Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Haryana beat Kerala by 4 points, qualifies for unbeaten knockouts | Cricket News

MUMBAI: Haryana beat Kerala by four points to advance to the knockout stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament with a record group E wins on Tuesday.
Haryana topped the points table in elite group E after winning all five of her matches.
Batted, Haryana rolled on Shivam Chauhan’s 59 and a late attack from Rahul Tewatia (41 not on 26 balls) to post a big total of 198/6. Their bowlers later held their nerves to limit Kerala to 194/6 and claim a narrow victory.

Haryana lost the opener Arun Chaprana (10) and Himanshu Rana (6) to one goal earlier and was in shock at 43/2. But, the other opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (45 of 29 balls; 6×4; 1×6) and Chauhan (59 of 34 balls; 6×4 and 2×6) forged a 43 point stand to stabilize their ship.
Later, Rahul Tewatia, one of the stars to come out of last year’s IPL, took the burden on himself and looted four fours and two sixes to guide the team to 198/6.

Sumit Kumar, who went undefeated on 21 out of 10 balls with three fours and one six, ably backed Tewatia, as the duo added 52 points for the unbroken seventh wicket.
For Kerala, Sachin Baby scored the first goal with 68, but was unable to bring his team home. They lost the first opener in form Robin Uthappa (8) early.
Mohammed Azhauddenn (35) and skipper Sanju Samson (51) kept them in the chase with their second wicket of 81 points. However, both died quickly.
Haryana continued to make forays as Baby, who hit three fours and six sixes in his 36-ball hit, tried to take the game deep but to no avail.
The outcome of the Mumbai vs Andhra game later today wouldn’t matter as both teams have already withdrawn from the tournament.
Brief scores:
At Wankhede stadium: Haryana 198/6 (Shivam Chauhan 59, Chaitanya Bishnoi 45; Jalaj Saxena 2/25, Sachin Baby 2/26) defeated Kerala 194/6 (Sachin Baby 68, Sanju Samson 51; Sumit Kumar 2/16, Arun Chaprana 2 / 49) by four passages.
At BKC: Delhi 192/5 (Kshitiz Sharma 65 not released, Himmat Singh 53; Ashith Rajiv 2/23, Rohit Damodaran 2/26) beat Puducherry 82 all out (Rohit D 14; Sheldon Jackson 13; Shivank Vashisth 4/9, Jonty Sidhu 2/7) by 110 tracks

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