Birthday boy Unmukt Chands century went in vain as Kerala thrashed Delhi by six wickets in a Super League Group A match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Put into bat,Delhi made 195 for four with Unmukt scoring 105 off 67 balls with 12 boundaries and four sixes. In reply,
Kerala knocked off the runs in 18 overs as Rohan Prem (92,51b) and Sachin Baby (48,19b) created mayhem,smashing 83 runs in only 6.2 overs. Prem hit nine fours and three sixes while Baby,who will play for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL,hit seven fours and two sixes.
On his 20th birthday,Unmukt helped himself to his maiden century in the T20 format. The former India U-19 captain shared a 123-run partnership with Milind Kumar,who chipped in with 48 off 33 balls.
Brief Scores: Delhi 195/4 in 20 overs (Unmukt Chand 105,Milind Kumar 48) lost to Kerala 197/4 in 18 overs (Rohan Prem 92*,Sachin Baby 48).
bengal win thriller
In Group B,skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla led from the front with a punishing knock as Bengal beat Baroda by four runs. Put into bat at the Holkar Stadium,Bengal made 149 for four as Shukla led the charge with a 23-ball-50,and restricted Baroda to 145 for nine.
During Barodas reply,India ODI seamer Shami Ahmed (2/26) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (3/19) kept a tight leash on the batsmen,with only Aditya Waghmode managing a decent score,making 47 off 33 balls. None of the other batsmen got past 20.
Brief Scores: Bengal 149/4 (LR Shukla 50,Shreevats Goswami 48) bt Baroda 145/9 (Aditya Waghmode 47,Sayan Sekhar Mondal 3/19,Shami Ahmed 2/26).
Brief Scores: Orissa 151/6 in 20 overs (G Podder 40,B Samantray 33,S Sahoo 37; Mehul Patel 2/29) lost to Gujarat 152/7 in 19.4 overs (Niraj Patel 40,Parthiv Patel 29,J Karia 29; B Mohanty 3/27); Punjab 129 in 18.1 overs (R Inder Singh 60; S Binny 3/26) lost to Karnataka 133/8 in 19.4 overs (M Pandey 31,CM Gautam 31; S Kaul 2/16,Rajwinder Singh 2/28,Rahul Sharma 2/34).