Andhra pulled off a thrilling, three-run win over Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T-20 cricket championship league at Mulapadu Cricket Complex here on Thursday.

Andhra, electing to bat, posted 179 with opener M. Pranith (43, 17b, 6 x 4, 3 x 6), Ricky Bhui (38, 29b, 1 x 4, 3 x 6) and Karn Sharma (30, 15b, 2 x 4, 2 x 6) chipping in with useful contributions even as pacer Varun Aaron (three for 49) was the main wicket-taker for Jharkhand.

In reply, Jharkhand looked on course with Saurabh Tiwary (54, 32b, 5 x 4, 2 x 6) at the crease when the scoreline read 162 for six in 19th over before he was run out by wicketkeeper K. Srikar Bharat.

That proved to be decisive as Y. Prithvi Raj struck twice in the 20th over to send back Shahbaz Nadeem (1) and Monu (16). To the delight of Andhra players, Rahul Shukla was run-out again by the wicketkeeper to leave Jharkhand three runs short of the target.

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This is Andhra’s second win in five matches while, Jharkhand suffered it’s first defeat in fifth game.

Opener Mayank Raghav’s century (103, 66b, 11 x 4, 5 x 6) went in vain for Manipur as Jammu & Kashmir scored an eight-wicket win in another match.

For J & K, this is the third win in six games while, Manipur suffered its fourth defeat in five matches.

In another match, Kerala notched up a thumping, 10-wicket win over Nagaland with openers Vishnu Vinod (53 not out, 38b, 4 x 4, 3 x 6) and Rohan S Kunnummal (51 not out, 36b, 8 x 4) batting with great freedom. This is it’s fourth win in five matches while, Nagaland suffered it’s fifth straight defeat.

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