Meghalaya ended Mumbai’s winning streak after they defeated the domestic giants by six wickets in a league match of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy (India’s domestic T20 tournament) 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 tournament this year.
Opting to bat first, Mumbai failed to capitalise on the flying start provided by openers Jay Bista (44 off 30 balls, 6x4, 1x6) and Aditya Tare (27 off 22 balls, 4x4), 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-ball 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.
In the first game at Wankhede stadium, Haryana defeated Mizoram by seven wickets, as they chased the 96-run target in 9.4 overs.
Earlier, in the first game at Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bengal got better of their opponents Madhya Pradesh by six wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 65 by opener Shreevats Goswami.
In the second game at BKC, Pondicherry defeated Assam by six wickets.
Mumbai 157/6 (Jay Bista 44, Suryakumar Yadav 28; Swarajeet Das 2-31) lost to Meghalaya 164/4 (Ravi Bhamidipati 61 not out, Sanjay Yadav 55; Shardul Thakur 2-34) by six wickets.
At Wankhede: Mizoram 95/5 (Pawan Prasad 32, Taruwar Kohli 26, Yuzvendra Chahal 1-17) lost to Haryana 97/3 (Chaitanya Bishnoi 42 not out, Harshal Patel 39; Lal Hruai Zela 3-26) by seven wickets.
At BKC: Madhya Pradesh 112 all out (Rajat Patidar 43, Rishabh Chouhan 20; Akash Deep 3-13, Shahbaz Ahamad 3-22) lost to Bengal 114/4 (Shreevats Goswami 65 not out, Agniv Pan 16 not out; Ishwar Pandey 2-20) by six wickets.
At BKC: Assam 102 all out (Rajjakuddin Ahmed 31, Abdul Mazid 30, R Vinay Kumar 4/4) lost to Pondicherry 106/4 (Paras Dogra 38 not out, Anand Subramanian 32; Rajjakuddin Ahmed 1- 15) by six wickets. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket tournament
TN outplay Tripura
Tamil Nadu thrashed Tripura by eight wickets in a Group ‘B’ match of the tournament in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
Electing to bat, Tripura recovered from a nightmarish 9/7 in 5.1 overs to make 79/8 in the allotted 20 overs, which Tamil Nadu overhauled in 12.1 overs, riding on a breezy knock of 46 (32 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) by Washington Sundar.
Left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, opening the attack, was the best bowler with figures of 4/6 in 4 overs which included two maidens. His victims were opener Joydeep Banik, Pratyush Singh, Milind Kumar and Kaushal Acharjee.
Barring Acharjee, the others made ducks.
Left-arm seamer T Natarajan took three wickets, giving away only 4 runs in his four overs.
Five Tripura batsmen failed to open their account as the team appeared to be in danger of being bowled out for the lowest ever T20 score.
Some dogged batting and big hitting by Saurabh Sankar Das (44, 50 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes) and Neelambuj Vats (28 not out, 47 balls, 1 four, 1 six) ensured that Tripura played out the quota of overs and reached 79.
Washington, pushed up to open, hit four boundaries and hoisted two big sixes, before being caught by keeper Joydeep Banik off Abhijit Chakraborty for 46.
Baba Aparajith (33 not out) saw the team home along with M Shahrukh Khan (0 not out).
In other games, Rajasthan cruised to a seven-wicket win over Kerala thanks to Rajesh Bishnoi’s unbeaten 76 and Uttar Pradesh beat Manipur by a similar margin.
The UP-Manipur match saw India medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar return after being out of action since the tour of West Indies where he featured in the T20s. He has been recovering from a hamstring injury and a side strain and assessed himself for a comeback when he participated in a “skill session” during Indian team’s practice ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh in Indore.
Tamil Nadu has joined Vidarbha at the top with 16 points from five matches.
\Kerala 164 for 6 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 53, Sachin Baby 47, Vishnu Vinod 36, Khaleel Ahmed 2/28, Deepak Chahar 2/29) lost to Rajasthan 167 for 3 in 17 overs (Rajesh Bishnoi 76 not out, Arjit Gupta 44, Manender Singh 35). Rajasthan: 4 points, Kerala: 0.
Manipur 89 for 7 in 20 overs (Rex Singh 30, Moshin Khan 2/9, Ankjit Rajpoot 2/14) lost to Uttar Pradesh 93 for 3 in 12.4 overs (Rinku Singh 39 not out). UP: 4 points, Manipur: 0.
Tripura 79 for 8 in 20 overs (Saurabh Sankar Das 44, Neelambuj Vats 28 not out, R Sai Kishore 4/6, T Natarajan 3/4) lost to Tamil Nadu 80 for 2 in 12.1 overs (M S Washington Sundar 46, B Aparajith 33 not out). TN: 4 points, Tripura: 0.
Dhawan’s struggles continue
Shikhar Dhawan failed for the second match on the trot 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.
Medium pacers Simarjeet Singh (3/21) and Pranshu Vijayran (2/22) were the key wicket takers for Delhi.
The win helped Delhi move to the fourth spot in Group E with 16 points from six games, while Jharkhand is atop the standings with 18 points from as many matches.
Meanwhile in other matches of Group E, Jammu and Kashmir beat Nagaland by eight wickets, while Gujarat and Saurashtra defeated Odisha and Sikkim by six wickets each respectively.