Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2012-13 March 28, 2013

Odisha stun Delhi with big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group A

A career best 4 for 11 from left-arm seamer Suryakant Pradhan helped Odisha clinch a convincing seven-wicket victory over Delhi in Indore. After Delhi chose to bat, Pradhan destroyed their top order; they couldn't recover from it and were eventually bowled out for 80 in the final over of the innings. No. 9 Pawan Negi was the top scorer with 20. In reply, Odisha lost their first wicket in the first over, but thereafter steadied themselves through patient knocks by Ankit Yadav (26), Arabind Singh (19) and Govind Podder (25), to reach the target in the penultimate over. With the win, Odisha moved above Gujarat to occupy the second-last place in the points table after three games.

An unbeaten 16-ball 42 from Raiphi Gomez took Kerala to a narrow one-wicket victory (VJD method) over Vidarbha in a rain-shortened match at the Emerald High School Ground. Kerala, chasing 108 from 13 overs, lost wickets quickly and were in danger of being bowled out cheaply, but Gomez helped his side score 52 off 29 balls, with wickets falling all around him, to get them home in the final over. Besides him and Sanju Samson, no other batsman put up any resistance. Vidarbha's innings revolved around a solid unbeaten 55 from Amol Ubarhande. He took them to 138 in 19 overs before rain delayed play. Kerala moved to the top spot of the table.

Group B

A responsible knock of 70 from Mohammad Kaif helped Uttar Pradesh to a 10-run victory over Karnataka in Indore. After UP were put in to bat, Kaif put on valuable partnerships of 51 (37 balls) and 70 (41 balls) with wicketkeeper Gaurav Tomar and Tanmay Shrivastava. Though they lost wickets towards the end of the innings, Kaif's innings ensured they set their opponents a target of 164. In their chase, Karnataka were pegged back by early wickets - they were reduced to 31 for 3 in the sixth over. Lokesh Rahul (34), Stuart Binny (39) and Karun Nair (29) kept them in the hunt, but wickets fell towards the end and they fell short of their target. The win gave Karnataka third place in Group B, above UP.

A solid top-order performance from Punjab, led by Ravi Inder Singh's knock of 60, helped Punjab clinch a 25-run victory over Bengal in a Group B tie at the Holkar Stadium. The foundation of a strong total was laid by Ravi's valuable stands of 46 with the captain Mandeep Singh, 39 with Gurkeerat Singh and 39 with Mayank Sidhana. Sidhana and Amitoze Singh accelerated towards the end of the innings to push their run-rate up, and get them to a competitive 168. Bengal lost wickets regularly in their chase, and the lack of a long knock or a partnership, despite a number of starts by batsmen, hurt them. The opener Shreevats Goswami was the top-scorer with 33; Bengal eventually limped to 143 for 8 in their 20 overs. Punjab took the top spot in the group with the win, with Bengal behind them at the second spot.

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  • Aju on March 29, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    If I am correct, If Gujarat wins over Kerala also they wont make it to final if it is a less margin..Kerala's run rate is +0.652 and Gujarat's -1.722..God Speed..Big day for Kerala cricket tomorrow..

  • Manoj on March 29, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    If Gujarat beat Kerala 30th, we will have to say thank you to Delhi and Vidarbha for being in the tournament. but if Gujarat looses to Kerala( the pool topper) then the Delhi -Vidabha match will be interesting. Whoever beats the other should beat them with a very high margin to keep Gujarat from being the 2nd in the pool.

    Kerala has beaten Odissa knocking Oddisa out of contention and Vidarbha lost to Gujarat on the 29th March matches.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Big moment for Kerala Cricket...t'morrow any result other than loss against Gujarat will bring them in final... can u believe it..?

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Kerala.....just one more step to reach the final......Hope more players will play in IPL from this Kerala Team...

  • Sandeep on March 29, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Wow Kerala starting to play as a team and win big matches, well done team kerala....

  • Rafique on March 29, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Kaif welldone he is playing brilliantly for up recently he should pick any of the ipl teams....i wish to see him in ipl....kerala welldone they are playing as unit if they consistent with this foam bright future ahead....congrats for sachin jagadeesh sandeep samson raify....

  • Naman on March 29, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @Cricketfan23: Lol at what you are saying. On the other hand, all the Delhites see how you people have overhyped Unmukt Chand and how he flopped against Orissa. Give the kid some space and let him score a lot of runs on the domestic circuit like Dhawan who also performed well during his U-19 days and has been quite consistent since then and only got his chance at the age of 28 odd years. Players can go downhill pretty quickly if you throw them into the deep end too quickly. Every kid is not a Tendulkar or a Yuvraj or a Bhajji who can break into a side at the age of less than 20 years.

  • Devendra on March 28, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Thank God Kochi Tuskers Kerala didn't win the IPL otherwise we wouldn't have heard the end of it given the response from kerlaites after the win over vidarbha.

  • Gins on March 28, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Take, Athletics or Volleyball or football..... Everywhere Kerala can simply outclass other teams from India. Now its time for cricket too..... Common guys... you can do it... We support you... and proud of you Team Kerala.

  • biju on March 28, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Now kerala have the rhythom of wins. Carry on boys yes yes we can do it !

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