The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 began today and several well-known players and young talents were seen in action on what proved to be an exciting opening day.
In Group A, Karnataka beat Jammu and Kashmir by 43 runs. Abhimanyu Mithun and Prasidh Krishna picked up seven wickets between them to help Karnataka begin their title defense. The 65-run partnership between Karnataka batsmen, KL Shrijith and Aniruddha Joshi helped finish their innings well after a few early wickets. The winners scored 150/5.
Railways beat Tripura by 6 wickets. The latter scored 170/3 in 20 overs. All-round performances from Karn Sharma and Harsh Tyagi helped Railways to a six-wicket win against Tripura. In the chase, Mrunal Devdhar‘s 51-ball 61 knock served as the anchor.
Uttar Pradesh‘s Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s three-wicket haul and Suresh Raina‘s unbeaten half-century both went in vain as Punjab defended a low total. Punjab won by 11 runs against UP. UP wasn’t able to chase the average target of 134/7 scored by Punjab.
In Group B, Tamil Nadu beat Jharkhand by a whopping 66 runs. The former scored 189/5 in 20 overs that Jharkhand wasn’t able to chase. Jharkhand’s innings never really got going with the top score of 28 coming from Anand Singh. Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar pulled up in his run-up early into his third over. He limped off the field with Hari Nishanth finishing his over.
Bengal beat Odisha by 9 wickets. Ishan Porel led Odisha’s demolition as his four-wicket haul kept the visitors to 113 in 20 overs. Bengal comfortably chased the score in 12.2 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
In Group C, Gujarat beat Maharashtra by 29 runs. The former scored 157/8 in 20 overs. But astonishingly cleaned out the Maharashtra batting line-up for just 128 runs in 19.3 overs. Gujarat bowler Arzan Nagwaswalla picked up 6 wickets.
Baroda beat Uttarakhand by 5 runs. Krunal Pandya‘s spat with vice-captain Deepak Hooda seemed to have little effect on the Baroda captain as he smashed 76 off 42 balls and then picked up 2 wickets. Baroda scored 168/7 in 20 overs in the first innings.
Himachal Pradesh beat Chattisgarh by 32 runs. Himachal Pradesh scored 173/5 in 20 overs in the first innings. RI Thakur made 51 for Himachal and Ekant Sen‘s late 38 off 18 pushed the side to a fighting score even with Vishal Kushwah bagging three crucial wickets.