Mushtaq Ali: Impressive Punjab knocks out defending champion Karnataka, TN beat HP

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Punjab knocked defending champions Karnataka out from the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with their bowlers establishing a snug nine-wicket win within the first quarter-final, right here on Tuesday.

In the second quarter-final, Tamil Nadu defeated Himachal Pradesh by 5 wickets to seal their semi-final spot.

Punjab first dismissed Karnataka for meagre 87 after which overhauled the goal in 12.4 overs in what turned out to be a lopsided contest on the Sardar Patel stadium.

Pacers Siddharth Kaul (3/15) and Sandeep Sharma (2/17) ran by means of the Karnataka top-order after they have been despatched in to bat.

Karnataka was reeling at 26 for 3, after openers Karun Nair (12) and Devdutt Padikkal (11) fell cheaply.

Pavan Deshpande (0) was dismissed off his second ball, as Mayank Markande took a diving catch.

Kaul dismissed each Padikkal and Deshpande within the fourth over.

It quickly turned 26 for 4, as younger left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh (2/16) dismissed B R Sharath (2), who was caught within the slip cordon.

All-rounder Shreyas Gopal (13), who has typically come to Karnataka’s rescue too couldn’t convert his begin as he edged to wicket-keeper Prabhsimran Singh off pacer Ramandeep Singh (2/22) as Karnataka misplaced its half aspect for 51.

Ramandeep received his second wicket when he despatched again J Suchith (8) to depart Karnataka at 72 for six.

Leggie Mayank Markande (1/12) then received into the act as he cleaned up a well-set Anirudh Joshi (27). Punjab continued their dominance over their opposition and ran by means of their decrease order.

In reply, Punjab misplaced opener Abhishek Sharma (4) early however Prabhsimran Singh (49 not out off 37 balls) and Mandeep Singh (35 not out) ensured that the chase was stroll within the park with their 85-run unbeaten stand for the second wicket.

Prabhsimran, who took on the listless Karnataka assault, fittingly completed the sport with a six.

In the night recreation, put into bat, Tamil Nadu first restricted Himachal Pradesh to 135/9 after which rode on Baba Aparajith’s unbeaten 52 to overtake the goal in 17.5 overs.

Tamil Nadu saved on taking wickets at common intervals as they didn’t permit opposition batsmen to calm down.

HP skipper Rishi Dhawan top-scored with an unbeaten 35 off 26 balls. Opener Abhimanyu Rana (28) and one-down Nitin Sharma (26) did not convert their begins.

For TN, right-arm pacer Sonu Yadav (3/14) did bulk of the harm and was ably supported by Sandeep Warrior (2/32), R Sai Kishore (1/27) and M Mohammed (1/18).

While chasing, Tamil Nadu misplaced openers Narayan Jagadeesan (7), C Hari Nishanth (17) and Arun Karthik (0) early and have been 25 for 3 at one stage.

Tamil Nadu have been in a spot of hassle after they slipped to 66 for five however Aparajith, who struck three fours and two sixes, and Shahrukh Khan (40 not out off 19 balls; 5×4, 2×6) conjured an unbeaten 75-run match-winning sixth wicket stand to take the aspect dwelling.

Brief Scores:

Karnataka 87 all out (Aniruddha Joshi 27, Shreyas Gopal 13; Siddharth Kaul 3/15, Arshdeep Singh 2/16) misplaced to Punjab 89/1 (Prabhsimran Singh 49 not out, Mandeep Singh 35 not out; A Mithun 1/11) by 9 wickets.

Himachal Pradesh 135/9 (Rishi Dhawan 35 not out, Abhimanyu Rana 28; Sonu Yadav 3/14, Sandeep Warrior 2/32) misplaced to Tamil Nadu 141/5 (B Aparajith 52 not out, Shahrukh Khan 40 not out; Vaibhav Arora 3/30) by 5 wickets.

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