Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy defending champions Karnataka held onto their nerves to pick up a thrilling five-wicket over Suresh Raina's Uttar Pradesh. Courtesy of the win, Karun Nair's men still remain in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals.
In other Elite Group A action, Punjab continued their merry run in this edition of the tournament with a comfortable 22-run win to book their spot in the last eight. Jammu & Kashmir ended their season on a high by scaling down a 134-run target with 7 wickets and 25 balls to spare against Railways.
As part of the Elite Group C matches, skipper Rishi Dhawan proved to be the hero for Himachal Pradesh. With his side staring down the barrel at 50/6 at one stage, Dhawan (48-ball 61*) joined forces with A Jamwal (14-ball 27*), and the duo registered a 71-run stand to help Himachal Pradesh scale down a 118-run target with 7 balls left.
In the other Group C game, Axar Patel's Gujarat exhibited some great character to set the cat among the pigeons in the Baroda camp during the former's 177-run chase. However, Baroda did well to keep Gujarat within the target and pick up a 12-run win that fixed their spot atop the Elite Group C points table.
Odisha and Assam played out a close contest at Kolkata, with the former clinching a 4-wicket win. Riyan Parag's 26-ball 42 was overshadowed by a 48-ball 64 from Subhransu Senapati, the latter's knock helping Odisha chase down the 149-run target with an over to spare.
We also had two matches going into a Super Over on the 9th day of the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand emerging victorious in their respective clashes.
*Note: Tamil Nadu v Bengal match will commence at 7 PM IST. Result will be included post culmination of the match.
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 Day 9 brief scorecards
Karnataka v Uttar Pradesh, Elite Group A at Alur
Karnataka 136/5 in 19.3 overs (Shreyas Gopal 47*, Devdutt Padikkal 34, Karan Sharma 2/23) beat Uttar Pradesh 132/8 (Abhishek Goswami 47, Karan Sharma 41, Praveen Dubey 3/15) by 5 wickets.
Punjab v Tripura, Elite Group A at Alur
Punjab 183/3 (Mandeep Singh 99*, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 63, AS Sarkar 1/30) beat Tripura 161/4 (Milind 64*, UU Bose 50, Sandeep Sharma 1/21) by 22 runs.
Jammu & Kashmir v Railways, Elite Group A at Alur
Jammu & Kashmir 135/2 in 15.5 overs (Suryansh Raina 48, Abdul Samad 39, Karn Sharma 2/17) beat Railways 133/9 (Mrunal Devdhar 57, Pratham Singh 42, Umran Malik 3/24) by 7 wickets.
Baroda v Gujarat, Elite Group C at Vadodara
Baroda 176/4 (Vishnu Solanki 59*, Abhimanyu Singh 34, Axar Patel 2/13) beat Gujarat 164/9 (Dhruv Raval 41, Axar Patel 36, NA Rathva 3/4) by 12 runs.
Himachal Pradesh v Maharashtra, Elite Group C at Vadodara
Himachal 121/6 in 18.5 overs (Rishi Dhawan 61*, As Jamwal 27*, AN Kazi 2/10) beat Maharashtra 117/9 (R Gaikwad 33, AN Kazi 17, Rishi Dhawan 3/22) by 4 wickets.
Odisha v Assam, Elite Group B at Kolkata
Odisha 154/6 (Subhransu Senapati 64, Pratik Das 20*, Riyan Parag 2/24) beat Assam 148/5 (Riyan Parag 42, Rajjakuddin Ahmed 32*, Govinda Poddar 2/28) by 4 wickets.
Chhattisgarh v Uttarakhand, Elite Group C at Vadodara
Chhattisgarh 167/9 & 15/1 (Vishal Singh 37, Ajay Mandal 29, A Madhwal 2/17) beat Uttarakhand 167/9 & 3/0 (Jay Bista 92, Kunal Chandela 25, Sourabh Majumdar 3/35)
Jharkhand v Hyderabad, Elite Group B at Kolkata
*Scorecard to be updated soon