh Patel 60, Vishnu Solanki 50; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 1/27 Jaydev Unadkat 1/33). Saurashtra 178 for 6 in 19.4 overs (Samarth Vyas 97; Krunal Pandya 2/30).
Andhara vs. Himachal Pradesh: Match abandoned without throwing a ball.
Nagaland 145 for 8 in 20 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 66, Chetan Bist 43; Anuj Raj 4/32). Bihar: 148 for 4 in 19.1 overs (Mangal Mahrour 47; Nagaho Chishi 1/22).
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