Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Vidarbha stun Maharashtra by 7 wickets to enter quarters; Kerala, Karnataka too win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Vidarbha surprised Maharashtra by seven wickets within the first pre-quarterfinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday to enter the final-eight stage of the nationwide T20 championship.
Opting to area on the Feroz Shah Kotla, Vidarbha restricted Maharashtra to 157/8 regardless of a brisk 45-ball 66 by one-down Rahul Tripathi. Then they rode on half centuries by opener Atharva Taide (56 off 38 balls) and skipper Akshay Wadkar (58 not out off 47 balls) to chase down the goal with 13 balls to spare.
Maharashtra misplaced skipper Naushad Shaikh (0), who was trapped in entrance of the wicket by younger proper-arm pacer Yash Thakur (3/17), within the second over.

Then Tripathi, who struck 5 boundaries and three sixes, rallied the innings with opener Yash Nahar (29), as the 2 added 64 runs for the second wicket.
But left-arm orthodox bowler Akshay Karnewar (2/25) introduced Vidarbha again into rivalry by eradicating a nicely-set Nahar to go away Maharashtra at 77/2.
An out-of-type Kedar Jadhav (6) turned Karnewar’s second scalp as Maharashtra slipped to 91/3. Vidarbha bowlers saved making inroads and didn’t permit the opposition batters to settle.
Thanks to Tripathi’s knock, Maharashtra closed in on 160.
Chasing 158, Vidarbha misplaced opener Siddhesh Wath (0) within the first over. But Taide, who hammered six boundaries and a most, together with skipper Wadkar, knocked Maharashtra out of the match with their match-successful 95-run stand for the second wicket.
After Taide fell, the skipper took the onus upon himself to full the job within the firm of Jitesh Sharma (28 not out off 7 balls), who smashed three consecutive sixes.
Vidarbha, who superior from the plate group, will tackle Rajasthan within the third quarter-ultimate on the Airforce Ground in Palam on November 18.
Meanwhile, Karnataka defeated Saurashtra by two wickets in a thriller.
Electing to bat first, Saurashtra had been restricted to 145/7 with Sheldon Jackson scoring 50 in simply 43 balls.
Arpit Vasavada (26) and Prerak Mankad (23) additionally chipped in with helpful contributions.
Ok C Cariappa, V Vyashak and Koushik V took two wickets every.
Karnataka chased down the goal with a ball to spare.
Abhinav Manohar scored an unbeaten 70 in 49 balls with two fours and 6 sixes.
Contributions by Rohan Kadam (33) and Aniruddha Joshi (13) additionally performed a task within the workforce’s win.
In the third pre-quarterfinal, Kerala beat Himachal by eight wickets after half-centuries by Mohammed Azharuddeen and Sanju Samson.
Brief scores:
Maharashtra 157/8 (Rahul Tripathi 66, Yash Nahar 29; Yash Thakur 3/17, Akshay Karnewar 2/25) misplaced to Vidarbha 160/3 (Akshay Wadkar 58 not out, Atharva Taide 56; Mukesh Choudhry 1/24) by seven wickets.
Saurashtra 145/7 (Sheldon Jackson 50, Arpit Vasavada 26; V Vyashak 2/19) misplaced to Karnataka 150/8 (Abhinav Manohar 70 not out, Jaydev Unadkat 4/22) by two wickets.
Himachal 145/6 (Raghav Dhawan 65, Midhun S 2/26) misplaced to Kerala 147/2 (Mohammed Azharuddeen 60, Sanju Samson 52 not out; P P Jaswal 1/13) by eight wickets.

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