Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Highlights: Saxena, Samson star as Kerala beat Puducherry by six wickets

Get the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy live score, updates and commentary from Day 1 of the 2020-21 season, with Vidarbha, Mumbai and Kerala among the teams in action.

Sreesanth during a training session in Mumbai on Friday.   -  Vivek Bendre

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Results: Day 2 - evening

Elite E (Mumbai): Puducherry 138/6 in 20 overs (Ashith 33, Dogra 26, Saxena 3/13) lost to Kerala 139/4 in 18.2 overs (Samson 32, Azharuddeen 30, Ashith 3/18)

Elite D (Indore): Goa 208/7 in 20 overs (Prabhudessai 48, Eknath 45, Sharma 2/32) lost to MP 214/3 in 20 overs (Patidar 96, Iyer 87*, Dinda 2/45)


Goa and MP have played out a humdinger at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. After MP put on a mammoth 214 in 20 overs, courtesy Rajat Patidar  (96) and V Iyer (87), it had Goa reeling at 102/5 from 12 overs. The lower-order pair of Prabhudesai and Eknath put on 87 for the 7th wicket to revive the Goan innings. Their heroics, however, went in vain as Goa fell short by seven runs.

A fairly dominant performance from Kerala tonight. Puducherry never got its innings together with Kerala's spinners in particular restricting the scoring. Jalal Saxena's excellent spell of 3/13 broke the opponent's middle-order as they barely managed to reach 138/6.


In reply, openers Uthappa and Azharuddeen provided a breezy start for Kerala. The duo put on 52 for the opening wicket before being dismissed. Skipper Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby anchored the chase further but failed to close the game on their own. Puducherry's late surge delayed Kerala's win and Salman Nizar and Vishnu Vinod eventually led Kerala home in the 19th over.

Fall of wickets:  1-52 (Mohammed Azharuddeen, 4.3 ov), 2-58 (Robin Uthappa, 5.5 ov), 3-101 (Sachin Baby, 12.1 ov), 4-108 (Sanju Samson, 12.6 ov)

There it is. Kerala beats Puducherry by six wickets. Nizar and Vinod closes the match in the 19th over without breaking much sweat.

Kerala 137/4 after 18 overs: A comfortable win on the cards here for Kerala, two away from the finish line.

Kerala 133/4 after 17 overs: Marimuthu misfields at deep point to concede a boundary. Ashith is not a happy man as he finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-18-3. Kerala is nearly there with six required from three overs.

Kerala 125/4 after 16 overs: Nizar and Vinod have broken the shackles. Pankaj Singh is first taken down by Nizar for a six over covers and Vinod finishes the over with a cheeky upper-cut over the keeper. Kerala is nearly there. 14 needed of 24 balls.

Kerala 113/4 after 15 overs: A splendid spell from Ashith Rajiv. Puducherry has kept the batsmen silent for two overs and Rajiv has churned out the dot balls. Nizar and Vinod fails to exchange the strike.

Kerala 108/4 after 13 overs: Ashith Rajiv's fine outing continues. He removes the well-set pair of Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson in succession. Baby edged a pacy full delivery from Ashith off the first ball. Sanju, not bogged by the wicket pulls a massive six. Ashith quickly gets the ball to move short and Samson slashes straight onto Marimuth at point who dives forward to take the catch.

Kerala 101/2 after 12 overs: Samson is making a move here. A cracking six and a boundary over covers. He's in a hurry now!

Kerala 88/2 after 11 overs: First real hint of aggression from Samson. He steps out to hit Udeshi over covers, nearly crossing the boundary on the full. Kerala cruising to the finish line here.

Kerala 81/2 after 10 overs: It has been a quiet couple of overs for Kerala. There is no undue risks at the moment and Samson and Sachin keeps it that way. Fair to note that Samson has struggled to revert the strike back to Sachin who is maintaining the run flow without scoring a boundary yet. Kerala needs 58 off the last 10 overs.

Kerala 62/2 after 7 overs: Puducherry keeps the experienced duo quiet. Samson has opted to make a watchful start and Udeshi motors through a fine over.

Kerala 58/2 after 6 overs: Robin Uthappa has gifted his wicket away. He tries to glide the Ashith Rajiv down to third man but seems to have not noticed the fielder present at short third. He slices it straight to Sagar Udeshi. Sachin Baby joins Sanju Samson at the end of the Powerplay. Uthappa c Udeshi b Ashith 21

Kerala 57/1 after 5 overs: Azharuddeen departs after a rollicking start. Sagar Udeshi rushes the ball in him and the Kerala opener fails to make contact off the back-foot. Sanju Samson has come in to join Uthappa who has looked in good touch as well. Azharuddeen b Sagar Udeshi 30

Kerala 48/0 after 4 overs: Uthappa gets the strike after a brief period and hits the former Kerala man, Fabid for a reverse sweep and doubles it up with a conventional version. Azharuddeen then hits Fabid for another resounding six down the ground. It has been a sight to watch him bat tonight.

Kerala 32/0 after 3 overs: Azharuddeen with some flair and authority. He has disrupted the big man Pankaj Singh with an array of delectable square cuts.

Kerala 19/0 after 2 overs: A loud thud surrounds the ground after Azharuddeen smashes Trivedi for a huge six over long-on. He was anticipating the short ball, waits for it and swings the bat with flair. Kerala is off to a good start here.

Kerala 9/0 after 1 over: Uthappa has run a three at the Wankhede in a T20 game. How often has it happened at this frenzied outfield? The opening pair has started well. 

Kerala's chase is underway. Pankaj Singh to open the bowling for Puducherry. Robin Uthappa and Azharuddeen opens the innings for Kerala.

End Innings: Madhya Pradesh - 214/3 in 20 overs  (Rajat Patidar 96(51), Venkatesh Iyer 87(52), Ashoke Dinda 2/45) v Goa

This has been a fine performance by Sanju Samson and his men. Samson rotated the bowlers well throughout the 20 overs with comeback man Sreesanth starting up with a 3-over opening spell. After a slightly jarring start, the 37-year-old found his rhythm as he cleaned up Fabid Ahmed to get a wicket on return and finished with figures of 1/28. But the man of the night was Jalaj Saxena!

Puducherry Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Damodaran Rohit, 2.6 ov), 2-26 (Fabid Ahmed, 3.2 ov), 3-69 (Sheldon Jackson, 8.6 ov), 4-69 (Marimuthu Vikneshwaran, 9.1 ov), 5-82 (Paras Dogra, 11.2 ov), 6-87 (Sagar Trivedi, 13.1 ov)

It has been an excellent spell from the offie who made it hard for the Puducherry batsmen to make a move on. Saxena ran through the middle-order and finishes with excellent figures of 3/13 from four overs. Kerala needs 139 for its first win in the tournament.

Puducherry 138/6 after 20 overs: Some relief for Puducherry as Ashith Rajiv smashes a six off Asif of the final ball. A 13-run over to end the innings.

Puducherry 125/6 after 19 overs: After a nine-run 18th over from Asif, Thampi returns to finish his spell but concedes another huge six down the ground to Ashith Rajiv. The batsmen are scampering for a run every ball now. Thampi finishes his spell at 4-0-32-0

Puducherry 105/6 after 17 overs: It has been an off-day for Basil Thampi. After conceding just one run of the first over, Thampi tweaks his line unnecessarily and Ashith Rajiv hooks the ball for a massive six.

Puducherry 97/6 after 16 overs: Midhun finishes his spell in typical manner. Induces a lot more dot balls and an excellent spell without much rewards ends at 4-0-21-0.

Puducherry 92/6 after 15 overs: Sreesanth finishes his spell with a rather fine over even as Puducherry has lost its tooth by now. He keeps the ball up-front and forces the batsmen to deal in singles. Sreesanth bows down to the pitch at the end of the over as he has been overwhelmed by emotion there.

Puducherry 89/6 after 14 overs: This has been a sensational spell from Saxena! He loops the ball and forces the left-handed Trivedi to go for the slog. Trivedi mishits and finds Uthappa right under the ball. Saxena finishes his spell at 4-0-13-3.

Puducherry 87/5 after 13 overs: Skipper Samson must be happy with the performance of his spinners. Midhun rushes through another over within a minute. Compact line and Kerala is keeping the runs under check.

Puducherry 84/5 after 12 overs: Saxena is on a roll here, folks! Dogra tries to challenge Saxena's accurate line and attempts another reverse-sweep. He misses it altogether as the offie snatches another wicket. He maintains the stranglehold on the batsmen through the over once again. Dogra b Saxena 26

Puducherry 82/4 after 11 overs: Asif returns to the attack and leaks one too many. His erratic line has been capitalised by the new man Trivedi who smashes a six over long-off and hits a boundary through mid-wicket of the very next delivery. Puducherry trying to make the move now.

MID-INNINGS Update: Maharashtra 103/2 after 10 overs vs Goa


Puducherry 71/4 after 10 overs: A brilliant over from the domestic veteran! Saxena rushes in another delivery which slides down leg. Marimuthu shabbily plays all around it and the ball hits his legs before crashing into the stumps. He departs of the first ball without troubling the scores. Marimuthu b Saxena 0

Puducherry 69/3 after 9 overs: Just when Jackson was getting a move on with a classical square cut boundary, his partner has caught him in a mix-up. Dogra and Jackson find themselves at the striker's end as Sachin Baby picked the ball quickly. He throws it swiftly to Midhun who does no wrong to hit the stumps. Jackson 17 runout (Baby)

Puducherry 59/2 after 8 overs: Jalal Saxena into the attack and he foxes Dogra twice with classical off-breaks. Dogra breaks the shackles with a reverse-sweep boundary through point.

Puducherry 52/2 after 7 overs: A fine over from S Midhun. Keeps the bowl tight on to the stumps and Sheldon Jackson fails to get the singles to rotate strike.

Puducherry 48/2 after 6 overs: Sreesanth concedes a boundary of the first ball but continues to pitch the ball up. He is unlucky to see another four runs to his tally as Salman Nizar misfields at the deep midwicket boundary. Puducherry is building up from the loss of two wickets as Dogra has looked solid so far.

Sreesanth back for a third over on the trot.

Puducherry 38/2 after 5 overs: Sanju Samson rolling in the changes. Brings Thampi back into the attack. Looks more in control with the ball this time but Paras Dogra smashed the only loose delivery of the over through the covers.

Puducherry 32/2 after 4 overs: Sreesanth must be a relieved man! He squares up Fabid Ahmed of the second ball of his second over. The ball did not seem to move inward as much as Ahmed expected as he played down the wrong. Sreesanth rattles the stumps to get a wicket on comeback.  Ahmed b Sreesanth 10 (7)

Puducherry 26/1 after 3 overs: CSK paceman KM Asif replaced Basil Thampi after just one over and a fine start to his spell. Asif's outswingers trouble the Puducherry skipper Rohit twice before he holed out to a poor shot to covers.  Rohit c Azharuddeen b Asif 10

Puducherry 21/0 after 2 overs: It was a fine ball to start with on return for Sreesanth but he lost his line thereafter. The ball kept sliding down leg and the skipper Rohit played another fine short to midwicket to get the runs moving.

Comeback man Sreesanth with the new-ball.

Puducherry 8/0 after 1 over: It was a fine start from Basil Thampi, but the Kerala paceman pulls the ball short and Rohit D smashes a cracking pull for six off the final ball.

TOSS: Puducherry has won the toss and elected to field

Kerala XI: Sanju Samson (C & WK), Sachin Baby, Jalaj Saxena, Uthappa, Azharuddeen, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Basil Thampi, Sreesanth, Asif Km, S Midhun

Puducherry XI: Rohit D (C), Fabid Ahmed, Paras Dogra, Sheldon Jackson (WK), Pankaj Singh, Sagar Trivedi, Thamaraikannan P, V Marimuthu, Sagar Udeshi, Sanganakkal, Raghu Sharma


Toss updates from Kerala-Puducherry coming up....

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TOSS UPDATE: Goa vs Maharashtra: Goa wins toss and elects to field

Maharashtra XI: Rishabh Chouhan, Arpit Gaud, Surendra Malviya, Ankit Sharma, Mihir Hirwani, Rajat Patidar, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Sen, Parth Sahani (C), Rakesh Thakur (W),Venkatesh Iyer

Goa XI: Deepraj Gaonkar, Heramb Parab, Lakshay A Garg, Snehal Kauthankar, Suyash S Prabhudessai, Ashoke Dinda, Amogh Desai, Darshan Misal, Amit Verma (C), KD Eknath (W), Aditya Kaushik

Welcome to the evening session of the Syed Mushtaq Ali 2020-21 as Kerala takes on Puducherry at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Toss and team lineups to be announced by 6:45 pm.

Toss updates, mid-innings and final result for the Madhya Pradesh and Goa at the Holkar Stadium, Indore which will not be telecast.



Manipur Won by 6 Wickets

Saurashtra Won by 3 Wickets

Sikkim Won by 10 Wickets

Haryana Won by 6 Wickets

Rajasthan Won by 3 Wickets

Elite D (Indore):

Services 163/4 in 20 overs (Ravi Chauhan 33, Rahul Singh 76 n.o.) lost to Saurashtra 166/7 in 19.1 overs (Arpit Vasavada 34, Chirag Jani 34
n.o., Varun Choudhary 3/39).

Vidarbha 104 in 19.3 overs (Siddhesh Wath 31, Deepak Chahar 3/10, Rahul Chahar 3/27) lost to Rajasthan 106/7 in 14.3 overs (Arjit Gupta
41 n.o., Darshan Nalkande 4/20, Akshay Wakhare 3/33).

Elite E (Mumbai): Andhra 107/6 in 20 overs (Ricky Bhui 39) lost to Haryana 108/4 in 15.5 overs (Chaitanya Bishnoi 42 n.o., Shivam Chauhan 35).

Delhi 206/4 in 20 overs (Himmat Singh 53, Nitish Rana 74) bt Mumbai 130 in 18.1 overs (Shivam Dube 63, Pradeep Sangwan 3/20).

Plate (Chennai):

Meghalaya 62 in 13 overs (D.B. Ravi Teja 35) lost to Manipur 66/4 in 12.1 overs (Narsingh Yadav 33 n.o.). Match restricted to 13-overs-a-side due to wet outfield.

Bihar 122 in 20 overs (Manav Patil 4/20) bt Arunachal Pradesh 104/9 in 20 overs (Ashutosh Aman 3/17, Sachin Kumar Singh 3/22).

Mizoram 47/3 in 5 overs lost to Sikkim 50/0 in 3.4 overs. Match restricted to five-overs-a-side due to wet outfield.

Chandigarh vs Nagaland. Match abandoned.


A thumping 76-run win for Delhi. Nitish Rana and Himmat Singh led Delhi's charge with the bat, powering the visitor to 206/4. Mumbai's chase never got going after it lost four wickets inside the first six overs. Shivam Dube kept the host in the hunt briefly with a quickfire 63 but he ran out of partners. Mumbai was bowled out for 130. Ishant Sharma, returning to competitive cricket after an injury, picked two wickets for 16 runs.

(Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, 0.2 ov) ,2-4 (Aditya Tare, 1.1 ov) ,3-14 (S D Lad, 3.4 ov) ,4-17 (Surya, 4.2 ov) ,5-52 (S N Khan, 9.2 ov) ,6-101 (Shubham Ranjane, 13.4 ov) ,7-125 (S Z Mulani, 16.3 ov) ,8-125 (Shivam Dube, 16.5 ov) ,9-126 (Dhawal Kulkarni, 17.2 ov) ,10-130 (Kruthik Hanagavadi, 18.1 ov))

Mumbai 110/6 after 15 Overs: Shivam Dube and Shubham Ranjane rarely failed to punish loose balls, especially Dube. The all-rounder collected a four and a six off consecutive deliveries to reach his fifty. But he is running out of partners with Ranjane now getting clean bowled by Nitish Rana. Mumbai have crossed the 100-run mark but Delhi on top here.

Mumbai 56/5 after 10 Overs: Mumbai upped the scoring rate with Dube and Khan flexing their muscles. Pawan Negi bore the brunt of Dube's onslaught with the left-hander hammering a towering six over long-on. Khan chipped in with a six too. But just as they were looking to switch gears, Khan holed out for 15.

Mumbai 18/4 after 5 Overs: Ishant Sharma, Simarjeet Singh and Pradeep Sangwan nipped out Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad and Suryakumar Yadav in the Powerplay to leave Mumbai reeling in a stiff chase. Sarfaraz Khan has Shivam Dube for company. Delhi bowlers have got their tails up.



End Innings: Andhra - 99/5 in 17.4 overs  (Ricky Bhui 35 off 35, Girinath Reddy 0 off 0)

End Innings: Vidarbha - 104/10 in 19.3 overs  (Y R Thakur 10 off 9, A A Wakhare 1 off 1)

End Innings: Services - 163/4 in 20.0 overs  (Rahul Singh Gahlaut 76 off 40, Nakul Sharma 5 off 7)

End Innings: Bihar 122/10 RAHUL KUMAR 3(4) Samar Quadri 2(2)

End Innings: Meghalaya - 62/10 in 13.0 overs (Kilco R Marak 1 off 2, Akash Kumar 1 off 2)

End Innings: Mizoram - 47/3 in 5.0 overs (Joel 0 off 4, Reuben 3 off 1)


Nitish Rana plundered 74 off just 37 deliveries before falling to Mulani. Rana's whirlwind knock was studded with five sixes and seven fours. At the other end, Himmat Singh too hit a 32-ball 53 as Delhi racked up 206/4 at the end of 20 overs. Mumbai need 205 to win.

(Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Hiten Dalal, 3.6 ov) ,2-56 (Shikhar Dhawan, 6.3 ov) ,3-178 (Nitish Rana, 16.4 ov) ,4-181 (Himmat Singh, 17.2 ov))

Delhi 165/2 after 16 Overs: Nitish Rana has upped the ante in a vital 50-plus stand with Himmat Singh. Delhi have gone past 100 with Rana slamming four sixes and five fours en route to a 29-ball 57. Mumbai bowlers Shivam Dube (0 for 33) and Shubham Ranjane (0 for 18) bore the brunt with his three overs going for 33.

Delhi 84/2 after 10 Overs: Dhawan started slowly but was changing gears when Mulani had him caught. He fell for a run-a-ball 23. He struck two fours. Two fresh batsmen at the crease for Delhi - Himmat Singh and Nitish Rana. Both have started to play the big shots now.

Delhi 49/1 after 5 Overs: Dhawan and Dalal got Delhi off to a quick start. Dalal took the attack to the Mumbai bowlers in the Powerplay, striking five boundaries before falling to Deshpande. Himmat Singh has joined Dhawan, who has struck two fours so far.


Delhi Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Hiten Dalal, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Anuj Rawat(w), Lalit Yadav, Ayush Badoni, Pawan Negi, Pradeep Sangwan, Ishant Sharma, Simarjeet Singh

Mumbai Playing XI: Dhawal Kulkarni,Aditya Tare (W),Surya (C),S D Lad,Kruthik Hanagavadi,S N Khan,S Z Mulani,Tushar U Deshpande,Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal,Shivam Dube,Shubham Ranjane

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 Today's T20 Matches

Vidarbha vs Rajasthan, Elite D Group, Emerald High School Ground, Indore - Rajasthan Won the Toss & elected to Field

Services vs Saurashtra, Elite D Group, Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore - Saurashtra Won the Toss & elected to Field

Mumbai vs Delhi, Elite E Group, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Mumbai Won the Toss & elected to Field

Haryana vs Andhra, Elite E Group, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai -Haryana Won the Toss & elected to Field

Mizoram vs Sikkim, Plate Group, Sri Ramachandra Medical College Ground, Chennai - Sikkim Won the Toss & elected to Field

Chandigarh vs Nagaland, Plate Group, Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai - Match abandoned

Bihar vs Arunachal Pradesh, Plate Group, TI Cycles Ground, Murugappa, Chennai - Bihar Won the Toss & elected to bat

Meghalaya vs Manipur, Plate Group, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground, Chennai - Manipur Won the Toss & elected to Field

Kerala vs Puducherry, Elite E Group, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Madhya Pradesh vs Goa, Elite D Group, Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore


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