Round-up: BCCI T20 League, April 2
Ashish Hooda claims fiver for Haryana
Haryana pacer Ashish Hooda claimed five for 22 to help his team to victory in the BCCI T20 League. Here are the highlights of the day:
MPCA vs UPCA: UP pulled off a three-wicket win with a ball to spare against MP at Nagpur. Electing to field first, they reduced MP to 16 for three. However, U Birla's 26 and Jatin Saxena's 28 in the middle order – along with S Baig's 38 not-out lower down the order – helped MP to 139 before being bowled out on the last ball of the innings. PP Chawala’s unbeaten 45 then helped UP chase down the target with a ball to spare.
DDCA vs J&K: DDCA cantered to a six-wicket win against J&K in their Twenty20 match in Chandigarh. Electing to field first, Delhi restricted J&K to 119 for eight. While Parvez Rasool top-scored for his team with a valiant 44, the rest of the bating line-up collapsed in face of Delhi’s bowling.
Varun Sood claimed three wickets, while Rajat Bhatia picked two as they ran through the opposition line-up. Delhi then chased down the target with an over to spare. Although Gautam Gambhir departed early, the middle order contributed to take their team to victory. Unmukt Chand made 39 runs, while Virender Sehwag made 22 and Rajat Bhatia scored 28.
Haryana vs SSCB: A Hooda claimed five for 22 to bowl Haryana to an eight-run win. Earlier, A Barot's 78 at the top of the order helped Haryana post 144 for seven. Chasing the target, Services caved in after a 60-run opening stand between N Verma and Yashpal Singh. Verma scored 46, while S Swain made 32 not-out while chasing the 145-run target.
Andhra v Tamil Nadu: TN won by 32 runs under the VJD system. Earlier, inserted to bat first, Murali Viajy’s 54 and Baba Aprajith’s 41 helped TN to 157 for seven. Rahil Shah then fashioned TN’s victory with a four-wicket haul. He was complemented by M Mohammed (two wickets) and the rest of the attack in bowling Andhra out for 126.
Goa v Kerala: Goa pulled off a thrilling two-run win against Kerala after setting them a 150-run target in their Twenty20 match. Asked to bat first, Sagun Kamat and Swapnil Asnodkar set up the game with a 90-run opening stand. However, the batsmen that followed failed to capitalise on the platform laid by the pair. They succumbed to the Kerala bowling attack in quick succession. H Gadekar claimed three wickets, while A Yadav and D Misal picked two each to help hold Kerala to 147 for eight and claim the game.
Assam v Odisha: The Pritam Das-led Assam attack skittled Odisha out for 102 to claim a 35-run win. Pritam picked four for 19, while AN Ahmed, A Das and J Syed Mohammed picked two wickets each to bowl the opposition out for 102. Earlier, S Roy scored 47, while D Jadhav made 33 to help Assam reach a respectable 137 for six while batting first.
Jharkhand v Tripura: After setting Tripura a 139-run target, Jharkhand restricted the opposition to 127 to clinch an 11-run win in the ongoing T20 tournament. Earlier, after being reduced to two for 29, useful contributions by the middle order – in addition to I Jaggi's 36 at the top of the order – helped Jharkhand to 138 for seven. The Tripura batting line-up, with the exception of Yogesh Takawale, caved in to the Jharkhand bowling attack. Takawale went on to score 58, but the rest of the line-up's failure cost Tripura the game.
Baroda vs Gujarat: Baroda's Hardik Pandya and Irfan Pathan performed well with the bat and ball to take their team to a six-wicket win against Gujarat. The pair dismantled the Gujarat line-up and paved the way for a Baroda victory and then returned to chase down the sub-par target after their side lost three wickets with 12 runs on the board. In the day-night clash at Wankhede Stadium, Irfan set the tone of the innings by claiming three wickets in his second over and finished with 4-1-17-3, while Hardik finished with 4-1-7-3. The pair’s 58-run partnership then ensured Baroda attained the 80-run target comfortably. Click here to read the full report.
Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Mumbai posted a 16-run win against Saurashtra in the West Zone clash of the BCCI T20 League. A 46-run opening stand and unbroken 46-run partnership between Sarfaraz Khan and Sujit Nayak helped Mumbai to 145 for five. A late onslaught by the batsmen to collect 39 runs from the last two overs helped Mumbai’s cause. Cheteshwar Pujara then made 62 off 60 balls during Saurashtra’s run chase. The match was kept hanging in balance by the Saurashtra batsmen, but Zaheer Khan’s double-blow in the penultimate over tipped the match decisively in Mumbai’s favour. Click here for the full report.
Report: Mum vs Sau, T20 West Zone, 2014
Mumbai claim 16-run win over Saurashtra
Mumbai posted a 16-run win against Saurashtra in the West Zone clash of the BCCI T20 League. A 46-run opening stand and unbroken blistering 46-run partnership between Sarfaraz Khan and Sujit Nayak helped Mumbai to 145 for five. A late onslaught by the batsmen to collect 39 runs from the last two overs helped Mumbai’s cause. Cheteshwar Pujara then made 62 off 60 balls during Saurashtra’s run chase. The match was kept hanging in balance by the Saurashtra batsmen, but Zaheer Khan’s double-blow in the penultimate tipped the match in Mumbai’s favour.
Earlier, Tare got Mumbai off to a good start after being inserted to bat first at BKC Ground. The in-form Mumbai opener smashed the ball all over the ground, while Shushant Marathe played a more circumspect knock. The easy flow of runs was eventually stemmed by Arpit Vasavda. The left-arm spinner kept a tight leash on the batsmen and claimed the first four wickets. In his first over, he gave his team the crucial wicket of Tare. He halted the Mumbai opener by having him stumped for 29. After Tare’s departure, Marathe decided to take on the bowlers. He slammed Kamlesh Makwana twice to the boundary to take the team past 50 thereafter. However, Vasavda had him stumped as well in the following over to leave Mumbai on 55 for two. And two balls later, he knocked back Suryakumar Yadav’s stumps.
Abhishek Nayar was then joined in the middle by Shreyas Iyer. But 14 runs later, Vasvada struck again to send back the middle-order batsman. Iyer was caught by Prithivpal Solanki at long-on. Vasavada finished with figures of 4-0-19-4.
Sarfaraz Khan then made his way to the middle with the team on 71 for four in the 14th over. Nayar’s woodwork was then disrupted by Unadkat for 24, at a critical time when Mumbai needed to accelerate.
However, with Vasavda’s quota of overs finished and Mumbai trying to set a challenging total, Sarfaraz and Sujit Nayak clobbered the Saurashtra attack. In the penultimate over, Nayak hit Bhat for a six near the sightscreen followed by a boundary. He then smashed the bowler over long-on for six more. He added four more to collect 22 runs from that over. They continued the blitzkrieg as Sarfaraz struck Unadkat over mid-wicket for six. The pair added 17 more in the last over. Sarfaraz was unbeaten on 36, while Nayak had smashed 23 off seven balls.
Defending the total, Dhawal Kulkarni made the first dent in the Saurashtra line-up by sending back Sagar Jogiyani. With 15 runs on the board, Sheldon Jackson joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara. Halfway through the innings, Saurashtra had grafted 39 runs. But the pair soon broke the shackles and increased the run-rate. Pujara smashed Nayak over the fence to add six in the 11th over and Jackson smashed a boundary as they added 12 runs in the over and took their team past the 50-run mark. Runs came in more freely for Saurashtra as the pair looked to close in on the target. But Dake provided Mumbai a breakthrough by accounting for Jackson’s wicket.
The Saurashtra captain then walked out to the middle with the team on 72 for two. Jaydev Shah smashed Tambe over deep mid-wicket for six as he tried to take on the bowling attack. The batsmen had their task cut out for them as Saurashtra needed 64 off the last five overs.
With the match precariously poised, the Mumbai skipper brought himself back into the attack in the 17th over. Pujara reached his 50 with a four off Zaheer. Thanks to some bit hitting, Saurashtra were on 107 at the end of 17 overs.
However, Dake bowled Shah off the very next delivery, and later in the over, Kuldeep Raval was caught by Suryakumar at long-on. At 109 for four, Solanki came out to the middle. And the second last over, Zaheer dealt a double-blow to leave Saurashtra on 114 for six; a brilliant catch by Sarfaraz sent back Pujara, while Solanki was castled.
Facing the improbable task of scoring 30 runs off the last over, Saurashtra lost the match to Mumbai and are yet to open their account in the points table.