Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Irfan Pathan shines again; Robin Uthappa’s 80 in vain as Karnataka lose

Irfan Pathan scored 27 off 12 balls and took four wickets for 34 runs in Baroda's win over Madhya Pradesh.

By: PTI | Updated: January 7, 2016 7:07 pm
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Skipper Irfan Pathan continued with his exemplary showing with an unbeaten 27-run blitz and a four-wicket haul to help Baroda thrash a hapless Madhya Pradesh by 53 runs in the Group C Twenty cricket match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Put into bat at the Reliance Stadium, Baroda rode on Hardik Pandya’s 48 and Irfan’s 12-ball stormy stay at the wicket to post a challenging 181 for five in 20 overs. Irfan then turned up with the ball to help pack MP for 128 in 16.4 overs.

Brief Scores: Baroda 181/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 48, Mrunal Devdhar 33; Ankit Sharma 2-34) Madhya Pradesh 128 all out in 16.4 overs (Harpreet Singh Bhatia 52; Irfan Pathan 4-34)

Naik fires Maharashtra to victory

Nikhil Naik smashed 67 off 45 balls as Maharashtra beat Karnataka by 26 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.

Naik’s blistering knock and a 20-ball 33 from Ankit Bawne pushed Maharashtra to 184/8 in 20 overs.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 184/8 in 20 overs (Nitin Naik 67; Vinay Kumar 3/32). Karnataka 158 all out in 18.3 overs (Robin Uthappa 80, Anupam Sanklecha 3/23)

Punjab thrash Tripura

Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh continued with his good form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament as his team easily beat Tripura by 8 wickets to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.

Batting first, Tripura were bundled out for 96 in 18 overs with Samrat Singha scoring 23. In reply Punjab scored the runs in 15.3 overs losing only two wickets.

Brief Scores: Tripura 96 in 18 overs (S ladda 3/20, Harbhajan Singh 2/17) Punjab 100/2 in 15.3 overs (Anmol Malhotra 40).

Saurashtra beat Rajasthan by 25 runs

Saurashtra produced an all-round show to beat Rajasthan by 25 runs and register their third win out of four matches in Group B at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Opting to bat, Saurashtra posted 140 for the loss of five wickets and then bundled out Rajasthan for 115 in 19.3 overs.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra: 140 for five in 20 overs (Jaydev Unadkat 39 not out, Deepak Punia 30 not out; Chandrapal Singh 3/13). Rajasthan: 115 all out in 19.3 overs (Chandrapal Singh 36; Shaurya Sanandia 3/13)

TN hammer Gujarat by 9 wickets in Mushtaq T20 Trophy 

Opener Abhinav Mukund smashed his way to an unbeaten 67 off 36 balls as Tamil Nadu made short work of Gujarat to win their group A Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 by nine wickets.

Tamil Nadu are on top of group A with 12 points from four games and still have two more to play. The Rajagopal Sathish-led team looks good for a berth in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Brief Scores: Gujarat 105 in 19.4 overs (Raxlee Taylor 44, W Anthony Dhas 3/19) Tamil Nadu 111/1 (Abhinav Mukund 67 no, Baba Aparajith 30 no)

Bengal virtually out of Mushtaq T20 after losing to Vidarbha

Sedate batting by Bengal openers led to their third defeat as hosts Vidarbha kept their quarter-final hopes alive with a four wicket win a group A league encounter of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

Batting first, Bengal managed an unimpressive 147 for five in 20 overs largely due to the slow batting from opener Abhishek Das, who struggled to reach 56 consuming 52 deliveries in the process.

Brief Scores: Bengal 147/5 (Abhishek Das 56, Sayan Sekhar Mondal 52, Akshay Karnewar 2/26) Vidarbha 151/6 (Faiz Fazal 49, Apoorv Wankhede 37).

Umang fires UP to four-wicket win against Mumbai

Middle-order batsman Umang Sharma struck an unbeaten 47 to help Uttar Pradesh steal a tense four-wicket win against big guns Mumbai in the Group D Twenty20 cricket match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Chasing 165 for a win at the Barabati Stadium, UP top-order batsmen squandered away good starts only to see Umang stay on with his 32-ball blitz and help the side achieve the target with two balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 164/6 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 78, Akhil Herwadkar 28; Ankit Rajpoot 2-27, Piyush Chawla 2-21) Uttar Pradesh 168/6 in 19.4 overs (Umang Sharma 47 not out, Prashant Gupta 33; Dhawal Kulkarni 2-31, Siddhesh Lad 2-27)

Karn Sharma’s fiver seals 49-run win for Railways

Captain Karn Sharma grabbed five wickets in a brilliant display of spin bowling as Railways thrashed Goa by 49 runs in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket match.

Leg-spinner Sharma, who had figures of 5/24 in his four overs, bamboozled Goa batsmen who could score just 116 for nine in 20 overs while chasing 166 for a win at the Reliance Stadium.

Brief Scores: Railways: 165/8 in 20 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 39; Saurabh Bandekar 4/25) Goa: 116/9 in 20 overs ( Karn Sharma 5/24, Ranjit Mali 4/24)

Himachal beat Haryana by two wickets

Himachal Pradesh defeated Haryana by two wickets in a low scoring game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.

Himachal limited Haryana to 122 for nine before reaching the target with four balls to spare.

Brief scores: Haryana 122/9 in 20 overs (RM Dagar 39, HV Patel 26; B Sharma 3/20) Himachal Pradesh 123/8 in 19.2 overs (Robint Bist 27; A H Hooda 3/15)