Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22 matches being played in Delhi.
|Pre-Quarter 2||HP 60/3 in 10.5 overs|
|Pre-Quarter 3||SAU 0/0 vs KAR|
Updates from Pre-Quarterfinal: Karnataka vs Saurashtra
TOSS: Saurashtra wins the toss, opts to bat
Karnataka XI: B R Sharath (W), V Vyshak, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (C), K C Cariappa, Suchith J, Koushik V, Rohan Kadam, Aniruddha, Vidyadhar Patil, Abhinav Manohar
Saurashtra XI: A V Vasavada, Chirag Jani, D A Jadeja, Sheldon Jackson (W), Himalaya B,Prerak Mankad,Samarth Vyas, K D Patel, J Unadkat (C), Chetan Sakariya, Vishvarajsinh Jadeja
HP 12/1 in 5 overs: A commendable start for Samson’s boys here. Manu Krishnan and Vishweshar have restricted the batters early on in the PowerPlay. Manu’s figures read 3-0-4-1 while Suresh has conceded just seven runs in two overs.
HP 2/1 in 1 over: Fine start for Kerala. Manu Krishnan strikes in his first over as Ankush Bains is trapped in front of the wicket on nought. Ankush Bains lbw Manu Krishnan 0 (2b)
Game on. Raghav Dhawan and Ankush Bains open for HP. Manu Krishnan takes the new ball for Kerala.
TOSS: Kerala wins the toss, opts to field
Kerala Playing XI: Midhun S , M S Akhil,Sanju Samson (C), Jalaj Saxena, Basil Thampi,Manu Krishnan, Sachin Baby, Vishnu Vinod, Mohammed Azharuddeen (W), Rohan S Kunnummal, Vishweshar A Suresh
Himachal Pradesh Playing XI: Prashant Chopra, Ankush Bains(w), Akash Vasisht, Raghav Dhawan, Nikhil Gangta, Rishi Dhawan(c), Digvijay Rangi, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ayush Jamwal, Mayank Dagar, Vaibhav Arora
|Brief Score: Maharashtra 157/8 in 20 overs (Tripathi 66, Nahar 29, Yash Thakur 3/17) lost to Vidarbha 160/3 in 17.5 overs (Wadkar 58*, Taide 56, Choudhary 1/24) by seven wickets|
Vidarbha 160/3 after 18 overs: Vidarbha wins by seven wickets – Jitesh Sharma thrashes Sunil Yadav for a four and then hits three consecutive sixes to finish things off.
Vidarbha 137/3 after 17 overs: Satyajeet Bachhav finishes his quota after conceding just 20 runs but no wickets. Vidarbha needs 21 off 18 with seven wickets in hand.
Vidarbha 132/3 after 16 overs: OUT! Shubham Dubey’s cameo ends as Palkar gets him caught at long-on. Wadkar is unbeaten at 54 off 42 deliveries and has been joined by right-handed batter Jitesh Sharma who smashes his first ball for four. Shubham Dubey c Naushad Shaikh b Ashay Palkar 18 (12)
Vidarbha 117/2 after 15 overs: Choudhary back for his second spell and concedes jut six. Vidarbha needs 40 off 30. A wicket or two here and Maharashtra can count itself back in the game.
Vidarbha 111/2 after 14 overs: Nine off Kazi’s final over as he ends with 4-0-29-1. Crucially for Vidarbha, it still has a set batter in Wadkar on the crease.
Vidarbha 102/2 after 13 overs: Just six off Bachhav’s third over.
Vidarbha 96/2 after 12 overs: OUT! Kazi gets the important wicket of Taide. Excellent catch on long-off by Ranjeet Nikam who managed to maintain the body balance near the boundary rope. Atharva Taide c Ranjeet Nikam b Azim Kazi 56 (38b, 6×4, 1×6)
Vidarbha 90/1 after 11 overs: Another effective over from Bachhav as he gave just three runs. However, Maharashtra needs to pick wickets to make a comeback in this match.
Vidarbha 87/1 after 10 overs: Taide and Wadkar keeping the scoreboard ticking. Wadkar welcomed left-arm pacer Divyang Himganekar by stepping out to hit a four over mid-off and finished the over with a cut behind backward point. The running between the wickets has been the most impressive aspect of this partnership.
Vidarbha 75/1 after 9 overs: FIFTY! Atharva Taide completes his half-century in 30 balls.
Vidarbha 64/1 after 8 overs: Six singles from Kazi’s second over. A good little spell from Maharashtra’s spinners. No boundary for Vidarbha in the last 16 balls but the strike rotation by Taide and Wadkar has kept the required run-rate in check.
Vidarbha 58/1 after 7 overs: Sunil Yadav, right-arm leg spinner, concedes eight off his first over.
Vidarbha 50/1 after 6 overs: An economical over from left-arm spinner Azim Kazi to finish the powerplay. At this stage, Maharashtra was 57/1.
Vidarbha 42/1 after 5 overs: A boundary, three singles and a double from Ashay Palkar’s second over. Taide and Wadkar rotating the strike effectively.
Vidarbha 33/1 after 4 overs: Left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav brought into the attack to stop the flow of runs and he did exactly that. Vidarbha would not have minded a six-run over after what it got from the last one though.
Vidarbha 27/1 after 3 overs: Three fours and a six from Choudhary’s second over. First was his own fault as he bowled one on Taide’s pads who glanced it. The second one should have been cut off by third-man. Third was a beautiful drive just wide of mid-off and the six was hit incredibly over deep mid-wicket. 18 off it.
Vidarbha 9/1 after 2 overs: Identical boundaries from Taide and Wadkar. Both smashed the ball straight back past right-arm pacer Ashay Palkar.
Vidarbha 0/1 after 1 over: OUT! Perfect start for Maharashtra as left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary bowled a gem of a delivery to clip the top of Wath’s off stump. A wicket-maiden to begin the proceedings. Siddhesh Wath b Mukesh Choudhary 0 (3)
The chase is underway! Siddhesh Wath and Atharva Taide in the middle. Mukesh Choudhary opens the attack for Maharashtra.
Brief Score: Maharashtra 157/8 – Tripathi 66, Nahar 29, Yash Thakur 3/17
Fall of wickets: 13-1 (Naushad Shaikh, 1.4), 77-2 (Yash Nahar, 8.1), 91-3 (Kedar Jadhav, 10.3), 121-4 (Rahul Tripathi, 15.1), 133-5 (Ranjeet Nikam, 17.2), 138-6 (Divyang Himganekar, 17.5), 140-7 (Azim Kazi, 18.2), 157-8 (Sunil Yadav, 20)
Maharashtra 157/8 after 20 overs: OUT! Sunil Yadav tried to steal a second run on the final ball but fell way short. Excellent spell from Yash Thakur (4-0-17-3). At the halfway stage, Maharashtra must have surely thought of scoring near 170-175 but Vidarbha bowlers pulled things back and a target of 158 definitely seems like it can be chase. Stay tuned for second innings. Sunil Yadav run out (Atharva Taide/Akshay Wadkar) 7 (8)
Maharashtra 150/7 after 19 overs: End of a disappointing day for Darshan Nalkande. He got Azim Kazi caught on the second ball but two edged boundaries at the end left him with final figures of 4-0-45-1. Azim Kazi c Wakhare b Darshan Nalkande 15 (19)
Maharashtra 139/6 after 18 overs: Double-wicket over from Thakur! The right-arm pacer first bowled a short ball and Nikam’s mistimed pull shot could only find the fielder at deep-midwicket. On the last delivery, a brilliantly executed yorker hit Divyang Himganekar’s stump for a first-ball duck. Ranjeet Nikam c Jitesh Sharma b Yash Thakur 8 (9), Divyang Himganekar b Yash Thakur 0 (1)
Maharashtra 132/4 after 17 overs: Vidarbha has tightened the screws on this Maharashtra innings at the right time. Lalit Yadav finishes his spell.
Maharashtra 128/4 after 16 overs: OUT! A crucial wicket for Vidarbha as Wakhare manages to get the set Rahul Tripathi caught by Jitesh Sharma at deep mid-wicket. Rahul Tripathi c Jitesh Sharma b Wakhare 66 (45b, 5×4, 3×6)
Maharashtra 121/3 after 15 overs: Nalkande’s day going from bad to worse. Another expensive over from the right-arm pacer. Tripathi 66* (44) and Azim Kazi 10* (12) at the crease with five overs left in the innings.
Maharashtra 110/3 after 14 overs: A short ball from Karnewar to start the over and Tripathi dispatched it for six over backward square leg. Karnewar finished his quota with the figures of 4-0-25-2.
Maharashtra 101/3 after 13 overs: Lalit Yadav started his second spell with a couple of play-and-misses from the Maharashtra batters. Just three off it in the end.
Maharashtra 98/3 after 12 overs: FIFTY! Rahul Tripathi completes his half century from 33 balls.
Maharashtra 92/3 after 11 overs: OUT! A successful over for Vidarbha as Jadhav missed the arm ball and Karnewar bowled him to get his second wicket. Excellent spell from him so far. Kedar Jadhav b Karnewar 6 (8)
Maharashtra 90/2 after 10 overs: Missed chance! A stumping opportunity was there for Wadkar on the fifth ball as Wakhare bowled one down the leg side but he couldn’t collect it. With Tripathi set and an experienced Jadhav along side him at the halfway stage, Maharashtra can increase the run rate from here to post a decent total.
Maharashtra 81/2 after 9 overs: OUT! Stepping out again, Nahar tried to hit the ball over long-off’s head but couldn’t manage to do so. Timely wicket for Akshay Karnewar and Vidarbha. Yash Nahar c Lalit Yadav b Karnewar 29 (25)
Maharashtra 77/1 after 8 overs: Yash Nahar joining the party. A flighted second ball from off-spinner Akshay Wakhare and Nahar stepped out to send the ball sailing over long-on for a six.
Maharashtra 67/1 after 7 overs: Rahul Tripathi is absolutely dominating the bowlers. Vidarbha also needs to keep the extras in check as it has already bowled five wides.
Maharashtra 57/1 after 6 overs: Darshan Nalkande’s wayward bowling has helped Maharashtra end the powerplay on a great note. Tripathi already on 31 off 16 with good support from Nahar from the other end.
Maharashtra 42/1 after 5 overs: Big chance for Vidarbha! Tripathi, who looks in good touch today, skied one towards deep square leg but the catch was grassed as the fielder over ran and could not hold the right position in the end. Three boundaries in the over for Tripathi to welcome right-arm speedster Lalit Yadav.
Maharashtra 28/1 after 4 overs: An economical second over from Thakur. Just five runs from it.
Maharashtra 23/1 after 3 overs: Rahul Tripathi came in to bat after the loss of Shaikh and attacked left-arm spinner Akshay Karnewar straight away featuring a cracking six over deep square leg.
Maharashtra 13/1 after 2 overs: Early wicket for Vidarbha. Yash Thakur bowled a full length delivery and the initial moisture from the surface helped the ball to move quickly and Shaikh was plumb in front. Maharashtra skipper Shaikh dismissed for a golden duck. Naushad Shaikh LBW b YR Thakur 0
Maharashtra 9/0 after 1 over: Steady start for Maharashtra as Nalkande struggled to control his line towards the end of the over.
Match Underway. Maharashtra captain Naushad Shaikh and Yash Nahar in the middle. Vidarbha pacer Darshan Nalkande with the ball.
Maharashtra – A Palkar, Y J Nahar, K M Jadhav, R A Tripathi, A N Kazi, N S Shaikh (C) (W), S S Bachhav, S Yadav, R R Nikam, D M Hinganekar, M G Choudhary
Vidarbha – A A Wakhare, A V Wankhade, J M Sharma, A V Wadkar (C) (W), A K Karnewar, Lalit Yadav, S K Wath, Atharva Taide, D G Nalkande, Y R Thakur, S B Dubey
TOSS – Vidarbha has won the toss and chosen to field first
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22 Today’s Matches
12 p.m.- Himachal Pradesh vs Kerala, Pre Quarterfinal 3, Airforce Complex ground, Palam, New Delhi
1 p.m.- Karnataka vs Saurashtra, Pre Quarterfinal 2, Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
Two-time champion Karnataka is expected to assert its superiority over the reigning Ranji Trophy champion Saurashtra for a place in the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20) Trophy at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The other two quarterfinal spots will be decided after Kerala takes on underdog Himachal Pradesh at the Air Force ground and a confident Maharashtra plays an almost untested Vidarbha in the morning at the Kotla.
Under skipper Manish Pandey, Karnataka has the resources to go all the way despite the late replacements for Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna and K. Gowtham.
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For the record, Karnataka started out by drubbing Mumbai and followed it up with victories over Chattisgarh, Services and Baroda before losing to Bengal and finishing second best in Group B.
Karnataka’s batting could well be tested by the pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya on a placid Kotla pitch in a match that begins at noon. Saurashtra impressed with the way it bounced back after losing its campaign-opener to Hyderabad in Group E. Triumphs over Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh kept alive its chances before it went on to upstage Delhi.
Saurashtra’s line-up has Sheldon Jackson whose flamboyant style and range of strokes had kept him in the mix before the National selectors. Overall, Saurashtra will have to punch way above its weight to hurt Karnataka.
An unpredictable Kerala, which relies heavily on opener Robin Uthappa, skipper Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby to get the job done, will have the advantage of having played at the Air Force ground in the league.
Kerala showed great character in bouncing back from a spot of serious bother. It lost two of its first three matches to Group D topper Gujarat and unexpectedly to Railways. Victories over Bihar and Assam kept Kerala in contention and it qualified following a second eight-wicket victory in successive days to knock out Madhya Pradesh.
Himachal, too, advanced to the knockout despite losing twice – to Haryana and Rajasthan – in the first three matches. But victory against Jharkhand, and those against Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra in the last two matches ensured Himachal’s survival.
Runner-up in 2018-19 season, Maharashtra had up for the false start. After losing the opener narrowly to Group A topper Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra made it way past Punjab, Odisha, Pondicherry and Goa.
For Plate group topper Vidarbha, Maharashtra will be its first serious test. Vidarbha understands those resounding victories over Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim do not count for much.
– Rakesh Rao
Where to watch SMAT 2021-22 knockouts live?
Maharashtra-Vidarbha and Karnataka-Saurashtra pre-quarterfinals will be shown on Star Sports 1, SS 1 HD.