Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Bista, Tare hammer Madhya Pradesh to fashion easy Mumbai win

Jay Bista and Aditya Tare hit fifties as Mumbai beat Madhya Pradesh by nine wickets. In another match, Bengal beat Meghalaya by 54 runs.

Aditya Tare made an unbeaten fifty to guide Mumbai home.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Openers Jay Bista and Aditya Tare put the Madhya Pradesh attack to sword, raised 111 runs in 11.4 overs and paved the way for Mumbai’s third straight win in a Group-D league match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday.

The home team reached the winning target (160) in the 16th over, with Tare (74 n.o, 48 balls, 10 x 4s, 2 x 6s) and Suryakumar Yadav carving a quick fire unbeaten 54 partnership for the second wicket.

Electing to bat, Madhya Pradesh did not capitalise on the near nine-run an over rate it touched in the power play.

After the run out of Ashutosh Sharma in the first ball of the match, following a direct hit by Sarfaraz Khan, Rajat Patidar and Parth Sahani scored at will, and thereafter Anand Bais and Venkatesh Iyer also kept the scoreboard ticking, but the visitor failed to find the boundary often in order to post a stiff target.

Bista, whose style is cut out for the short format of the game, did not waste time and swung his bat freely to send the ball racing to the fence and over, treating the pacers and spinners with equal disdain.

After making a 36-ball 68 (7x4s, 4 x 6s) Bista mis-hit seamer Kuldeep Sen to Patidar at mid-wicket.

Tare who was at finish said: “Bista played a top class knock, it helped me to settle down. The pitch was good to bat. “

Earlier in the first match, Bengal posted a formidable 207 to put it across Meghalaya by 54 runs.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh 159/5 (Mukesh Sahani 47, Anand Bais 31, Zakir Mulani 1/17) lost to Mumbai 165/1 (Aditya Tare 78 n.o. Jay Bista 68 n.o) by nine wickets.