Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16 January 16, 2016

Rana half-century guides Delhi home

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Delhi 138 for 5 (Rana 60*, Aaron 3-27) beat Jharkhand 134 for 7 (Virat Singh 45, Jaggi 42, Awana 3-28) by five wickets
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File photo - Varun Aaron rocked Delhi's top order and finished with figures of 3 for 27 © Getty Images

An unbeaten half-century from Nitish Rana helped Delhi overcome a poor start and pull off a five-wicket win over Jharkhand at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Rana walked in with Delhi 14 for 3 chasing 135, and remained unbeaten on 60 off 44 balls (9x4, 1x6) after seeing them through with two overs to spare. He added 64 for the fourth wicket with Dhruv Shorey (30) and an unbroken 40 for the sixth wicket with Pawan Negi (24 not out). Varun Aaron, who struck twice in the third over of Delhi's innings, finished with figures of 3 for 27 from his four overs.

Sent in to bat, Jharkhand lost wickets at regular intervals, with Virat Singh (45) and Ishank Jaggi (42 off 29, 6x4) putting on the only significant stand of their innings, 62 for the fourth wicket. The highest score either side of that was Kumar Deobrat's 13, as Delhi's bowlers, led by Parvinder Awana's 3 for 28, kept them down to a score of 134 for 7.

Uttar Pradesh 167 for 3 (Samarth 65*, Umang 38) beat Gujarat 165 for 6 (Juneja 54, Gandhi 41) by seven wickets
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Uttar Pradesh coasted to their second successive win with a seven-wicket win against Gujarat in Mumbai. Chasing 166, Samarth Singh struck an unbeaten 65 - his first fifty - to help Uttar Pradesh romp to the target with an over to spare.

Uttar Pradesh lost Prashant Gupta early before Suresh Raina (21 off 12) and Samarth combined for a brisk 31-run stand. Umang Sharma (38) and Samarth then put on 63 to help Uttar Pradesh into the ascendancy. Rush Kalaria picked up two wickets.

Earlier, Gujarat rode on a 40-ball 54 from Manpreet Juneja after losing their openers early. However, it was Chirag Gandhi who provided the required impetus to the innings with a quick 41 to help Gujarat to a total of 165 for 6. Praveen Kumar claimed two scalps but it was Piyush Chawla who was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1 for 16.

Mumbai 182 for 5 (Iyer 86, Tare 41) beat Vidarbha 181 for 4 (Jitesh 56, Wankhade 36, Urvesh 31) by five wickets
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Shreyas Iyer smashed a 51-ball 86 to lift Mumbai to a comfortable five-wicket win against Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai lost Akhil Herwadkar early in the chase of 182, but Iyer and Tare (41) got them back in the contest with a 71-run second-wicket stand. Iyer lost partners regularly but his innings, which featured four fours and six sixes, ensured the damage had been done as Mumbai reached the target with seven balls to spare.

After being insterted to bat, Vidarbha posted 181 for 4 on the back of a fifty from Jitesh Sharma (56 off 30) and brisk contributions from Apoorv Wankhade (36) and Urvesh Patel (31). Sagar Trivedi picked up two wickets, but conceded 44 off his four overs.

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  • AbhinavKunnu on January 16, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    Shreyas Iyer as opener can do for India but zonal quota system won't allow that with Rahane n Rohit already there from Mumbai. Bizarre isn't this?

  • Corridor-of-Certainty on January 16, 2016, 7:37 GMT

    Keep an eye on Nitish Rana. He's a good limited overs prospect.

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