Mumbai back to winning ways
Mumbai bounced back from their loss to Railways by squeezing home by eight runs against Saurashtra. This was their fifth win in six games, enough to help them finish in the top two and qualify along with Railways, unbeaten after five games, from Group C.
Shardul Thakur, the fast bowler, prised out three vital scalps as Mumbai successfully defended a modest 147 all out. Barring Robin Uthappa's 57 and Arpit Vasavada's 36, no other Saurashtra batsman managed a score of substance.
Shardul was well supported by the fast bowling pair of Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande, who picked up two wickets apiece. Mumbai's top three of Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer managed 36, 11 and 36 respectively, while Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 1 in Saurashtra's chase.
Vijay, Ashwin shine for Tamil Nadu
Bowling with the new ball, Ashwin took 2 for 16 off his four overs, complemented well by Abhishek Tanwar's 3 for 22 as Vidarbha limped to 141 for 9. In reply, Vijay saw a succession of wickets fall around him - Tamil Nadu slipped to 52 for 5 - before forging a 68-run stand with J Koushik to make the difference.
Vijay, who made a second successive half-century, fell for 74, but Koushik stayed unbeaten on 41 off 35 balls to see the side home. The win, however, won't be enough for Tamil Nadu to qualify for the Super League phase from Group B, with Gujarat, Vidarbha and Himachal in the hunt for the two spots.
Jharkhand pipped in tight finish
Jharkhand looked set to pocket their sixth straight win, but encountered a middle-order collapse. They eventually fell three short against Andhra. Saurabh Tiwary top-scored with 54 to power the chase after Jharkhand had lost Ishan Kishan and Virat Singh early. When Tiwary was run out, Jharkhand needed eight off nine deliveries. Off the next over, they lost three wickets in as many deliveries, with Y Prithvi Raj, the left-arm fast bowler picking up two of them to close out the win. Despite the win, Andhra are out of the reckoning for a Super League berth, while Jharkhand are tied at the top on points with Delhi and Kerala in a three-way race for two spots.
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Andhra vs Jharkhand
Mumbai vs Saurashtra
Vidarbha vs Tamil Nadu
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy