An all-round Delhi completed a comfortable eight-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir in the first game of the North Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy all-India Twenty20 tournament on Friday (January 12) at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Haryana rode on Rahul Tewatia’s all-round performance to clinch their first victory of the tournament.
A disciplined bowling performance, followed by a Rishabh Pant half-century handed Delhi an eight-wicket win and consigned Jammu and Kashmir to their third straight loss of the tournament.
Set a paltry target of 101, Delhi chased it down in just 11.3 overs, courtesy a 77-run opening stand between Pant and Sarthak Ranjan.
Pant smashed a 33-ball 51, with seven fours and two sixes, before he was sent back by Parveez Rasool, who also accounted for Ranjan (31 off 20) in the same over.
However, Rasool’s strikes came too late, and Himmat Singh and Lalit Yadav knocked off the remaining runs.
Put in, J&K were off to a shocker, as they lost their openers on nought. Ahmed Bandy was out on the penultimate ball of the first over off Pradeep Sangwan. Navdeep Saini struck in the next over, accounting for Jatin Wadhawan. Ian Chauhan then became Saini’s second victim, leaving J&K tottering at 15 for 3 in the sixth over.
Rasool (37 off 26), the captain, and Pranav Gupta, the No. 3 batsman, put on a partnership of 49 for the fourth wicket. But once Kulwant Khejroliya had Gupta, caught by Sangwan for 22 in the 15th over, and Pawan Negi struck twice in the next, for the wickets of Rasool and Manzoor Dar, it was another procession.
Waseem Raza (11) was the only other batsman to score in double digits, with J&K only managing 100 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Negi was the star bowler for Delhi, finishing with 3 for 27, while Sangwan, Saini and Khejroliya shared seven wickets among them.
Tewatia starred with bat and ball as Haryana secured a five-wicket win over Punjab in the second match.
Opting to bat, Punjab failed to get going against the Haryana spinners and could only score 134 for 9 in 20 overs. In the chase, Haryana slumped to 87 for 5 but Tewatia and Rohit Sharma stitched an unbeaten 49-run stand for the sixth wicket to lead the side to 136 for 5 in 17.5 overs.
Manan Vohra (12 off 10), Mandeep Singh (30 off 18) and Gurkeerat Singh (16 off 18) — Punjab’s top three — all got off to starts but failed to convert them. The spin trio of Amit Mishra (3 for 23), the skipper, Tewatia (2 for 15) and Jayant Yadav (1 for 15) caused most of the damage as Punjab were reduced to 114 for 7 inside 18 overs. In the end, Manpreet Gony’s nine-ball 17 ensured Punjab got to a respectable total.
In reply, Harshal Patel (31 off 19 balls) and Shubham Rohilla (29 off 27 balls) got Haryana off to a flying start. The duo put on 61 runs for the opening wicket before Harshal was sent back by Barinder Sran (3 for 19) in the final delivery of the Power Play.
Haryana lost their next four wickets in the space of 25 balls but Tewatia (37* off 22) and Rohit (13*) made sure that the side got over the line without any more hiccups.