Delhi records second straight win, beating Andhra by six wickets

Delhi records second straight win, beating Andhra by six wickets

Delhi recorded its second straight victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after beating Andhra Pradesh by six wickets in an elite Group E match here on Wednesday.

Batted at Wankhede Stadium, Andhra were limited to 124/9 in their 20 passes, as Delhi bowlers led by left arm stimulator Pradeep Sangwan (3/33) put on an impressive show.

Delhi pursued the target with three overs to spare even as Indian skipper and opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) fell cheaply.

For Andhra, Ashwin Hebber, who came in fifth place (32), was the top scorer as his entire agenda, including skipper Ambati Rayadu (1), stumper KS Bharat (8) and Ricky Bhuvi (0) struggled.

Andhra was in shock 36-for-four at one point. Their sleeves never started as Delhi made regular forays. Indian speedster Ishant Sharma (2/17), right arm stimulator Simarjeet Singh (2/21) and off-spinner Lalit Yadav (2/22) performed their roles to perfection.

For Delhi, the chase wasn’t exactly a walk in the park as they were reduced to 10 for two. But Nitish Rana (27) and Anuj Rawat (33) shared 52 points for the third wicket to bring them back into the game.

After the two left, Himmat Singh (32 steps out) and Lalit Yadav (20 steps out) made sure there were no more hiccups as they forged an undefeated 40 point fifth wicket to bring back their team at home.

Delhi had beaten Mumbai in their opener.

Barot, Mankad and Sakaria shine as Saurashtra wins Vidarbha loss by 79 points

Forerunners Avi Barot and Prerak Mankad struck half a century before Chetan Sakariya won a five-wicket stroke as Saurashtra recorded a comfortable 79-point victory over Vidarbha in a Group ‘D’ match of the Syed tournament Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20, here Wednesday.

Choosing to beat, Saurashtra rolled over the innings of Barot (93 of 44) and Mankad (59 of 26 balls) to display a 233 mammoth for seven.

The rhythm duo of Chetan Sakariya (5/11) and Mankad (4/48) then took their toll with the ball as Vidarbha was regrouped for 154 in 17.2 overs.

Barot, who didn’t have the chance to miss a well-deserved century, hit 13 four and four sixes as Mankad’s innings were marked with six limits and four maximums.

For Vidarbha, middle stimulator Darshan Nalkande (4/32) was the bowlers’ choice while Yash Thakur (2/47) won two wickets.

In the chase, Vidarbha got off to a good start with opener Jitesh Sharma scoring a 27-ball 43.

However, no other batsman could fight Sakariya and Mankad, who continued to strike at regular intervals. Three Vidarbha players returning to the lodge without opening their account.

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