But thereafter, Haryana struggled to make further inroads as Sharma in the company of Singh settled in the Powerplay and led them to 176 for seven. Singh smashed a 36-ball 64, while Sharma remained unbeaten on a 48-ball 50 in a 100-run partnership
Sheldon Jackson celebrates his half-century v Kerala. Pic/BCCI
Punjab, Vidarbha and Saurashtra recorded wins over their respective opponents to seal quarter-final berths in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament here on Sunday.
Sheldon Jackson top-scored for Saurashtra with a 44-ball 64 (4x4, 4x6) as they overcame a late challenge from Kerala, to win by nine runs and set up a quarter-final clash against Mumbai. Opening the batting, India Test batter Cheteshwar Pujara departed for a run-a-ball 11 (2x4) as Saurashtra lost two wickets in the Powerplay before Jackson led the charge to take them to 183 for six.
Kerala too had a jittery start but skipper Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby kept them in the hunt in an entertaining 98-run partnership. Samson slammed a 38-ball 59 (8x4) but he failed to finish off the chase, falling to Prerak Mankad (2-26) in the 16th over. Baby remained unbeaten on 64 but it was not enough as the Kerala bowlers had their way.
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In the first match at Eden Gardens, wicketkeeper-batter Prabhsimran Singh and opener Abhishek Sharma slammed half-centuries as Punjab overcame a shaky start to defeat Haryana by 49 runs that set up their last-eight clash against Karnataka. Punjab lost their star Indian batter Shubman Gill (4) in the third over with Mohit Sharma giving Haryana an early breakthrough after they opted to field.
But thereafter, Haryana struggled to make further inroads as Sharma in the company of Singh settled in the Powerplay and led them to 176 for seven. Singh smashed a 36-ball 64, while Sharma remained unbeaten on a 48-ball 50 in a 100-run partnership.
In reply, Haryana were restricted to 172-9 as Punjab put up a disciplined bowling effort.
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