Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League: Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka bag wins- As it happened

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy Super League Stage: Punjab defeated Jharkhand, Delhi beat Maharashtra, Karnataka stormed past Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

Mandeep Singh in action.   -  special arrangement

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Karnataka cruises to victory! Unbeaten half-centuries from opener K.L. Rahul and skipper Manish Pandey helped Karnataka secure a rather comfortable nine-wicket win over Tamil Nadu. .

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Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Fifty up for Manish Pandey. Karnataka is 154/1 after overs, requiring just five runs off 24 balls.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Karnataka is 126/1 after 15 overs, needing 33 runs from 30 balls. Manish Pandey (30* off 27 balls) and K.L. Rahul (57* off 43 balls) have already a fifty-run stand.

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Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Half-century for K.L. Rahul. He has hit six boundaries so far. Karnataka is 111/1 after 13 overs, needing 48 runs from 42 balls.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Dinesh Karthik demands for a ball to be changed after it slips from Shahrukh Khan's hand leading to an extra run for Karnataka batsmen. KL Rahul moves to 43 off 33 balls after he smashes Murugan Ashwin to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Karnataka 93/1 after 11 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: After the halfway mark, Karnataka requires only 74 runs off 60 balls. K.L. Rahul, currently not-out on 38 ,is fast approaching his fifty. Skipper Manish Pandey is slowly beginning to shift gears . Karnataka is cruising at 85/1 after 10 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Karnataka is off to a flying start. K.L. Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal have taken the charge to the bowlers from ball one and if the form continues, they will make short work of the chase. Rahul not-out on 27 and Padikkal on 22 as Karnataka is cruising at 50/0 after 5 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Second innings begins with a cracking boundary from K.L. Rahul, who is opening the innings with Devdutt Padikkal. Rahul smashes Washington Sundar for another boundary through the leg side. Karnataka 10/0 after 1 over.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Karnataka manages to restrict Tamil Nadu to 158/7 in 20 overs. Ronit More and Koushik Vasuki picked two wickets each for Karntaka. On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik was Tamil Nadu's best batsman as he scored 43.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Two wickets in quick succession has halted Tamil Nadu's charge for a big finish. First, Sundar was dismissed for 39 before Shahrukh Khan was sent packing on one. Tamil Nadu is 114/5 after 16 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Skipper Dinesh Karthik has to depart for a well-made 43 off just 29 balls. He tried to clear the infield with a horizontal bat shot, but the bat turned in his hands. The ball flew high and was comfortably caught by Pravin Dubey. Vijay Shankar is the new man in. Tamil Nadu is 107/3 after 14.3 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Dinesh Karthik, who is currently unbeaten 31 off18, and Washington Sundar ,14 off 10, have steadied Tamil Nadu's ship. The team looks well on course for a big finish, should the two of the continue this way. Tamil Nadu is 71/2 after 10 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Baba Aparajith is dismissed by Ronit More and he has to walk back for 10. Dinesh Karthik joins Hari Chezhian in the centre, who is run-out by Manish Pandey. Both batsmen run for a quick single, but Pandey was sharp at mid-off to collect the ball quickly and hit the stumps with a direct throw. Hari didn't ground his bat and paid the price. He is out 15 as Tamil Nadu is 26/2 after 5.3 overs.

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu: Openers Hari Chezhian and Baba Aparajith have started steady The former has smashed two boundaries so far, while the latter has hit one. Tamil Nadu is 18/0 after 3 overs.

TOSS: Karnataka has won the toss and has opted to bowl.

We are minutes away from the last match of the day. And it's a big one between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at the  Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat.

 

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Punjab wins big! Sumit Satyendra Kumar is the last man be dismissed on one and that's that! After putting on a massive 199 on the board in 20 overs, Punjab's bowlers followed up their batsmen's brilliant show with an equally good performance in the field. Jharkhand has been bowled out for 90 in 14.2 overs as Punjab bags a 109-run victory.

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Punjab vs Jharkhand: Kumar Deobrat (14 off 19), Anukul Roy ( 6 off 5) and Saurabh Tiwari (4 off 9) are the latest casualties as Jharkhand continues to drift further away from the target. Second wicket for Mayank Markande and first for Abhishek Sharma leaves Jharkhand reeling at 80/6 after 12.1 overs, still needing 120 runs from 47 balls.

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Jharkhand in a spot of bother at the halfway stage. It is three down for 72. Jharkhand needs 128 to win in 11 overs.

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Mandeep Singh remains unbeaten on a 52-ball 81. Abhishek Sharma fell for a 44-ball 72. Punjab finishes on 199/4. Jharkhand needs 200 to win

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Anmolpreet Singh and Harpreet Singh fall in quick succession as Jharkhand restores a semblance of parity. Shahbaz Nadeem getting the breakthroughs. Punjab 141/3 after 15 Overs.

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Abhishek Sharma falls against the run of play. He is out for a 44-ball 72. His innings was studded with 10 fours and two sixes. A brilliant knock comes to an end: Anand Singh gets the breakthrough. Anmolpreet Singh joins Mandeep. Punjab 129/1 after 12.5 Overs.

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Abhishek Sharma is batting on 53 off 34 balls. He has hit six fours and two sixes so far. His captain Mandeep Singh is 11 shy of a fifty. Punjab 100/0 after 10 Overs.

Punjab vs Jharkhand: Mandeep Singh and Abhishek Sharma have got Punjab off to a flying start. The duo has brought up the team's 50 inside the Powerplay. Punjab 52/0 after 5 Overs.

Meanwhile, Punjab are batting first against Jharkhand, Abhishek Sharma and Mandeep Singh opening the innings.

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Nitish Rana's four for 17 coupled with Dhruv Shorey's fighting fifty power Delhi to a comprehenisve 77-run win. Maharashtra has been bundled out for 90.

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Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dipak pings: This is just one-way traffic. Maharashtra 68/7 in the 13th over. Every time the batsmen went over the top, they have found a fielder. Big win for Delhi coming up.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Rahul Tripathi follows suit and Maharashtra's run chase is falling apart in spectacular fashion. Varun Sood getting the breakthrough. Maharashtra 44/4 after 9 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Delhi firmly in the driver's seat as Lalit Yadav gets Naushad Shaikh out caught. Maharashtra three down for less than 50 on the board. Maharashtra 29/3 after 6 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: More trouble for Maharashtra: Kedar Jadhav is run out for just eight. Out comes the skipper, Rahul Tripathi. Plenty riding on him. Maharashtra 23/2 after 4 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Yash Nahar falls cheaply. Simarjeet Singh with the breakthrough. Kedar Jadhav joins Gaikwad. Maharashtra 9/1 after 2.3 Overs.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yash Nahar begin the run chase. Simarjeet Singh with the new ball.

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Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dhruv Shorey scored an unbeaten 48 as Delhi post 167 for the loss of five wickets against Maharashtra.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dipak pings from Surat: Good cameo by Himmat Singh. 32 off 16 balls but out bowled by Samad Fallah. Delhi 137-5 in the 18th overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Himmat Singh providing a much-needed late thrust with some lusty hitting: Three sixes and tour fours take him to 31 off just 13 balls. Shorey is batting on 28. Delhi 137/4 after 17 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dipak Ragav updates - 14th over Delhi 100/4. Rana out caught at square leg trying to go over midwicket. Every batsman has squandered the starts, throwing away their wickets. All depends on Dhruv Shorey, the skipper, to stay till the end. Delhi 108/4 after 15 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dhruv Shorey and Nitish Rana upping the ante. Shorey is batting on 20-ball 22 including two fours and a six. Rana, meanwhile, is on a run-a-ball 14. Delhi 91/3 after 13 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dipak Ragav updates from Surat - Delhi 70/3 in 10 overs. aggressive cricket, few sixes but also poor shots meant 3 wickets and no partnerships.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Kazi picks his second wicket, Anuj Rawat falls and Delhi are tottering at three for 68. Delhi 68/3 after 9 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Shamshuzama Mujtaba Kazi gets the big fish: Dhawan falls for 24. Maharashtra have pegged back Delhi with two quick strikes. Anuj Rawat and Dhruv Shorey are in the middle. Delhi 49/2 after 7 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Digvijay Deshmukh gets the breakthrough. Hiten Dalal's innings comes to an end. He falls for 16. Delhi 44/1 after 6 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Dhawan's off to a flying start. He is batting on 22 of 16 thanks to two fours and a six. Dalal is batting on a run-a-ball eight. Delhi 34/0 after 4 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Delhi going at eight runs an over at the moment. Hiten Dalal, Dhawan's opening partner, is biding his time. Samad Fallah sharing the new ball with Azim Kazi. Delhi 16/0 after 2 Overs.

Delhi vs Maharashtra: Azim Kazi with a rather expensive over where Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan collected 9 runs off him including a six. Delhi 9/0 after 1 Over.

UPDATE: Our man on the ground, S Dipak Ragav says the match has been delayed. We don't know why yet!  well.... scratch that, the match has begun.

TOSS UPDATE: Maharashtra has won the toss and elected to field.

 

Over the next 12 days, players from 10 teams will get one final shot at showcasing their abilities in the shortest format of the game ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions on December 19 in Kolkata as the Super League phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament kicks off here on Thursday.

With IPL scouts from most teams set to prowl the two venues - C. B, Patel Ground and Lalbhai Contractor Stadium - it will be interesting to see how the players and teams manage the expectations.

ALSO READ | Super League qualifiers, schedule, venues

Delhi coach KP Bhaskar conceded that the IPL auction is something everyone is aware of: “It is natural the auctions are at the back of their minds. But you have to keep reminding them to stay in the present moment and not to think too far ahead. If you do well then automatically you would be picked there and many of them are mature enough to understand that.”

Players like Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda (Baroda), Dhruv Shorey (Delhi) and Rahul Tripathi (Maharashtra), who were recently released by their IPL teams, will  hope to make a mark while promising pacers like Tushar Deshpande (Mumbai) and G. Periyasamy (Tamil Nadu) will be on the radar as well.

The Super League phase will see some high-profile clashes with domestic heavyweights like Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the same group. On Thursday, it will be a South Indian derby between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that will be the marquee match amongst the four contests.

The two teams recently met in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day competition, where Karnataka came out on top. The latter is the defending champion and has some strong players in the likes of KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Manish Pandey, though K Gowtham is unavailable due to an injury.

Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, will miss the services of opening batsman Murali Vijay who suffered an ankle injury and the opening is an area of concern for Tamil Nadu according to coach D. Vasu.

Teams Qualified:

A1-Baroda, A2-Karnataka

B1-Tamil Nadu, B2-Rajasthan

C1-Maharashtra, C2-Punjab

D1-Mumbai, D2-Haryana

E1-Delhi, E2-Jharkhand

 

In the first match of the day, Delhi takes on Maharashtra and the relatively inexperienced team led by Shorey will be heavily dependent on Shikhar Dhawan to lead the way. Mumbai and Haryana start their campaigns on Friday against Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan respectively.

Maharashtra vs Delhi, Super League, C1 vs E1 9:30 AM

Punjab vs Jharkhand, Super League, C2 vs E2 1:30 PM

Baroda vs Rajasthan, Super League, A1 vs B2 2:30 PM

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Super League, A2 vs B1 6:30 PM