Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Kedar Jadhav makes a statement with explosive knock to lead Maharashtra to victory

Maharashtra defeated Chhattisgarh by 8 wickets in a thrilling encounter.

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Kedar Jadhav

Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav roared back to form with a scintillating knock to help his side beat Chhattisgarh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The Indian international had come under a lot of criticism for his performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 for his franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) wherein he ended up with just 62 runs from 8 matches.

His slow scoring rate and lack of sixes received flak. However, the 35-year-old looks to have put his bad run of form behind him with an inspired performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. If the knock is a sign of things to come, Maharashtra could be in very good stead to perform well in the tournament.

Jadhav and Shaikh ace huge run-chase

Kedar Jadhav

Earlier, Chhattisgarh opted to bat first and came out all guns blazing. Thanks to quick-fire knocks from their top 3 who all scored 40s, the side looked to be in a good position to reach 170-180. However, Shashank Singh who walked in to bat at No. 6 scored 24 runs off just 8 balls to lead his side to a mammoth total of 192 and leave Maharashtra with a huge task to chase it down.

In the chase, Maharashtra got off to a bad start as they were reduced to 30/2 in 5 overs, losing Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi. Kedar Jadhav then joined Naushad Shaikh and the duo were involved in a staggering partnership. The two kept finding the boundaries at will and finished unbeaten as Maharashtra sealed victory off the last ball. Jadhav finished on 84* while Shaikh ended on 78*.

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