Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2014-15 April 3, 2015

Big wins for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Hanuma Vihari scored 46 of Hyderabad's 97 © BCCI

Group A

A clinical bowling performance, led by Anurag Singh's 3 for 8, skittled Andhra for 58, and Madhya Pradesh chased down the total inside seven overs for their fifth win of the tournament.

Having been put in, Andhra began poorly, losing AG Pradeep off the second ball when he was trapped lbw by Puneet Datey. The MP bowlers continued to chip away at the wickets as 1 for 1 became 29 for 6 and then 35 for 8. Naren Reddy and No.10 Bandaru Iyappa, the only batsmen to have reached double-figures, resisted briefly with a 23-run partnership, before Andhra were bowled out in 16.4 overs.

Mohnish Mishra and Jalaj Saxena knocked 41 runs off the target to ensure that the chase began briskly. Though the stand was ended by Ashwin Hebbar in the fifth over, Jalaj and Zafar Ali helped MP coast home with more than 13 overs to spare.

A tight bowling performance from Himachal Pradesh helped them successfully defend 130 against Jharkhand in Bhubaneswar.

Jharkhand lost Prakash Munda to Pankaj Jaiswal in the second over of the chase, but Ishan Kishan and Virat Singh rebuilt the innings with a 39-run partnership, before Kishan was dismissed by Akshay Chauhan in the eighth over. That wicket triggered a collapse as Jharkhand went from 59 for 2 to 94 for 7, Bipul Sharma being the chief wicket-taker (3 for 21). Rituraj Singh and Prakash Seet pitched in with 20 and 10, but Jharkhand came up short by 12 runs.

Earlier in the day, HP themselves were stifled by disciplined bowling, but 20-plus scores from Ankush Bains, Prashant Chopra and Paras Dogra, guided them to 130 for 3. Bains top-scored with 41 off 50 balls and added 66 with Prashant Chopra, while Dogra provided the late thrust, striking 28 off 22 balls.

Group B

A half-century from Suryaprakash Suwalka, followed by a three-wicket haul from Aniket Choudhary powered Rajasthan's 86-run victory against Hyderabad in Cuttack. Rajasthan, having been inserted, began brightly, as their openers Suwalka and Ankit Lamba raced to 82 inside nine overs. Suwalka fell for a 32-ball 50, but Lamba carried on, stroking two fours and three sixes to make 44 off 32 balls. Hyderabad kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals, but were unable to stem the flow of runs, as a 26-ball 31 from Rajesh Bishnoi lifted the team to 183 for 7.

Hyderabad never really got going in the chase, as Choudhary rattled their top order, reducing them to 26 for 5 inside six overs. Hyderabad's captain Hanuma Vihari top-scored with 46, but none of his team-mates could manage more than 10, as they folded for 97. Choudhary (3 for 10) was aided by Ashok Menaria and Chandrapal Singh, who claimed two scalps apiece.

Odisha put in a strong batting performance to beat Punjab by five wickets in their Super League game in Cuttack.

Punjab, who chose to bat, started well with a 51-run opening stand between Jaskaranveer Singh and Manan Vohra. Biplab Samantaray ended the stand when he ran out Vohra for 34 in the eighth over. Sheshdeep Patra then picked up three of wickets through the middle overs to leave them on 114 for 4 after 17. Punjab added a further 29 runs as Himanshu Chawla top-scored with a 20-ball 37 guiding them to 143 for 5 in 20 overs.

Debutant Shubek Gill struck on the fourth ball of Odisha's chase to remove Roshan Kumar Rao for a duck and then dismissed Govinda Podder in his second over, leaving Odisha at 9 for 2.

Abhilash Mallick and Anurag Sarangi revived Odisha's chase with 76-run stand only to be broken by Mandeep Singh, who dismissed Mallick for 41. Odisha then lost Arabind Singh and Sarangi to Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma as they were 112 for 5 in the 16th over.

Samantaray and Suryakant Pradhan took charge, making 32 from 14 balls, with Pradhan striking three sixes for his eight-ball 22 to guide them to victory with 11 balls to spare.

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