4.58 pm: That brings us to the end of another entertaining day of T20 action at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. A reminder — the next round begins at 9.30 am on Friday, March 8, 2019. Till then, it's goodbye.
4.55 pm: Punjab has clinched victory, with one ball remaining. Mandeep Singh stuck till the end; he finishes with an unbeaten 70. Punjab beats Railways by three wicket. Meanwhile, in Mulapadu, Andhra defeats Manipur by 91 runs. And, in Surat, Tamil Nadu completes a 93-run win over Meghalaya. Chasing 214 for victory, Meghalaya finishes its innings on 121 for 4.
4.48 pm: Mandeep Singh has a half-century, but his job is not yet over. Punjab needs another 10 runs to win with three wickets in hand and with six balls remaining.
4.38 pm: Punjab is seven down now, in its chase of 150. Mandeep Singh is batting on 43, and has the task of shepherding the tail. At 116 for 7 after 17 overs, the team needs 34 more runs.
4.25 pm: At the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Punjab, at 95 for 5 in the 15th over, requires 55 more runs to defeat Railways.
4.21 pm: And now, Saurashtra also completes a comfortable win. It reaches its target of 100 in 17.2 overs for a five-wicket defeat of Goa. In Mulapadu, Manipur needs 110 more runs to win, in three overs. The required run-rate is 36.66.
4.18 pm: Haryana is bowled out for 124, and Karnataka ensures a 14-run victory at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack. S. P. Kumar's efforts turned out to be in vain — he scored 63 off 40 balls and was the last man out, in the 20th over. Meanwhile, the contest between Baroda and Uttar Pradesh is a no-result — both teams get two points each.
4.16 pm: Saurashtra is five down, after Sheldon Jackson's dismissal. But it is just five runs away from victory, with 3.4 overs remaining.
4.08 pm: S. P. Kumar has a half-century for Haryana. It's 116 for 9, and needs 23 more runs in 15 deliveries to defeat Karnataka.
4.04 pm: Manipur crosses the 100-mark, in the 12th over. It needs 145 more runs to win. Mayank Raghav is batting on 64.
4.00 pm: Haryana is nine down now, and needs 46 more runs to win in four overs. Arun Chaprana was the last wicket to fall, in the 16th over. S. P. Kumar, batting in the middle order, is on 34 off 22 deliveries. He has the task of scoring runs as well as shepherding the tail.
3.55 pm: The contest between Pondicherry and Services is called off, at Palam, New Delhi. Both teams get two points each.
3.49 pm: Bengal reaches the finishing line in the 13th over for an eight wicket victory over Odisha. Wriddhiman Saha scored a half-century — 52 (31b, 5X4, 3X6), and Abhimanyu Easwaran chipped in with 33.
3.47 pm: Saurashtra reaches its fifty, in the ninth over. Sheldon Jackson and Prerak Mankad are batting. Saurashtra needs 49 more to win in 11 overs, with seven wickets in hand.
3.41 pm: Mayank Raghav has a half-century. He reaches the landmark in 29 deliveries.
3.37 pm: Haryana is in the middle of a dramatic collapse. It is seven down now, Nitin Saini and Jayant Yadav are both dismissed in the same over, the 11th. It needs 81 more runs to win, with three wickets in hand. Meanwhile, Manipur has reached the 50-mark in its chase of 253 against Andhra, in the sixth over. Mayank Raghav, the opener, has struck seven fours and two sixes in his 26-ball 44 so far.
3.34 pm: In its chase of 100 against Goa, Saurashtra has lost a couple of early wickets. It needs 64 more runs to win, with eight wickets in hand, with more than 14 overs left. Punjab, too, is two down. With the departure of Shubman Gill for 11, it is 15 for 2 in the fourth over, chasing 150.
3.30 pm: Haryana has begun its chase shakily, against Karnataka, at DRIEMS Ground, Cuttack. It is five wickets down for 48, in the 10th over. Also in Cuttack, Bengal has closed in on what looks like a comfortable victory, against Odisha. It needs 27 more runs to win, with nine wickets in hand and 10 overs left.
3.27 pm: Tamil Nadu, too, has piled up a huge total in its contest against Meghalaya. M. Vijay has scored 107 off 67 deliveries, with nine fours and five sixes. Washington Sundar scored a half-century and Vivek Raj chipped in with a quickfire 36. Railways, on the other hand, has put up a middling total against Railways. It scored 149 for 5 in its 20 overs, with Prashant Gupta top-scoring with 54.
3.04 pm: Against Manipur, Andhra has posted a total of 252 for 4 in its 20 overs. Besides the openers, Ricky Bhui, too, chipped in with a half-century, scoring an unbeaten 59 off 20 deliveries, with seven sixes.
3.01 pm: Goa is bowled out for 99, in its contest against Saurashtra. Vaibhav Govekar, the top scorer with 32 (19b, 7X4), and Keenan (30, 29b, 3X4) were the only batsmen to reach double figures. Jay Chauhan was the most successful bowler, with three wickets.
2.43 pm: Odisha has posted 108 for 9 in its 20 overs, against Bengal, at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Rajesh Mohanty was the top scorer with 24, and Ishan Porel the most successful bowler, with three wickets. Andhra, meanwhile, has crossed the 200-mark, against Manipur. In the 18th over, it's 214 for 3. Ashwin Hebbar and M. Pranith, the opener, both scored 71.
2.32 pm: Tamil Nadu has raced to 65 for 0 in seven overs, against Meghalaya. M. Vijay, the opener, has raced to 43 off 29 deliveries. Meanwhile, its geographical neighbour Karnataka has posted 138 for 9 in its 20 overs against Haryana, Manish Pandey and Rohan Kadam top scoring with 25.
2.29 pm: Rain has stopped play once again in Palam, New Delhi. Baroda is 76 for 2 in the 13th over when the play was paused. The other fixture at Palam, New Delhi, the contest between Pondicherry and Services, has also been stopped, but due to bad light. The two grounds are adjacent to each other, so there may be rain as well as bad light.
2.11 pm: Andhra, meanwhile, has no such trouble against Manipur. It's crossed the 100-mark for the loss of no wicket. After 10 overs, it is 111 for 0. Ashwin Hebbar is batting on 68 (32b, 10X4, 3X6) and his opening partner M. Pranith on 41 (28b, 4X4, 2X6).
2.08 pm: Odisha and Karnataka are on a slippery slope, it seems. The lower-half of the batting order is exposed, and has the responsibility of ploughing through the business end of the contest. Karnakata is 112 for 5 in 16 overs, against Haryana, while Odisha is 68 for 6 in the 15th over against Bengal.
2.02 pm: Goa has crossed the fifty mark, too, in Indore. It is now 55 for 2 in the seventh over. Meanwhile, in Surat, Tamil Nadu has chosen to bat against Meghalaya.
2.00 pm: Baroda and Services have also not lost a single wicket so far in their innings. Services has crossed the fifty mark in the eighth over against Pondicherry, while Baroda is 44 for 0 in seven overs against Uttar Pradesh. The weather is now clear at Palam, New Delhi, for the contest between Baroda and UP to take place.
1.57 pm: Andhra and Karnataka have built the base for a solid total in their respective contests. Karnataka is four down for 94 in the 14th over against Haryana, while Andhra is 61 for 0 in six overs against Manipur.
1.33 pm: Odisha has made a faltering start to its innings, after having chosen to bat against Bengal. It's lost three early wickets; in the seventh over, it is 33 for 3. Karnataka has lost early wickets, too, but is in a much better position. It is 52 for 2 in the eighth over, against Haryana, at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack.
TODAY'S MATCHES (AFTERNOON)
1. Haryana vs Karnataka
Haryana: N R Saini (W), A H Hooda, G A Singh, J J Yadav, R K Tewatia, A R Mishra (C), Arun Chaprana, H J Rana, S P Kumar, Y R Sharma, Ankit Kumar.
Karnataka: M Prasidh, B R Sharath (W), Vinay Kumar R, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (C), Shreyas Gopal, M S Bhandage, Suchith J, Mayank Agarwal, Koushik V, Rohan Kadam.
2. Odisha vs Bengal
Odisha: Anurag Sarangi (C), Aravinda Singh, Biplab Samantaray, Suryakant Pradhan, Abhishek Raut, Pappu Roy, Shantanu Mishra, Rajesh Mohanty, Ashutosh Das, Rajesh Dhuper (W), Subham Nayak.
Bengal: A R Easwaran, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Manoj Tiwary (C), Wriddhiman Saha (W), Ashoke Dinda, Shreevats Goswami, Vivek Singh, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Shahbaz, Ayan.
3. Manipur vs Andhra
Manipur: Bishworjit, Sultan, Bonny Chingangbam, Homendro (C), Th Kishan , Shah (W), P Prafullomani, Mayank Raghav , Rajesh , Yashpal Singh, Priyojit K.
Andhra: Ashwin Hebbar, Girinath Reddy, Ricky Bhui, G H Vihari (C), Swaroop, K S Bharat (W), M Pranith, K V Sasikanth, M Harishankar Reddy, S K Ismail, Shoaib Mohammed Khan.
4. Punjab vs Railways
Punjab: Prabhsimran Singh (W), Shubman Gill, Yuvraj Singh, Mandeep Singh (C), Gurkeerat Mann, Manan Vohra, Sandeep Sharma, Krishan Alang, Manpreet Singh Grewal, Barinder Singh Sran, Anmolpreet Singh.
Mizoram: Anureet Singh (C), Amit Mishra, Ashish Yadav, Prashant Awasthi, Abhinav Dixit, Prashant Gupta, Krishna Kant Upadhyay, Mrunal Devdhar, P S Singh, Amit Paunikar (W), Harsh Tyagi.
5. Saurashtra vs Goa
Saurashtra: C. Pujara, Robbie, A V Vasavada, D A Jadeja, D Chauhan, Hardik Rathod, Sheldon Jackson, Jay Chauhan, Prerak Mankad, J Unadkat (C), H Desai (W).
Goa: Amulya Pandrekar, Suyash S Prabhudessai, Amogh Desai (C), Darshan Misal, Keenan, Rajasekhar Harikant (W), Amit Verma, Krishna Das, Felix Alemao, Malik Sirur, Vaibhav Govekar.
6. Baroda vs Uttar Pradesh
Baroda: R T Arothe, Yusuf Pathan, Bhargav Bhatt, Deepak Jagbir Hooda, Kedar Devdhar (C) (W), Swapnil K Singh, Vishnu Solanki, B A Pathan, K R Kakade, Pratik, P A Kumar.
Uttar Pradesh: Priyam Garg, Ankit Choudhary, Aksh Deep Nath (C), Ankit Rajpoot, Samarth Singh, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Shubham Chaubey, Aryan Juyal (W), Mohit Jangra, Rinku Singh.
7. Pondicherry vs Services
Pondicherry: Rohit D (C), M Viknesh, Satish Jangir , Aravind, S Karthik (W), PRATIK, P THAMARAIKANNAN, Pankaj Singh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Fabid Ahmed, P K Dogra.
Services: V U Yadav, Rahul Singh Gahlaut, Rajat Paliwal (C), Rahul Singh, Diwesh Gurdev Pathania, Nakul Verma (W), Vikas Hathwala, R V Darji, Nakul Sharma, Ravi Chauhan, Mohit Kumar.
8. Meghalaya vs Tamil Nadu
Meghalaya: J J Lamare, L Chettri , Gurinder Singh, Punit Bisht (C) (W), Yogesh Nagar, R R Biswa, Lakhan Singh, Amiangshu Sen, Swarajeet Das, Akash Kumar, Abhay Negi.
Tamil Nadu: Vivek Raj, M Mohammed, R Ashwin (C), M Vijay, Kousik J, N Jagadeesan (W), R Sai Kishore, Washington Sundar, Abhishek Tanwar, M Ashwin, Chaturved N S.
1.21 pm: Team Rajasthan has completed victory by 19 runs over Bihar. Bihar stumbled to 110 for 8 after 20 overs. Opening batsman Mahrour was the top scorer for Bihar, with 33 off 32 deliveries. That ends the morning round of matches on Day Seven of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
1.03 pm: Vidarbha has reached its target of 122, in the 19th over. It defeats Gujarat by five wickets. Faiz Fazal, with an unbeaten, run-a-ball 39, was instrumental in Vidarbha's win. He stayed till the end and was supported well by R. R. Rathod, who scored an unbeaten 22-ball 37. Also in Surat, Bihar needs 27 more runs to defeat Team Rajasthan, with eight deliveries left and three wickets in hand.
12.44 pm: In Surat, Bihar and Vidarbha enter a tricky period in their chase, in their respective contests. With five overs left, Vidarbha needs 35 to defeat Gujarat, with five wickets in hand. Bihar, with five wickets in hand and six overs left, requires 54 more runs to defeat Team Rajasthan.
12.41 pm: Madhya Pradesh defeats Sikkim by 50 runs to qualify for the next round. Sikkim is bowled out in 20 overs, for 114. Kumar Kartikeya Singh and Mihir Hirwani were the wreckers-in-chief, with three wickets each.
12.33 pm: At the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground in Mulapadu, Jharkhand has completed a five-wicket victory over Kerala, reaching its target of 177 in the 20th over. Anand Singh, Virat Singh, and Saurabh Tiwary were the chief contributors in the chase; Anand and Saurabh scored half-centuries, while Virat fell four short. With this win, Jharkhand has qualified for the next round.
12.26 pm: Sikkim is nearing a big defeat against Madhya Pradesh. It's lost nine wickets in its chase now, and needs 74 more runs to win, in four overs. It is getting increasingly difficult for Bihar, too; at 52 for 4, it needs 78 more runs to win in 10 overs.
12.10 pm: Bihar, in its chase of 130 against Team Rajasthan, has suffered early damage. It's lost three wickets five overs into the chase; Piyush Kumar Singh, Babul Kumar, and Keshav Kumar have been dismissed cheaply. It's 16 for 3 in five overs. Sikkim and Vidarbha are also stumbling in chase, in their respective contests. While Sikkim has been reduced to 70 for 6 in its chase of 165, Vidarbha has lost four wickets for 39, chasing 122.
12.07 pm: Chhattisgarh completes formalities to register a gigantic victory over Mizoram, by 117 runs. Mizoram finishes its innings on 104 for 5 in its 20 overs.
12.03 pm: Vidarbha stumbles early in its chase of 122. Atharva Taide, J. M. Sharma and S. U. Shrivastava have been dismissed cheaply. After six overs, Vidarbha is 31 for 3. Meanwhile, the contest between Maharashtra and Tripura, in Palam, New Delhi, is also called off; it's a no-result.
11.49 am: At Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat, Team Rajasthan has scored 129 for 8 in its 20 overs, Robin Bist top-scoring with 34. And it's a no-result at Palam, New Delhi, in the contest between Hyderabad and Team Uttarakhand. Both teams get two points each.
11.45 am: Mizoram has a tough task on its hands. After 15 overs, it is on 61 for 2; it needs 160 more runs to win in five overs, at 32 runs per over. Delhi, in contrast, has raced along in its chase against Nagaland, reaching the finish line in the 13th over. Hiten Dalal, the architect of the innings, got out with win six runs away. He scored 81 off 40 deliveries. Delhi has qualified for the next round.
11.43 am: Sikkim is three down now, in its chase of 165. Karma, the wicketkeeper, and Ashish Thapa, have been dismissed cheaply. Milind is batting on 14; it's 29 for 3 after five overs.
11.33 am: Ten overs are up in Delhi's chase of 119 against Nagaland. It is 81 for 2, and needs 30 more runs to win. Hiten Dalal, the opener, is batting on 64.
11.31 am: At the Emerald Heights International School in Indore, Sikkim's opening partnership in its chase of 165 has ended. Nilesh Lamichaney is dismissed by Ishwar Pandey for 9.
11.28 am: Rain has stopped play in Palam, New Delhi. The contests between Hyderabad and Team Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra and Tripura, are halted for the moment.
11.24 am: Meanwhile, at the C. B. Patel Ground in Surat, Gujarat posts 121 for 6 in its 20 overs; wickets fell off the last two deliveries of the innings.
11.21 am: In another eight-over contest, Hyderabad crosses fifty in the fifth over in Palam, New Delhi, and it's lost two wickets. Opener Tilak Varma is batting on 40 off 15 deliveries.
11.18 am: Mizoram has a run-rate of three per over in its chase of 220. The gulf between the run-rate and the required run-rate is wide. It needs another 192 runs in 11 overs to defeat Chhattisgarh, with nine wickets in hand.
11.15 am: Maharashtra loses early wickets. It's an eight-over match. It's 42 for 2 in the fourth over.
11:08 AM: Tripura puts Maharashtra into bat first. Maharashtra is placed second in Group E with 20 points from six matches.
11:05 AM: Rajasthan is 81/3 in 14 overs after opting to bat. MK Lomror (19) and Rohan Bist (15) are out in the middle.
11:01 AM: Uttarakhand, fourth on the table with 16 points from six matches, opts to field against Hyderabad.
10:40 AM: Kerala finishes with 176/6 after useful contributions from skipper Sachin Baby (36), Rohan Kunnummal (34) and Vinoop Manoharan (31). Will this score be enough to defend against the belligerent Ishan Kishan and Co.?
10:37 AM: Rishabh Tiwari slams 85 off 46 balls to take Chhattisgarh to 220/5 in 20 overs against Mizoram. Lavin Ian Coster added the final flourish with three sixes in just seven balls.
10:16 AM: Dream spell for Assam's Mukhtar Hussian with figures of 3-1-8-4 as Arunchal Pradesh collapses from 63/3 to 102 all-out.
9:50 AM: Rishabh Tiwari (51 off 29 balls) is striking at a good rate for Chhattisgarh and has taken his side past the 100-run mark in just the 11th over. Chhattisgarh 108/2 in 10.3 overs.
9:27 AM: Subodh Bhati has given Delhi the early initiative to its final group game against Nagaland. His two wickets has reduced Nagaland to 45/3 in 5 overs.
9:24 AM: Kerala has opted to bat in the top of the table clash in group A. Vishnu Vinod and Rohan Kunnummal has given the side a steady start thus far. Kerala 48/0 in 5.5 overs.
TODAY'S MATCHES (MORNING)
1. Delhi vs Nagaland
DELHI: Himmat Singh, Pranshu Vijayran, Unmukt Chand, Nitish Rana (C), Pawan Negi, Dhruv Shorey, Subodh Bhati, Hiten Dalal, Anuj Rawat (W), Lalit Yadav, Gourav Kumar
NAGALAND: Paras (W), Toni, Dhavanath, Gaurav, ADITYA, MANJINDER, R Jonathan (C), Pawan Suyal, Sedezhalie, Tahmeed, Imliwati
2. Jharkhand vs Kerala
JHARKHAND: Virat Singh, Anukul Roy, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron, I R Jaggi, Kumar Deobrat, Vikash Singh, Rahul Shukla, Anand Singh, Ishan (C) (W)
KERALA: Basil Thampi, K B Arun Karthick, Sachin Baby (C), Warrier, Vishnu Vinod, Abhishek Mohan, Mohammed Azharuddeen (W), Nidheesh M D, Vinoop Sheela Manoharan, Rohan S Kunnummal, Salman Nizar
3. Assam vs Arunchal Pradesh
ASSAM: Abu Nechim Ahmed, Jitumoni Kalita, Mukhtar Hussain, Amit Sinha (C), Riyan Parag, Arup Das , Pallav Kumar Das, Rishav Das, Sibsankar Roy, Rajjakuddin Ahmed, Hrishikesh Tamuli (W)
ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Deendyal, Obi (C), Sams, Tana Davit (W), Doria, Robin, Techi Neri, SOMNATH, Samarth Seth, Kshitiz Sharma, Akhilesh Sahani
4. Chhattisgarh vs Mizoram
CHHATTISGARH: Shubham Singh, Harpreet Singh Bhatia (C), P Bhima Rao, Rishabh Tiwari, Lavin Ian Coster (W), P M Singh, Shakeeb Ahmed, Shashank Chandrakar, Vishal Singh , Amandeep Khare, Ajay Mandal
MIZORAM: Andrew, Bobby , Dara (W), G Lalbiakvela, Amatea, H M Ralte, Varte Kima , Sinan, Hruaizela, Taruwar Kohli (C), Akhil Rajput
5. Hyderabad vs Uttarakhand
HYDERABAD: P S Chaitanya Reddy, C V Milind, Mehdi Hasan, B Sandeep (C), Sumanth Kolla, K Rohit Rayudu, Saaketh, T Ravi Teja, J Mallikarjun (W), Md Siraj, Tilak Varma
UTTARAKHAND: D Dhapola, Mayank Mishra , Sunny , Vaibhav , Raturi , Shivam Khurana (W), Vijay Sharma , PATHANIA, GAURAV, Saurabh Rawat, Karanveer Kaushal (C
6. Maharashtra vs Tripura
MAHARASHTRA: H A WALUNJ, A R Bawane, N S Naik (W), R A Tripathi (C), S M Fallah, A N Kazi, N S Shaikh, S S Bachhav, V V Gite, R D Gaikwad, D M Hinganekar
TRIPURA: Rana Datta, M B Mura Singh (C), N N Sen Choudhury, S S Majumder, Saurabh Das, U U Bose, J R Banik (W), S M Singha, Pratyush Singh, Kamal Das, Ninad Kadam
7. Madhya Pradesh vs Sikkim
MADHYA PRADESH: Rishabh Chouhan, Ishwar Chandra Pandey, Naman Ojha (W), Mihir Hirwani, Rajat Patidar (C), Sohraab Dhaliwal, Kuldeep Sen, Parth Sahani, Abhishek Bhandari, Venkatesh Iyer, Kumar Kartikeya Singh
SIKKIM: Tashi Pintso, Rinzing, Ishwar Chaudhary, Milind, B B Sharma, Lee Yong Lepcha, Mandup Bhutia, Nilesh Lamichaney (C), Pritam Nirala, Ashish Thapa, Karma (W)
8. Rajasthan vs Bihar
TEAM RAJASTHAN: M K Lomror (C), Nathu Singh, R D Chahar, Robin Bist, A V Choudhary, Chetan Bist (W), T M Haq, S K Saraf, T N Dhillon, Abhijeet Tomar, Rs Golada
BIHAR: Punit Malik, Vishal Das, Prashant Kumar Singh, Mahrour, ASFAHAN KHAN (W), Samar Quadri, Ashutosh Aman (C), Babul Kumar, Vivek, Piyush Kumar Singh, Keshav Kumar
9. Gujarat vs Vidarbha
GUJARAT: Manish Sharma , Hemang Patel, Axar Patel, Parthiv Patel (C) (W), Piyush Chawla, Chirag J Gandhi, Dhruv Raval, P K Panchal, Piyush Tanwar, H P Patel, A Nagwaswalla
VIDARBHA: F Y Fazal (C), S U Shrivastava, S B Wagh, A A Wakhare, Ganesh Satish, J M Sharma (W), R L Jangid, A K Karnewar, R R Rathod, Atharva Taide, Y R Thakur
On Thursday, Bengal inched closer to qualification for the knockout stages of the competition with a 26-run win over Chhattisgarh, while Karnataka made it six wins in six matches.
Bihar sneaked into the points with a nine-wicket win on the penultimate ball chasing 125 against Meghalaya.
It's the final day of the group stage fixtures from venues across India, for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
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