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Shubham's all-round show gives Chhattisgarh second win

Mahesh Rawat drives enroute to his half-century Fotocorp

A miserly spell of 3 for 6 in four overs from legspinner Shubham Agarwal helped Chhattisgarh eke out a six-run victory over Railways in Jaipur. Chhattisgarh have now won two matches out of four and sit in third place in the Central Zone group table. Railways were 93 for 3 in the 14th over after being set 127 to win, but could manage only 27 for 5 from the last 6.1 overs after Shubham removed set batsman Hemant Singh (24 off 31).

Part-time offspinners Ashutosh Singh, who removed Mahesh Rawat for 27 off 21, and Sahil Gupta, who dismissed Karn Sharma, also played their parts. The duo conceded only three runs and took a wicket each from their respective solitary overs. Earlier, Shubham had top-scored for Chhattisgarh, scoring 36 off 32 balls after Amandeep Khare (31 off 19) - the only other batsman to go past 30 in the match - had been dismissed in the sixth over. Medium-pacer Amit Mishra took 3 for 16 as Railways restricted their opponents to 126.

Chandrakant Sakure picked up the wickets of Piyush Chawla (24 off 18) and Praveen Kumar (20 off 14) on debut as Madhya Pradesh defended 161 against Uttar Pradesh to remain unbeaten after three matches in the Inter-State T20 tournament. UP, who were bowled out for 58 against Railways on Thursday, slumped to 60 for 6 in 11.1 overs. Chawla and Kumar added 44 off 30 deliveries to keep UP alive before Sakure's strike off successive deliveries proved to be decisive.

Eklavya Dwivedi (33) was the only other batsman to come up with a contribution of note. Earlier in the game, MP overcame a batting wobble of their own to post 161 for 9.They were 69 for 4 when Naman Ojha was dismissed for 37. Sohraab Dhaliwal struck four fours and four sixes in his 25-ball 51 to give the innings momentum. Ankit Rajpoot was the pick of UP's bowlers, with figures of 4 for 29. The loss was UP's third in four matches.

Railways 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st34SP WakaskarAshish Singh
2nd6SP WakaskarHemant Singh
3rd8SS ShuklaHemant Singh
4th45M RawatHemant Singh
5th7KV SharmaM Rawat
6th0KV SharmaFaiz Ahmed
7th14Anureet SinghFaiz Ahmed
8th2ACP MishraFaiz Ahmed
9th4Manjeet SinghFaiz Ahmed