Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Mumbai out after 17-run loss to Rajasthan
Deepak Chahar once again impressed with a three-wicket haul against Mumbai to guide Rajasthan to a hat-trick of wins, putting them in final contention alongside Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy here yesterday
Deepak Chahar once again impressed with a three-wicket haul against Mumbai to guide Rajasthan to a hat-trick of wins, putting them in final contention alongside Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy here yesterday. Rajasthan have 12 points, while Punjab are on eight as the top two teams will clash in a virtual semi-final at Eden Gardens. Electing to bat, Rajasthan rode on Mahipal Lomror's career best 74 in 55 balls to pile 175 for six before Chahar's tidy 3-27 ensured a 17-run win as Mumbai managed 158 for eight in the first match at Eden Gardens.
Number four Lomror, 18, stitched an 86-run crucial partnership with Chetan Bist (41 off 35 balls). After Bist's departure, Tajinder Singh hammered a quick fire 17-ball 43 in a 75-run partnership with Lomror to prop up the total. Mumbai were off to a brisk start with Akhil Herwadkar's 51-ball 68 (6x4, 3x6) and Jay Bista (29 off 18) putting on a 54-run opening stand off 38 balls. Fresh from a career best five for 15 on Tuesday, Chahar triggered the collapse accounting for Herwadkar, Shivam Dube and Akash Parkar to race to 10 wickets in three games of Super League. Khaleel Ahmed and off-spinner Tajinder accounted for two wickets each.
In Group 'A', Suresh Raina continued his imperious form with a third successive half-century in Uttar Pradesh's second win, as they will battle it out with Delhi for the other final spot. With eight points from three matches each, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will lock horns in another 'knockout' match of Group 'B' at the Jadavpur University second campus ground. Earlier at the Jadavpur University second campus ground, the Uttar Pradesh captain kept them in the hunt for a second title as they eliminated two-time champions Baroda with a resounding seven- wicket win. Chasing a stiff 193 after they opted to field, Uttar Pradesh were in trouble with 0-1 in the first ball but Raina and opener Umang Sharma made it easy in the end with a match-winning 160-run partnership off 90 balls.
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