Himachal stun fancied Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali tourney

Nadaun (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 31 (IANS) A star-studded Delhi yet again produced a flop show going down to Himachal Pradesh by 48 runs in a north zone clash of the Inter State Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament here on Tuesday.

Chasing a decent 164, Delhi’s famed opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Gautam Gambhir (6) failed to live up to their reputation before the team finished on 115/9 at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium here.

In other north zone matches, Jammu and Kashmir created a major upset by beating Punjab by 26 runs in Dharamsala.

Punjab were skittled out for a meagre 101 after one down batsman Pranav Gupta’s 47-ball 52 guided Jammu and Kashmir to 127 after being sent in to bat.

In another match at the same venue, Haryana defeated Services by 16 runs. Electing to bat, Haryana set a target of 167 runs before restricting the Services side to 150 in their 20 overs.

Down south, Hyderabad edged past Kerala by five runs in a nail-biting encounter at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Chasing a paltry 127, Kerala squandered a great start to fall short by five runs at the end.

In another tie at the same venue, Karnataka defeated Andhra Pradesh by 37 runs. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pavan Deshpande top-scored with 51 runs to guide Karnataka to 177 and spoil Andhra skipper Hanuma Vihari’s fine effort of a 39-ball 55 as they could only manage to score 140/6 at the end.

In the tie at the IC Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai, hosts Tamil Nadu thrashed Goa by nine wickets in a lop-sided contest.

The home side lost the lone wicket of comeback man Murali Vijay in their chase of a meagre 108 with opener Abhinav Mukund top scoring with an unbeaten 52-ball 68.

In the east zone battle, Odisha romped home by three wickets against Jharkhand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

One down batsman Anurag Sarangi’s brilliant 48-ball 58 inspired Odisha to a thrilling win in response to Jharkhand’s 149.

In another match at the same venue, host Bengal pipped Tripura by five runs to avoid another upset.

Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary and lower order bat Pankaj Shaw scored 39 runs each to put the hosts in a comfortable position at 152/7 before wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel’s 41 almost took Tripura over the line, as the visitors settled for 147/8 in their response.

Hosts Rajasthan defeated Uttar Pradesh by 16 runs in a central zone contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Electing to bat, the home side rode on opener Ankit Lamba and one down Puneet Yadav’s identical scores of 61 runs to pile on 169/7. In reply, UP could only manage 153/7.

In another high-scoring affair at the same ground, Vidarbha beat Railways by 23 runs.

Riding on opener Jitesh Sharma (45), Ambati Rayudu (41) and Akshay Karnewar’s (42), Vidarbha scored a healthy 172 before restricting the Railways side to 149/7.