On the first day of India’s premier T20 tournament – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh flopped while Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Ishwar Pandey shines for their respective states.
The main attractions of Group A fixtures were W Saha and Md Shami and both didn’t disappoint as both contributed to their teams win. Sehwag fell for only 3 runs in his match against Tamil Nadu.
Hyderabad vs Bengal: Bengal 185/4 in 20 overs (W Shah 81, SS Mondal 50, CV Milind 2/45) beat Hyderabad 124 all out (PA Reddy 32, Md Shami 3/18, P Ojha 3/23) by 61 runs
Wriddhiman Saha scored a quick fire 81 of 47 balls to power Bengal to a winning total of 185, before both Md Shami and Ojha took three wickets each to set up a comfortable 61 runs victory over Hyderabad.
Himachal Pradesh vs Gujarat: Gujarat 151/6 in 20 overs (R Bahtt 40, P Patel 35, A Chauhan 2/32) lost to Himachal Pradesh 152/5 in 19.3 overs (P Chopra 89*, P Dogra 36, R Kalaria 2/21) by 5 wickets.
Gujarat, the ODI domestic Champion started off well before captain P Patel fell for well-made 35 in 29 balls. Gujarat kept losing wickets at regular interval. Bhatt crucial 40 of 29 balls helped Gujarat post a modest total of 151.
P Chopra anchored the innings with his unbeaten 89 of 62 balls along with experienced P Dogra (36 of 23 balls) after RP Singh giving Gujarat a terrific start sending Bains for the very first ball of the innings.
Haryana vs Tamil Nadu: Haryana 113 in 19.1 overs (N Saini 50, A Dhas 4/10, M Ashwin 3/28) lost to Tamil Nadu 116/1 in 16 overs (S Anirudha 54*, B Aparajith 49*) by 9 wickets.
Yuvraj after his comeback to Indian team would have wanted a good start to T20 tournament but he failed as he was only able to score 2 runs however he bowled well and took 2 wickets for 16 runs. Pujara looking to enter India team in shorter format was looking for this tournament to stake a claim and he didn’t disappoint scoring 67 opening the innings for Suarashtra.
Rajasthan vs Punjab: Punjab 130/6 in 20 overs (M Singh 76*, Gurinder Singh 29*, R Bhatia 2/16) lost to Rajasthan 133/6 in 19.4 overs (R Bishnoi 58, D Yagnik 23*, Yuvraj 2/16 , Baltej Singh 2/29).
Chasing a modes total of 131 Rajasthan were left reeling at 39 for Four in tenth over by Baltej Singh claiming two early wickets. However R Bishnoi (58 of 32 balls) along with experienced R Bahtia make sure Rajasthan reach the winning total before Bhatia was bowled by Yuvraj Singh. Dishant yagnik then joined Bishnoi and make sure Rajasthan clinch their First Victory of the tournament.
Before Mandeep Singh was the only batsman for Punjab who reached double figure, he scored a blistering 52 ball 76 not out.
Tripura vs Suarashtra: Saurashtra 144/6 in 20 overs (Pujara 67, SS Majumdar 2/22) beat Tripura 78 all out in 17.3 overs ( DS Punia 3/9, J Unadkat 2/21, KR Makvana 2/8).
Jammu and Kashmir vs Kerala: J&K 126/6 in 20 overs (Bandeep Singh 37, P Rasool 34*, RV Gomez 2/19) lost to Kerala 129/5 in 18.4 overs ( PR Prem 59*, RV Gomez 22*, M Mudhasir 2/27).
Ishwar Pandey was the star of the day as he claimed one of the two Hat Tricks on Day 1. Irfan Pathan claimed first 5 wicket hall of the tournament to help Baroda claim first win of the tournament. Gautam Gambhir and Nehra failed to impress although Delhi won the high scoring encounter against Railways.
Andhra vs Madhya Pradesh: Andhra 95/9 in 20 overs (I Pandey 4/20, VR Iyer 4/10) lost to MP 96/5 in 18.2 overs (Harpeet Singh 40*, S Dhaliwal 25*, B Ayyapa 2/18) by 5 wickets.
Ishwar Pandey left Andhra struggling at 12 for 3 with a Hat Trick in his second over only. Andhra really never recovered from it and could only set up a target of 96 runs.
MP with both their experienced batsman Naman Ojha and Jalaj Saxena back in the pavilion leaving MP struggling at 4 for 2, but Harpreet Singh Bhatia (40 not out of 44 balls) and crucial contributions from P Sahani (22 of 16 balls) and S Dhaliwal(25 not out of 14 balls) helped MP register their First win.
Baroda vs Assam: Baroda 165/8 in 20 overs (K Devdhar 48, D Hooda 48*, Syed 2/28) beat Assam 116/9 in 20 overs (Syed 42*, I Pathan 5/13) by 49 runs.
After setting up a decent total of 165 with Devdhar scoring 48 of 33 balls and Hooda scoring 48 of 33 balls, Irfan Pathan started brilliantly with the ball sending top 5 batsman back to pavilions leaving Assam struggling at 22 for 5 within first 7 overs. Irfan claimed First 5 wicket hall for himself in this format an First of the 2016 edition of Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy.
Railways vs Delhi: Railways 210/2 in 20 overs (S Wakaskar 118, A Pathan 81, P Negi 1/44) lost to Delhi 214/6 in 19.2 overs (A Kaushik 53, N Rana 34, P Negi 35, K Upadhyay 2/36).
Delhi claimed victory in one of the thrilling run chases of the day. Chasing a huge total of 211 Delhi lost Gambhir early. Kaushik (53 of 36 balls) along with Chand started scoring runs in quickly before Chand fell for 38 of 19 balls. Young N Rana came and started playing his shorts form the ball beginning and stroke a quick fire 35 of 15 balls before talented all-rounder P Negi came and finished the innings with 18 balls 35 runs.
Before A Wakaskar scored a brilliant century and ailing with A Pathan helped Railways set up a target of 211.
Piyush Chawla took the second Hat Trick of the day claiming 4/28 to help UP register their First win. In the other fixture players like Uthappa and Iyer who would be looking for India call up failed with the bat.
Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh: Maharashtra 109/7 in 12 overs (K Jadhav 52*, P Chawla 4/28) lost to UP 113/3 in 11.2 overs (P Gupta 35, U Sharma 32*, A Nath34*) by 7 wickets.
After Ankit Rajput early strike left Maharashtra 21 for 2 in the fourth over, Piyush Chawla ran through the middle order claiming second Hat Trick of the day. Match was reduced to 12 overs due to early morning Fog in Cuttack, K Jadhav was the only batsman who looked comfortable in the middle for Maharashtra and helped them post a challenging total of 110 in 12 overs.
UP also lost first two wicket relatively quickly before U Sharma and A Nath struck a partnership of 40 runs in 21 balls to finish the game for UP.
Mumbai vs Odisha: Odhisa 91 all out in 17.4 overs (A Yadav 33, S Thakur 2/11, D Kulakarni 2/18) lost to Mumbai 95/4 in 15.5 overs (A Tare 32, S Lad 31*, D Behera 2/14) by 6 wickets.
Karnataka vs Services: Karnataka 121/9 in 20 overs (V Kumar 38, R Uthappa 22, R Raj 3/19, D Rai 2/21) lost to Services 122/7 in 19 overs (A Gupta 27, Y Singh 25, K Cariappa 2/20) by 3 wickets.
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