Yuvraj out for 2; hat-tricks for Pandey, Chawla

A round-up of the first round of Syed Mushtaq Ali matches, played on January 2, 2016

File photo - Yuvraj Singh took two wickets with the ball but failed with the bat  •  BCCI

File photo - Yuvraj Singh took two wickets with the ball but failed with the bat  •  BCCI

The top names in action

Yuvraj Singh scored only 2 with the bat in Punjab's four-wicket loss to Rajasthan. He took 2 for 16 with the ball during Rajasthan's chase of 131 but it was not enough to prevent defeat.
Wriddhiman Saha struck a 47-ball 81 as an opening batsman in Bengal's 61-run win over Hyderabad in Nagpur. Saha's knock included seven fours and five sixes.
Irfan Pathan's career-best T20 figures of 5 for 13 powered Baroda to a 49-run win against Assam in Vadodara. Irfan ran through Assam's top order inside seven overs to ensure Baroda defended 165 with ease.


Two for the day, from Ishwar Pandey (Madhya Pradesh) and Piyush Chawla (Uttar Pradesh).
Pandey struck in the third over against Andhra, after MP opted to field, dismissing Srikar Bharat, Prasanth Kumar and AG Pradeep. He claimed his fourth wicket in his next over, finishing with returns of 4 for 20 to send back Andhra's top four for a tally of 21. MP chased down the 96-run target with five wickets and 10 balls to spare.
Chawla's hat-trick was spread over two overs in UP's seven-wicket win against Maharashtra in a match curtailed to 12 overs after fog delayed start of play. He dismissed Shrikant Mundhe and Rahul Tripathi off the last two deliveries of the eighth over and took Nikhil Naik's wicket off the first ball of the 11th over to complete the hat-trick.

Wakaskar's blast in vain

Saurabh Wakaskar blasted 118 off 55 balls and Asad Pathan hammered a 59-ball 81, but Railways still ended up on the losing side, as Delhi gunned down 211 for an impressive four-wicket win. Asad and Wakaskar shared a second-wicket stand of 185, but their partnership ultimately counted for nothing, as Delhi's top and middle order - led by a 53 from Aditya Kaushik - all chipped in with handy knocks to seal the victory with four balls remaining.

Karnataka's disappointing campaign continues

After suffering early exits in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy, domestic heavyweights Karnataka had to endure a three-wicket defeat against Services in Cuttack. Karnataka were kept to 121 for 9 thanks to a three-wicket haul from Raushan Raj, and Services chased down the paltry total with an over to spare.

Other brief scores

Himachal Pradesh 152 for 5 beat Gujarat 151 for 6 by five wickets
Mumbai 95 for 4 beat Odisha 91 by six wickets
Tamil Nadu 116 for 1 beat Haryana 113 by nine wickets
Kerala 129 for 5 beat Jammu & Kashmir 126 for 6 by five wickets
Saurashtra 144 for 6 beat Tripura 78 by 66 runs