Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018: Karun Nair slams century, Rishabh Pant returns to form
Yuvraj Singh failed to shine, while Gautam Gambhir did not come out to bat.
Just over a year after becoming the second Test triple centurion from India, Karun Nair blasted a 48-ball ton in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament to announce his return to form, adding on to the 77 he scored yesterday.
Another Team India discard, young Rishabh Pant also found form with the bat, scoring a fifty to help Delhi ease past Jammu & Kashmir.
On the back of Nair's whirlwind century, Karnataka romped to a 78-run win over Tamil Nadu, thus ending their three-match winning streak. Nair helped his way to 111, powering his side to 179 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In response, Washington Sundar's 34 was the highest score for TN, as the site stumbled to 101, with Praveen Dubey picking up four wickets for only 18 runs.
Youngsters ruled the roost in the Andhra-Hyderabad game, with U-19 star Ricky Bhui starring for the Andhra side and helping them usurp Hyderabad by six wickets. For Hyderabad, the bright spot was Mohammed Siraj's three wickets that tried to challenge Andhra's chase.
In the Punjab-Haryana clash, after an initial hiccup, Haryana cruised to a five-wicket win, with Rahul Tewatia neutralising Barinder Sran's three-wicket haul. Yuvraj Singh managed a scratchy 16-ball 8, while Harbhajan Singh was economical with the ball, finishing with 2-16.
A high-intensity Jharkhand-Bengal game ended with Manoj Tiwary's side coming out trumps, beating Jharkhand by six wickets after chasing 178. Helped by Ishank Jaggi and Ishan Kishan's 112-run second-wicket stand, Jharkhand stacked up 177. In reply, a massive 130-run opening stand gave Bengal the perfect platform to chase the score in 19.2 overs.
In the Delhi-Jammu & Kashmir clash, Rishabh Pant found form, blazing to a 33-ball 51 to lap up the paltry chase quickly. Jammu, in the first innings, could manage exactly 100, with veteran Parvez Rasool top-scoring with 37. Pawan Negi was the wrecker-in-chief, with three wickets to his name.
Here are the scores:
Punjab 134-9 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 30, Amit Mishra 3-23) lost to Haryana 136-5 in 17.5 overs (R Tewatia 37, Barinder Sran 3-19) by 5 wickets.
J&K 100-9 in 20 overs (P Rasool 37, P Negi 3-27) lost to Delhi 104-2 in 11.3 overs (R Pant 51, P Rasool 2-41) by 8 wickets.
Chattisgarh 103 in 17.4 overs (A Khare 36, S Ahmed 4-12) lost to 104-3 in 17.3 overs (A Lamba 54, S Ruikar 2-28) by 7 wickets.
Vidarbha 156-5 in 20 overs (A Wankhade 43, I Pandey 1-10) beat Madhya Pradesh 149-9 in 20 overs (S Dhaliwal 45, R Thakur 4-29) by 7 runs.
Jharkhand 177-9 in 20 overs (Ishank Jaggi 72, Manoj Tiwary 2-21) lost to Bengal 179-4 in 19.2 overs (V Singh 63, K Singh 2-28) by 6 wickets.
Odisha 179-6 in 20 overs (G Poddar 55, S Majumder 2-24) beat Tripura 107 in 17.2 overs (G Singh 39, S Pradhan 4-24) by 72 runs.
Hyderabad 129-9 in 20 overs (B Sandeep 39, MH Reddy 3-30) lost to Andhra 133-4 in 18.2 overs (R Bhui 73, M Siraj 3-30) by six wickets.
Karnataka 179-9 in 20 overs (K Nair 111, A Davidson 5-30) beat Tamil Nadu 101 in 16.3 overs (W Sundar 34, P Dubey 4-19) by 78 runs.