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March 22, 2013
Delhi qualified for the Super League round of the tournament despite a five-wicket loss to Services. While the win brought Services level with Punjab and Haryana, they lost out because of a poor net run-rate. Batting first, Delhi were restricted to 110 for 7. Medium-pacer Sumit Singh was the most successful bowler for Services, picking two wickets for 15 runs. Services put up a confident chase, led by Yashpal Singh's 46 and reached the target with four balls to spare.
Punjab made their way into the next round with a two-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh. Siddarth Kaul's career-best 4-14 and two wickets from Manpreet Gony and Amitoze Singh helped Punjab dismiss Himachal for 100. Only Rishi Dhawan (31) and Ankush Bains (27) offered any resistance. Punjab's chase also floundered: although they scored at more than 10 an over for most of the match, Punjab lost eight wickets in the process. It was left to Chandan Madan and Kaul to take the team past the target in the 10th over, giving them an important victory.
Allrounder Joginder Sharma scored a career-best 35-ball 75 to take Haryana to an improbable last-ball victory over Jammu & Kashmir in Rohtak. Chasing 168, Haryana were in trouble at 89 for 6 before Joginder led two partnerships Rahul Dalal, and Amit Mishra, to see them home. The win, however, was of no consequence as they occupied the third position in the points table.
After J&K were put in to bat, Joginder, Ashish Hooda and Amit Mishra reduced them to 40 for 7, before Syed Sagar and Bandeep Singh put on 109, the second-highest partnership for the eighth wicket in Twenty20s. Sagar, who made his debut, scored a 36-ball 74, and Bandeep scored a 39-ball 52, as their stand took J&K to 167 for 9.
Delhi, Punjab qualify for the Super League round
P Prasanth's wicket haul of 4 for 13 helped Kerala defend their 146-run target against Goa. VA Jagadeesh anchored Kerala's innings, scoring 60 as the side reached 146 for 9. In reply, Goa began poorly and were stuttering at 23 for 3. Ravikant Shukla and Reagan Pinto attempted to revive the chase with a 48-run stand, but the rest of the batsmen were dismissed in single scores. Prasanth and Sandeep Warrier did most of the damage, picking up four and three wickets respectively. The win took Kerala to the Super League round.
Hyderabad held on to an eight-run victory over Tamil Nadu. Hyderabad posted a strong total of 167 for 7 with contributions from T Suman (48), B Sandeep (44) and H Vihari (21). Tamil Nadu started well, but their chase faltered once the top order was dismissed. C Milind's hat-trick in the final over was decisive, effectively ending Tamil Nadu's chances of pulling off the chase.
Karnataka successfully chased Andhra's total with nine wickets to spare, to go to the top of the table and enter the Super League phase. Andhra put up decent partnerships to get to 107 for 5 in the 16th over, but lost their next five wickets for 23 runs to end at 130. Manish Pandey picked up his second four-wicket haul in as many matches to finish with career-best figures of 4 for 27. In reply, Karnataka's Mayank Agarwal and Lokesh Rahul put together a 136-run partnership after losing Pandey early on. The pair sealed the match in the 19th over. Agarwal finished on 75 not out, and Rahul was unbeaten on 60.
Karnataka, Kerala qualify for the Super League round
In a tight contest in Ahmedabad, Maharashtra beat Baroda by seven runs. Batting first, Vijay Zol and Kedar Jadhav's half-centuries and sizeable contributions from Nikhil Naik (30) and Prayag Bhati (27) lifted Maharashtra to 178 for 4. In reply, Baroda lost wickets regularly, but a solid 32-ball 60 from Kedar Devdhar and a 26-ball 44 from Hardik Pandya kept them in the hunt. They were eventually bowled out in the final over. Seamers Samad Fallah and Shubham Ranjane took three wickets each.
A combined batting performance was backed up by a five-wicket haul from seamer Mehul Patel, as Gujarat thrashed Saurashtra by 72 runs. Defending 187, Gujarat took wickets regularly to keep themselves on top throughout. Mehul dismissed the openers and cleaned up the tail, with fellow seamer Jignesh Patel and spinners Rakesh Dhurv and Akshar Patel taking the other wickets, as Saurashtra were bowled out for 115.
Gujarat's innings revolved around sizeable knocks from Parthiv Patel (37), Manprit Juneja (31), Akshar (43*) and Jesal Karia (31). All scored at a rapid pace to keep their innings run-rate at over nine an over. The win gave Gujarat top spot in the points table.
Gujarat, Baroda qualify for the Super League round
Madhya Pradesh lost seven wickets for 17 runs to hand Rajasthan a six-run win in Nagpur. Chasing 152, they lost their openers cheaply in the first over, but wicketkeeper Naman Ojha led a 75-run stand with the captain Udit Birla, and a 50-run stand with Harpreet Singh, to lead them to 128 for 3 before the collapse, which saw them being bowled out in the final over. Ojha scored 85 off 60 deliveries, but seven other batsmen scored in single digits. Seamer Rituraj Singh was Rajasthan's most productive bowler, with four wickets.
Rajasthan's innings revolved around a 88-run stand between opener Ankit Lamba (64) and Rajesh Bishnoi (52). They took the third spot after the win.
An all-round effort from Uttar Pradesh helped them to an eight-wicket win against Vidarbha in Nagpur. Choosing to field, UP kept chipping away at their opponents, as besides Apoorv Wankhade, who scored 40 off 22 balls, and Shalabh Shrivastava (22), none of the other batsmen provided any resistance. They eventually limped to 128 for 9. The wickets were shared around, with seamer RP Singh proving the most effective bowler, taking 2 for 18 off his four overs.
In reply, opener Prashant Gupta and No. 3 Mohammad Kaif scored half-centuries, sharing a stand of 96 to help their side home in the penultimate over.
Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha qualify for the Super League round
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