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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Meghalaya stun Mumbai, Shikhar Dhawan fails again

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20s: Shikhar Dhawan failed to make a mark again on Friday, but the big story of the day was Meghalaya's win over heavyweights Mumbai.

By: PTI | Mumbai, Surat |
November 15, 2019 8:02:07 pm
Meghalaya players celebrate their win against Mumbai (Twitter/Conrad_Sangma)

Meghalaya ended Mumbai’s winning streak after they defeated the domestic giants by six wickets in the league match of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy on Friday.

After restricting the hosts to a below-par 157/6 at Wankhede Stadium, Meghalaya rode on half centuries by Ravi Bhamidipati (61 not out) and Sanjay Yadav (55) to chase the target with four balls to spare, despite a poor start.

This is Mumbai’s first loss in the tournamant and the result is also seen as a huge upset in cricketing circles.

Opting to bat first, Mumbai failed to capitalise on the flying start provided by openers Jay Bista (44 off 30 balls, 6×4, 1×6) and Aditya Tare (27 off 22 balls, 4×4), who added 73 runs for the first wicket.

But medium pacer Swarajeet Das (2-31) pegged back the hosts by dismissing both the openers in the ninth over.

One-down Shreyas Iyer (15), skipper Suryakumar Yadav (28), Siddhesh Lad (22) and last game’s hero Shubham Ranjane (8) failed to convert their starts, as Meghalaya bowlers, led by pacer Abhay Negi (2-41), made an impressive comeback.

Meghalaya started the chase on a poor note, as they lost their skipper Raj Biswa (0) in the first over. Soon, they were reeling at 41-3, with another opener Punit Bisht (23) and Swarajeet Das (0) back in the hut.

But Bhamidipati and Yadav had other plans, as their 92-run for the fourth wicket not only rebuilt the Meghalaya innings, but also took the game away from Mumbai.

Bhamidipati hit eight boundaries in his unbeaten 45 balls knock, while Yadav had six fours and two other hits over the fence.

Mumbai’s key spinner Shams Mulani dismissed Yadav in the 16th over, but it was too little and too late.

Bhamidipati in company of Abhay Negi (10 not out) took the visitors home, leaving Mumbai stunned.

Dhawan fails again but Delhi beat Jharkhand by 9 runs

Shikhar Dhawan failed yet again but Nitish Rana and Himmat Singh slammed half-centuries to help Delhi beat Jharkhand by nine runs in a Group E match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament here on Friday.

Sent into bat, Delhi rode on Rana (66 off 42 balls) and Himmat’s (51 not out off 22 balls) innings to post a challenging 176 for five and then restricted Jharkhand to 167 for six to pocket the vital win.

India opener Dhawan once again flopped, making just nine runs before being dismissed LBW by Utkarsh Singh. The left-hander was out for a duck against Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Besides Rana and Himmat, opener Hiten Dalal made a run-a-ball 38.

For Jharkhand off-spinner Utkarsh (2/24) scalped two wickets.

Chasing the target, Jharkhand had a bad start as they lost skipper Ishan Kishan (6) and Anand Singh (13) early.

Virat Singh (32), Saurabh Tiwary (24) and Kumar Deobrat (33) kept Jharkhand in the hunt.

Towards the end Utkarsh (49 not out off 25 balls) used his long handle to good effect but it was not enough to take Jharkhand home.

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