An 82-run stand between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave Delhi a six-wicket win over Himachal in the North Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Chandigarh. Himachal, who were put in to bat, scored 134 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. The Himachal innings was propelled by an unbeaten 40 from skipper Paras Dogra. Nikhil Gangta and Rishi Dhawan too contributed with the bat and scored 29 and 27 runs, respectively.
In reply, Sehwag and Gambhir started brightly. The former was particularly harsh on the bowlers as his 42 runs came off 32 balls, including five boundaries and a six. Gambhir on the other hand was more circumspect, scoring 41 off 40 with six boundaries. Delhi lost quick wickets after Sehwag fell but a responsible approach from Milind Kumar and Rajat Bhatia took them over the line.
Brief scores: Himachal Pradesh: 134 for 6 in 20 overs (P Dogra 40, N Gangta 29; I Sharma 2/22) lost to Delhi 135 for 4 in 18.2 overs (V Sehwag 42, G Gambhir 42;B Sharma 2/28)
Easy for Services
Services registered a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Jammu and Kashmir. J&K, batting first, could only manage 91 thanks to Services pacer Shadab Nazar who snared four wickets for 13 runs. Abhishek Sakuja and Avishek Sinha also chipped in with a couple of wickets to send Jammu and Kashmir packing.
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In reply, Services overhauled the target in 16.4 overs with Rajat Paliwal taking the team home with an unbeaten 29.
Brief scores: J&K: 91 all out in 18.4 overs (S Beigh 24, V Dogra 16; S Nazar 4/13, A Sakuja 2/14) lost to Services: 93 for 3 in 16.4 overs (R Paliwal 29 n.o, A Gupta 25; A Nabi 2/13)
Shukla, Gani impressive
In Kolkata, Bengal beat Assam by 44 runs at the Eden Gardens. Electing to bat, Bengal scored 161 for four in 20 overs. Manoj Tiwary and Lakshmi Ratan Shukla shared a 54-run stand, with the former scoring 32 while Shukla helped himself to his fourth T20 half-century, scoring 53 off 42 balls.
Assam could manage 117 before folding up off the last ball of the match. Former India under-19 off-spinner, Aamir Gani was the pick of the Bengal bowlers, scalping three wickets for 18 runs off his four overs. Both Ashoke Dinda and Saurashish Lahiri registered two wickets apeice.
Brief scores: Bengal: 161 for 4 in 20 overs (LR Shukla 53 n.o, M Tiwary 32; P Das 2/30) beat Assam 117 all out in 20 overs (D Jadhav 38, J Syed Mohammed 18; A Gani 3/18, SS Lahiri 2/22)
Pandey scores 60
In the South Zone group, Karnataka were hardly troubled as they beat Andhra by seven wickets. Chasing 132 to win, Manish Pandey’s attacking 60 off 51 along with KL Rahul’s 41 off 34 helped them achieve the target with 10 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Andhra: 131 for 5 in 20 overs (R Bhui 53, DB Prasanth 29; A Kazi 2/25) lost to Karnataka 132 for 3 in 18.2 overs (M Pandey 60, KL Rahul 41; B Sudhakar 2/19)
Goa upset Tamil Nadu
In perhaps the biggest upset of the day, Goa registered a seven-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu, chasing down 149 runs in just 17.5 overs.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu: 148 for 6 in 20 overs (D Karthik 35, B Indrajith 30; H Gadekar 2/17, A Yadav 1/22) lost to Goa: 152 for 3 in 17.5 overs (S Kamat 89, S Asnodkar 41; B Aparajith 2/24)