Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2012-13 March 29, 2013

UP clinch last-ball win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group A

Kerala increased their chances of making it to the final after winning their third match in a row when they beat Odisha by six wickets in Indore. Batting first, Odisha were rocked by wickets by Nizar Niyas (2 for 24) and VA Jagadeesh (2 for 10). However, cameos from Lagnajit Samal (20 off 16) and Suryakant Pradhan (18 off 16) led them to 125 for 8 with an unbeaten 35-run stand. Opener Ankit Yadav top-scored with 28.

Kerala lost four wickets in the chase, but Sanju Samson (41*) and Sachin Baby (33 off 24) made it easier with a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Nikhilesh Surendran chipped in with 22 at the top and Kerala won with four balls to spare.

Gujarat kept their hopes alive of playing the finals by beating Vidarbha by three wickets in Indore. Vidarbha were given a strong start by their top-order batsmen, Faiz Fazal (27), Amol Ubarhande (24 off 12) and Akshay Kolhar (23). But Jesal Karia struck with two blows in the 11th over. Shalabh Shrivastava (34) and Gaurav Upadhyaya (24) steered the innings from there, taking the total to 156 for 7. Jasprit Bumrah finished with figures of 3 for 33.

Gujarat lost three wickets quickly within four overs but Niraj Patel, who scored 47, took them past 50 with Chirag Gandhi and past 100 with Karia. Once Niraj was dismissed in the 16th over at the score of 103, Karia's knock of 47 from 30 balls, which included four sixes and three fours, took them closer to the target and eventually Akshar Patel (18 off 7) and Rohit Dahiya saw them home with five balls to spare.

Gujarat and Kerala are the top two teams in Group A and will play each other on Saturday.

Group B

In a tight, low-scoring match in Indore, Uttar Pradesh, with the help of two sixes towards the end by No. 10 Imtiaz Ahmed, clinched a last-ball victory by two wickets over Baroda at the Holkar Stadium. Chasing 129, UP lost their openers cheaply, but a 44-run stand between Mohammad Kaif and Tanmay Shrivastava, and a 42-run stand between Akshdeep Nath and the captain Piyush Chawla, steered them to a comfortable 107 for 4. However, Baroda were brought back in the contest as UP lost four wickets for six runs - with seamer Murtuja Vahora taking two of them - to be struggling at 113 for 8 in 19 overs. Ahmed struck 15 off five deliveries to take his side home.

Baroda's innings was based on a balanced effort by their top-order batsmen, with Hardik Pandya top-scoring with 37. Baroda suffered a collapse too, losing five wickets for 21 runs; spinner Amit Mishra and Vahora, with three wickets each, were the wreckers-in-chief of their respective sides in a contest that saw 16 wickets falling. With their third loss in as many games, Baroda were relegated to the last spot.

A responsible half-century from Lokesh Rahul helped Karnataka beat Bengal by four wickets. Karnataka, in pursuit of 152, lost their opener Amit Verma in the second over, but Robin Uthappa scored a quick 41 to give them a rapid start amid wickets falling fairly early. His knock was backed up by a Rahul, who struck valuable stands with Manish Pandey and Stuart Binny to help them achieve victory in the final over. Seamer Shami Ahmed took three wickets, but was the most expensive bowler, giving away 39 runs in his four overs. Bengal's innings revolved around an innings of 42 from No. 3 Sayan Mondal, and a 55-run stand for the seventh wicket between Debabrata Das (31) and Arnab Nandi (37*).

Karnataka moved to the second spot in the points table after the win.

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  • Mohan on March 30, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Who qualified from Gr A? Kerala or Gujarat

  • Jayaesh on March 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Anand Kumar, average speed of Imtiaz Ahmed is around 130 KM/PH and fastest must be 133 or 134, if you looking for young Indian bowlers with pace Jasprit Bumra is reckoned to be bowling in 140's and there is one Royston Dias Mumbai u-19 player who has been signed by Delhi Daredevils , he is mighty quick and even impressed Sachin Tendulkar greately when he faced him in the nets, also look out for Siddarth Kaul,Mohit Sharma,Ankit Rajput,Ronit More , all these guys can touch 140 occasionaly , hey but speed is not everything , seam ,swing, bounce and most important wicket taking ability that matters most ...

  • Sony on March 30, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    imthiaz ahmed bowls in the 125 to 130 kmp range and is not an international class bowler. @Al_Bundy1, unfortunately isanth sharma is the best fast medium bowler in india (when umesh is injured). so we have not other options other than keep selecting him again and again irrespective of pathetic performances. all the medium pace bowlers at domestic level (top performers) are below average. only guy who impressed me a bit is sidharth kaul of punjab.

  • Mohan on March 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I agree with Rakshitha & Anand kumar, KL Rahul is good player. he should be selected by any of the IPL team. in this T20 series he scored three 50's & 30's.& done well in all forms tests & ODI's. he is a player to watch for Indian team.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    What is pace of imtiaz ahmed,does anybody know?What are his specialities?He can bat and bowl well.But I don'y know much about him.Well,rahul must be selected in any team.Even chirag jani is too good.

  • Rakshith on March 30, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    why isnt any ipl franchise selecting kl rahul?? he is playing an amazing innings and has already scored 3 quick half centuries.. any kind of politics in the selection commitee??

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Delhi, Vidarbha and Odisha have had atleast two defeats. Hence those three teams are out of the competition.

    So, that leaves only Kerala and Gujatat in the reckoning from their group. Now, even if Gujarat beat Kerala, it will only leave them with same points as Kerala. But, Gujarat's current NRR is very poor as they were defeated by Delhi by a huge margin of 112 Runs. (Kerala's NRR is +0.652. Gujarat's NRR is -1.722. This is a huge difference)

    So, all Kerala need to do is to avoid a heavy defeat.

    By The By - The above calculation is based on my assumption that, if two teams are tied on same points, then, they will follow the simple and straight forward method of team with the better run rate will advance.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Well done Kerala....we are proud of u boys!!!

  • Al on March 29, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    I think Imtiaz Ahmed of UP is a future India star. He has already done well as a fast bowler. In this match he also displayed his batting skills. If the Indian Selectors give him one chance instead of pathetic Ishant, he can perform there too.

  • Binu on March 29, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Lokesh Rahul of Karnataka , SS mondal of Bengal and S Pradhan of Odesha are upcoming stars in this T20 League

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