Round-up: BCCI T20 League, April 4
All-round Rishi Dhawan stars in Himachal win
Big-hitting batsmen Virender Sehwag and Yusuf Pathan continued to play a vital role in their respective teams’ victories on the penultimate day of the BCCI T20 League. Gautam Gambhir, Wriddhiman Saha and Murali Vijay were among others to pile on runs for their state sides. Rishi Dhawan once again put forth an all-round performance for Himachal. Here are the highlights of the day:
MPCA vs Vidarbha: S Baig and Ishwar Pandey helped restrict Vidarbha to 124 for eight to bowl their team to a 13-run win. Baig took three wickets, while Pandey picked two while defending 137 runs. Jatin Saxena's 45 had helped MP to 137 for nine earlier in the match.
Rajasthan vs Railways: With a four-wicket haul, Aniket Choudhary helped bowl Rajasthan to a seven-run win in Nagpur. Panjak Singh and Deepak Chahar claimed two wickets each, while G Singh chipped in with one wicket to bowl Railways out for 168 after posting 175 runs on the board. Rajesh Bishnoi’s 58, in addition to contributions from the top order, helped Rajasthan to a competitive total after they were asked to bat first.
Punjab vs SSCB: Harbhajan Singh's 78 and H Chawla's half-century helped Punjab to 154 for six after opting to bat first against SSCB. RP Sharma then claimed four-wickets, while Gurinder Singh and Mandeep Singh took one wicket each to restrict Services to 145 for nine and claim a nine-run win in Mohali.
Delhi vs Haryana: Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag’s run-fest powered Delhi to a nine-wicket with 15 balls to spare. While Gambhir remained unbeaten on 75, Sehwag missed out on his half-century by one run. Earlier, after opting to bat first, Haryana posted 140 for seven, courtesy A Barot’s 51 and GA Singh’s 64. Meanwhile, rest of the batsmen got out for single-digit scores. Ishant Sharma claimed four for nine as Delhi restricted the opposition to a modest total.
Himachal vs J&K: Bowlers helped Himachal to a 17-run victory over J&K while defending a modest total. Propelled by Rishi Dhawan’s 44 at the top of the order, Himachal had posted 127 for eight after they were asked to bat first. Vikramjeet Malik then sent back both J&K openers to leave the opposition on 30 for two and triggering a collapse. Bipul Sharma then claimed ID Singh for a duck, while Akshay Chauhan wrecked the middle order to finish with four wickets to his name. Dhawan then wrapped up the tail to bowl J&K out for 110 with three balls to spare.
Goa vs Karnataka: Goa marched to a thumping 108-run win over Karnataka in the ongoing Twenty20 League. After posting 174 on the board, Goa bundled out the touted Karnataka batting line-up for 66 in 13.2 overs. H Gadekar set the tone of the match by sending back Robith Uthappa, while G Gawas followed up with the wicket of Manish Pandey, leaving Karnataka on five for two. While Karun Nair top-scored for Karnataka with 21, R Smarath was the only other batsman to reach double-digit scores. The rest of the line-up succumbed to the Goa without much resistance. D Misal took three, while Gadekar and A Yadav picked two wickets each. Gawas, S A Badiuzzmama and A Desai chipped in with a wicket each as Goa wrapped up the opposition innings. Earlier, the in-form Goa openers - Sagun Kamat (95) and Swapnil Asnodkar (51) - set up the game for Goa with a 145-run partnership.
Andhra vs Hyderabad: After D Shivkumar and B Sudhakar ran through the Hyderabad line-up and bowled them out for 76, Andhra cantered to an eight-wicket win. Shivkumar claimed four scalps, Sudhakar picked three wickets, while D Swaroop Kumar took two and K Harish picked one to bundle Hyderabad out after opting to field first. DB Prasanth and NJ Sai Krishna made 33 runs each to take Andhra to the target.
Kerala vs Tamil Nadu: Kerala pulled off a two-wicket win with four balls to spare while chasing the 157-run target. Earlier, upon opting to bat first, Murali Vijay's 87 helped TN to 156 for four. Although Kerala were then reduced to 23 for three, Rohan Prem's 45 and Jafar Jamal's 41, along with P Prasanth's 18, took the team across the line.
Saurashtra vs Gujarat: Beaten by Gujarat, Saurashtra exited the tournament without a win under their belt. After posting 150 for four, Gujarat bowled Saurashra out for 88 to claim a 62-run win. Rohit Dahiya claimed four wickets, while R Bhat and A Patel picked two wickets each. Meanwhile, K Thakore and Jasprit Bumrah took one wicket apiece to wrap up the Saurashtra innings with 10 balls to spare. Earlier, Venugopal Rao set up the match in Gujarat's favour with a 61 not-out.
Baroda vs Maharashtra: Table toppers of the West Zone T20 League, Baroda, coasted to a six-wicket win after restricting Maharashtra to 139 for seven in their last game of the league. Yusuf Pathan took his team to yet another thumping victory with a 24-ball 57. With Rakesh Solanki, he smothered the Maharashtra attack in a 73-run partnership as they chased down the target with 15 balls to spare.
Bengal vs Tripura: Electing to bat first, Bengal were propelled to 196 for five by Wriddhiman Saha (71). The nine-bowler Bengal attack then kept Tripura down to 124 for eight to bag a 72-run victory in the zonal T20 encounter. Ashoke Dinda, who claimed two wickets, got the ball rolling by leaving Tripura on seven for two in the third over. The rest of the attack then chipped in to bowl the team to a comprehensive win.
Jharkhand vs Odisha: Odisha picked four points for their four-wicket win over Jharkhand in their East Zone match in Kolkata. After electing to bat first, Odisha prodded to 119 for eight at Eden Gardens. Paresh Patel then claimed three for 22 as Odisha held Jharkhand to 115 for six in the low-scoring encounter.
Report: Baroda vs Maharashtra, T20 West Zone, 2014
Yusuf Pathan powers Baroda to victory
Table-toppers of the West Zone T20 League, Baroda, coasted to a six-wicket win after restricting Maharashtra to 139 for seven in their last game of the league. Yusuf Pathan took his team to yet another thumping victory with a 24-ball 57. With Rakesh Solanki, he smothered the Maharashtra attack in a 73-run partnership as they chased down the target with 15 balls to spare.
Earlier, after electing to bat first, Maharashtra’s steady start was ended by Lukman Meriwala for 30. Vijay Zol, who was opening and appeared to be in good form, had his stumps disrupted soon. The young Maharashtra batsman has not been among the runs in the ongoing tournament and once again departed early. However, his opening partner Harshad Khadiwale was in sublime touch. He struck Irfan Pathan for couple of boundaries to claim 10 runs from the first over and continued to score at a steady pace.
Ankit Bawne, who replaced Zol in the middle, was posed a few questions by Hardik Pandya, but the batsman countered him with a six and four over point. The bowler, however, got a scalp in the next over. Although the wicketkeeper was not able to hold on to the ball after Khadiwale edged it, the batsman wasn’t allowed to capitalise on the life and was sent back later in the over.
Bawne followed him back into the hut 10 runs later. Backing up at the non-striker’s end, he was run out as the bowler got his hand to ball after Rahul Tripathi hit it straight back. Kedar Jadhav was next to return to the pavilion. After sweeping Krunal Pandya for four, he was stumped off the bowler.
As the innings entered the last quarter, Nikhil Naik was run out. And a bit later, Shrikant Mundhe, who was looking in good nick, found his bails clipped by Irfan after hitting him for a four. Tripathi then helped garner 11 more in the over to take the team to 111. Tripathi and Chirag Khurana added 11 more in the next over, but Irfan ended the stand in the penultimate over. Tripathi took a swing at the ball in an attempted big hit, but the ball lobbed up and was caught by Krunal Pandya. Khurana powered Irfan straight down as he looked to build a modest total with Akshay Darekar.
Although they lost wickets at regular intervals, Maharashtra had posted a respectable 139 on the board.
A direct hit by Khadiwale from mid-wicket ran out Aditya Waghmode to leave Baroda on nine for one in the second over. And Kedar Devdhar offered a catch to the wicketkeeper off Khurana nine runs later. Rakesh Solanki and Hardik took the innings forward with a 49-run partnership until Mundhe struck to halt it. The in-form Hardik had sent Darekar sailing over the off side for a six and then pulled Bawne over the ropes, before Mundhe took the edge of his bat and the ball was caught by Naik behind the stumps. Two balls later, the pacer caught Deepak Hooda off his own bowling to give Maharashtra a double break in the over. Handed the ball with Baroda cruising, Mundhe delivered a wicket-maiden to leave the opposition on 69 for four.
Yusuf Pathan, who then joined Rakesh Solanki in the middle, displayed his big-hitting skills. He lofted Mundhe over mid-on for a six as he took Baroda forward. He continued to hit the ball all around the ground as he took Baroda past 100.
With 36 required off 30 balls, and Yusuf and Solanki milking the bowlers, Baroda were in a commanding position. The pair clobbered the opposition to scale the target.