/SMA: Punjab lose to Maharashtra but qualify for Super League

SMA: Punjab lose to Maharashtra but qualify for Super League


Rahul Tripathi blasted 63 off 27 in Maharashtra's victory.

Rahul Tripathi blasted 63 off 27 in Maharashtra’s victory. © BCCI

Batting performance of the day

Led by half-centuries from Azim Kazi (71 off 36) and Rahul Tripathi (63 off 27), Maharashtra secured a comfortable 45-run win and finished Group C on top with 20 points. The side was 90 for 4 in 12 overs when the two batsmen collaborated to score 111 in the last eight overs. Mandeep Singh got a half-century in the chase but that wasn’t enough to save the day. However, Punjab, despite the heavy defeat also made it to the next round, after being tied with Chandigarh, Chhattisgrah, Railways and Hyderabad on 16 points. The NRR was used to settle the difference between sides, which put Punjab on top

Harshal Patel, opening the batting, smashed 82 off 40 to lift Haryana to 202 for 6 as they beat Meghalaya by 99 runs. The next best score came from Rahul Tewatia, who made 31. Patel then starred with the ball as well to pick three to cap off a great day at the office. Haryana finished the group stage with 24 points, equal with Mumbai. However, their head-to-head record put them second in Group D.

Two to tango

Chintan Gaja (4 for 15) and Hardik Patel (3 for 17) were the chief destroyers against Jammu & Kashmir as Gujarat restricted them to 101 all out. Gaja picked three of the top five batsmen to put his side ahead before Kshitij Patel and Chirag Gandhi drove the side home with an unbeaten 72-run stand. J&K, who were in with a chance of qualifying for the Super League, eventually ended up placed fourth on the points table while Gujarat finished third – equal on 18 points.

Thrill-a-minute clash

In a dead rubber contest, Puducherry gave Madhya Pradesh a mighty scare before falling short by five runs in a chase of 177. Ashutosh Sharma smashed 84 off 51 even as Vinay Kumar picked four wickets to keep things in check. Arun Karthik made 60 off 41 as the chase stretched close. Vinay made 11 off 12 but Fabid Ahmed hit 18 off 6 to take the side within touching distance.

Odisha crumble, Delhi progress

Suryakant Pradhan’s 20-ball 48 went in vain as Delhi beat Odisha by 20 runs to secure a place in the Super League. They finished equal on points – 22 – with Jharkhand but got the top place due to their better head-to-head record. Led by Shikhar Dhawan’s 33-ball 35, and handy contributions by the rest of the top order, Delhi posted 149 for 6. In response, Odisha’s top order crumbled and despite a 54-run stand between Biplab Samantaray and Pradhan, Odisha couldn’t steady themselves well. They were eventually bowled out for 129 in 18.1 overs.

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