Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Pawan Negi takes three, Delhi thumps Nagaland by eight wickets

Electing to field, Delhi restricted Nagaland to 75 for nine in its stipulated 20 overs before returning to overhaul the target, scoring 78 for two in 12.3 overs.

Delhi left-arm spinner Pawan Negi claimed three wickets against Nagaland in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy fixture.

Delhi left-arm spinner Pawan Negi claimed three wickets against Nagaland in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy fixture.   -  AP

A disciplined all-round effort helped Delhi thrash Nagaland by eight wickets in a Group ‘E’ T20 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Monday.

Electing to field, Delhi restricted Nagaland to 75 for nine in its stipulated 20 overs before returning to overhaul the target, scoring 78 for two in 12.3 overs.

While left-arm spinner Pawan Negi claimed three wickets, Lalit Yadav, S Bhati and Karan Dagar accounted for one wicket each.

Batting first, only three Nagaland batsmen -- M Wotsa, S S Mundhe and I Lemtur could reach double figures.

Chasing the target, Delhi rode on some useful contributions from the top-order with skipper Dhruv Shorey top-scoring with a run-a-ball 27 and Nitish Rana scoring 20 not out.

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In other Group E matches, Saurashtra registered a comfortable 57-run win over Gujarat at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.

Batting first, Saurashtra rode on fifties by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (59), Samarth Vyas (55) and Sheldon Jackson (57) to post a challenging 214 for seven.

In reply, Gujarat could only manage 157 for eight in 20 overs with Axar Patel (70) doing the bulk of scoring.