Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh continued with his good form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament as his team easily beat Tripura by eight wickets to keep their quarter-final hopes alive. (Irfan Pathan Guides Baroda to Huge Win | Karn Sharma Bags Fifer)
Batting first, Tripura were bundled out for 96 in 18 overs with Samrat Singha scoring 23. In reply, Punjab scored the runs in 15.3 overs losing only two wickets.
Manan Vohra played a patient knock of 35 off 39 balls while debutant Anmol Malhotra smashed his way to 40 off 29 balls with six boundaries.
However it was the Punjab bowlers, who virtually won the match in the first innings bowling out the opposition for less than 100 runs. Skipper Harbahajan took 2/17 in 4 overs while leg-spinner Sarabjit Ladda had 3/30 in his full quota of overs.
Brief Scores: Tripura 96 in 18 overs (S ladda 3/20, Harbhajan Singh 2/17)
Punjab 100/2 in 15.3 overs (Anmol Malhotra 40). Punjab won by 8 wickets.
TN hammer Gujarat by 9 wickets
Opener Abhinav Mukund smashed his way to an unbeaten 67 off 36 balls as Tamil Nadu made short work of Gujarat to win their group A game by nine wickets in Nagpur.
Tamil Nadu are on top of group A with 12 points from four games and still have two more to play. The Rajagopal Sathish-led team looks good for a berth in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Batting first, Gujarat were bowled out for 105 in 19.4 overs with Raxlee Taylor scoring 44. Seamer W Anthony Dhas was the most successful bowler with figures of 3/19 in 4 overs.
In reply, Tamil Nadu scored the required runs in 12.5 overs with Mukund hitting seven fours and three sixes.
Andhra beat Assam by 12 runs
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad's all-rpund show went in vain as Assam dished out a pathetic batting display to slump to a 12-run loss, their third out of four matches, against Andhra in a low-scoring Group C tie in Vadodara.
Jharkhand outplay Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir's batting collapsed in the face of a disciplined performance by Jharkhand's bowlers, who guided the team to a resounding 76-run victory in their Group B Twenty20 in Kochi.