Young Nitish Rana continued his blazing form as he pulverised Irfan Pathan-led Baroda to help Delhi win by five wickets en route their entry into quarter-final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament with an all-win record.
Batting first, Baroda managed a decent 153 for six in 20 overs. Australia bound T20 specialist Hardik Pandya warmed up nicely with an unbeaten 51-ball-81 that had five boundaries and six sixes. Left-arm spinners Manan Sharma bowled well to grab 4/17 in four overs.
In reply, Delhi finished the match with three balls to spare riding on left-hander Rana’s 29-ball-53 that had three boundaries and five sixes. Opener Unmukt Chand’s 29-ball-38 and Milind Kumar’s unbeaten 29 off 24 balls also proved to be significant contribution in the final context of the match.
Brief Scores: Baroda 153/6 (Hardik Pandya 81 no, Manan Sharma 4/17). Delhi 156/5 (Nitish Rana 53, Unmukt Chand 38, Milind Kumar 29).
Jharkhand advance with win over Kerala
Jharkhand defeated Kerala by six wickets to qualify for the knockout stage of the national T20 championship for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Opting to field in the Group B match, Jharkhand restricted Kerala to 169 for six in the stipulated 20 overs at St St Paul’s College Ground.
In reply, Jharkhand chased down the target in excatly 19 overs, reaching 174 with four wickets to spare. Ishank Jaggi top-scored for Jharkhand with 45 off 32 balls, while Kaushal Singh slammed 33 off just 18 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes to guide the side home.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was the most successful bowler for Jharkhand, returning impressive figures of three for 31 in his quota of four overs.
MP beat Assam by five wickets
Madhya Pradesh defeated Assam by five wickets in the national T20 championship for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here today.
Madhya Pradesh have four wins from six outings, while Assam are already out of the tournament having registered just two victories from as many matches while suffering four defeats.
Saurashtra win dead rubber
Himanshu Chawla played a belligerent half-century but other Punjab batsmen let the side down as Saurashtra won the inconsequential Group B match in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Both the teams have been eliminated from the tournament and it was a matter of going out on a high note.
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