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MP, Tamil Nadu reach semis with easy wins

Madhya Pradesh cruised past Orissa to reach the quarter-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on the back of an impressive performance by their seamers and dominant knocks from Mohnish Mishra and Jalaj Saxena at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. After putting Orissa in, MP maintained a lid on their scoring rate by taking wickets at regular intervals. TP Sudhindra struck twice early and then Anand Rajan got into the act as well, and both finished with three wickets each. Orissa's innings never kicked off and they only managed 126 in their 20 overs. That proved an easy chase for MP, who reached the target in 17.4 overs. Mishra blazed his way to 48 off 27 and Saxena stayed unbeaten with 55 off 47, as MP won by eight wickets.

The morning game also saw an easy chase, with Tamil Nadu blasting their way past Delhi's 144 in just 16. 1 overs. M Vijay clobbered 38 off 18 balls, his opening partner Srikkanth Anirudha got 49 not out and S Badrinath scored 47 as Tamil Nadu got home with eight wickets in hand. Delhi chose to bat, but got off to a sedate start by Twenty20 standards, with opener Shikhar Dhawan taking 33 balls for his 36 and captain Mithun Manhas 34 balls to get to 31. Yogesh Nagar gave the innings some impetus in the end, smashing 44 off 21, but Delhi's total was well short of enough in the end.

M. Pradesh 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6MD MishraNV Ojha
2nd71MD MishraJalaj S Saxena
3rd50Jalaj S SaxenaHarpreet Singh

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MP431121.064
VIDAR431120.413
RAJ4228-0.993
UP4134-0.24
RLYS4134-0.251
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
BENG440161.238
ODSH431120.257
ASSAM4228-0.312
TPURA4134-0.512
JKAND4040-0.7
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
DELHI550200.926
HRYNA532120.521
SVCS532120.035
HP52380.263
PNJB4134-0.35
J + K4040-1.739
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
TN550201.355
KER531140.397
KNTKA53212-0.174
HYD52380.85
GOA5144-0.975
AP5042-1.716
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MUM440161.065
MAHA431120.325
BRODA42280.248
SAU4134-0.892
GUJ4040-0.725