Karnataka top South Zone in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20
Mayank Agarwal starred with 75* (60b, 9x4) as Karnataka topped the South Zone in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a 9 wicket over Andhra on Friday, March 22nd.
Andhra failed to build big partnerships and they were bowled out for 130 in their innings. Karnataka lost Manish Pandey off the fourth ball of their innings but Agarwal and L Rahul (60*, 48b, 4x4, 2x6) added an unbroken 135 runs for the second wicket to chase down the 131-run target.
The match was played at the Jawaharlal Nehru NEC Ground at Shimoga.
Sandeep Warrier (3/19) and Prasanth Parameswaran (1/17) helped Kerala defend 146 against Goa at Bhadravati on March 22nd.
Parameswaran got rid of opener Sher Yadav and conceded just 17 runs off his 3 overs. Warrier then removed the dangerous Swapnil Asnodkar and the in-form Sagun Kamat in successive overs before returning to get rid of Reagan Pinto. Goa’s batting collapsed as P Prasanth stepped in, taking 4/13 in his 4 overs to bowl them out for 108 and hand Kerala a 38 run win.
Arun Karthik struck 40 (24b, 5x4, 1x6) and Abhinav Mukund 20 (18b, 1x4) in Tamil Nadu’s 8 run loss against Hyderabad at the PESIT Grounds in Shimoga on March 22nd.
Set a target of 168, the 51 run 2nd wicket partnership between Arun Karthik and Mukund off just 33 balls kept TN’s chase alive. But Hyderabad’s bowlers kept chipping away, reducing them to 135/6 from 89/1.
TN were still in the game till 19.1 overs, at 159/6, they needed 9 runs off 5 deliveries but CV Milind then took a hat-trick. TN couldn’t get a single run even off the last two deliveries, meekly submitting to an 8 run loss.
RP Singh took 2/18 in Uttar Pradesh’s 8 wicket win against Vidarbha at Nagpur on March 22nd.
Vidarbha’s best batting display came from young Apoorv Wankhade at no. 8, his 40 (22b, 4x4, 2x6) helping them reach a decent 128/9 in their 20 overs.
UP lost opener Eklavya Dwivedi early in the chase and for cheap but finished the game quite easily from there. PSK Gupta hit 53 (47b, 5x4, 1x6) and with Mohammad Kaif (64*, 53b, 6x4, 1x6) added 94 for the second wicket. UP brought up the winning runs in just 18.3 overs to seal a comfortable 8 wicket win.
Murali Kartik top scored with 35 (20b, 8x4) and took 2/22 for Railways but couldn’t stop them from losing to Madhya Pradesh by 3 wickets in a thriller at Nagpur on March 21st.
Railways posted 158/7 and Kartik gave them a great start to the defense, dismissing the dangerous Naman Ojha early. Despite the regular loss of wickets, MP capitalized on the bowling of H Rathod to win the game with 2 balls to spare.